2014 International Tang Soo Do Federation World Championship

This past July (yea I know….I’m behind posting…..lol), I traveled over to Lisbon, Portugal. I already posted the photos from my travels there, but the real reason for going was the ITF World Championship. I’ve trained in Tang Soo Do for about 14 years now, and it happened that my master’s test coincided with the world tournament. Soooooo, I went to Portugal. HA! It was great being around so many martial artists for a few days, and I got to know some really cool people from around the world in the meantime. The tournament was a long day, as always, but it’s awesome seeing so many great athletes doing their thing. Yes, people can fly, they flew all day long haha. I ended up judging a lot, so I didn’t get AS MANY photos as expected (like 500+ wasn’t enough…), but I got some great ones. SO, without further ado, here’s my coverage of the championship!

The beginning of a “thing”

This past summer, I had the opportunity to venture overseas for the first time. I headed over to Lisbon, Portugal for the International Tang Soo Do Federation’s World Championship. Naturally I took tons of photos, after all, how could I not??

Portugal is definitely a whole new world, while I could get bits and pieces of the language well enough to get around, the actual city is completely different. EVERYTHING is paved, and not by blacktop. It’s miles and miles and miles and miles of individual 3”x3” ceramic tile. It’s mind blowing. Seriously, we use blacktop like it’s water, and they lay billions of little tiles. And there’s graffiti everywhere. Not just tags or initials like we have here in America, I’m talking whole building sides, giant murals filling every available space. It takes some serious planning, and while maybe being a crime like it is here, it’s incredibly beautiful.

Just the fact that it’s so old too, like our country only goes back a few hundred years, Europe is OLD. Buildings centuries old, buildings on top of buildings, generations of architectural styles. There’s just so much. I only spent a few days there, but came away with several thousand pictures, so here’s just a few! I may post more on my Facebook page eventually, so keep a look out on there, too!