Black belt profile F.I. Lopes
|Name||-||Frank Irving Lopes|
|Place of birth and date||-||Aruba 16-11-1948|
|Sporting club||-||Kwon Moo|
|Black Belt obtained in||-||2003|
|Dan-grade to this day||-||1st Dan (Cho Dan)|
Personal experience / vision of Tang Soo Do:
Cho Dan Frank Lopes
It is a great honour for me to extend and express my love and gratitude in this profile, concerning my Tang Soo Do experience and musical background. It's very interesting to see how the mystery of the past, present and future moves on. It's amazing to see how some people with a complete different lifestyle or with other interests, meet eachother some way or the other and get involved in activities, that can develop into beautiful, harmonious business-relationships or great friendship in the future. The human race is one family and if we love one another, we will wish eachother happiness and live in harmony as reasonable peace-loving brothers and sisters in this world. At an early age I've considered Martial Arts in general a very exciting art. It has always meant much more to me, than just punching and kicking.
In my opinion it's an art of logics and tactics, which one can learn and even develop such a high level of skills, to eventually become invincible. When I was a little boy in Aruba, my parents would often visit my grandmother, where at that time my uncle (Pito) also was living and practicing the art of boxing. My brother Manuel Lopes and I, would often get his permission to do some sparring with him (as a team against him). The two of us would try to punch him with our tiny little fists as hard as we could and my uncle would also punch us very subtle with his big boxinggloves. This was a very nice experience which made us feel brave!! My uncle always told me that I was a showboy, because during the sparring I would often make a lot of funny sounds and do sham-attacks, dancing around, escaping and coming back but not really attacking. I was always afraid of getting hurt, that's why I would be extra careful.
My uncle would often laugh and enjoy my amusing (witty) style. He would also say that my style was a smart approach and that he would always keep an eye on me, because it could be a tactic to confuse and distract the opponent and suddenly enter with a surprising attack. My uncle always said "never underestimate a person". In the seventies and eighties I enjoyed looking at the karate movies of Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris and other Karate stars. I was always excited when I saw those sensational and spetacular movies. Bruce Lee has always been my greatest hero. Due to my dedication to the music all of those years, I didn't get involved in the martial arts to study and practice a style. But I've always had the fantasy and plans to get started some time in the future. Music and Martial Arts are the most beautiful arts!!! I became a very good guitarplayer by practicing constantly with devotion. This universal law or principle works for everything that one would like to achieve. It's a confident feeling.
f.l.t.r.: Frank Lopes and
Master Penny Mitchell (4th Dan Haidong Gumdo)
In 1997 at the age of 48, I started to practice Tang Soo Do, which became just like the music, an important part of my life. My plan at first was to practice for one year, to slimdown and become limber and flexible, learn the kicking- techniques and make my body stronger, to create an extra flashy and sensational appeal on stage with my new musical soloproject. The results of one year training were amazing. I learned beautiful techniques, I became slim, limber and very flexible. I now started to understand the Teachings and Art of Tang Soo Do and I became very enthousiastic and fanatic. I didn't stop with Tang Soo Do after one year, but decided to keep on studying and learning everything that was necessary to become a 1st Dan (Black Belt). This became my new and interesting challenge. In 2003 I've done a successful Tang Soo Do Black Belt examination and obtained the 1st Dan (Black Belt) grade. I'm not only practicing the art of Tang Soo Do, for I've now started to follow a course in an ancient Korean art called "Haidong Gumdo" (Korean Swordsmanship).
The system of the Tang Soo Do examinations is very good to my opinion. Here is an interesting aspect of the examinations: to prevent the neglect of all the theory and techniques one has learnt for earlier examinations, one has to demonstrate at every following examination, that one knows all the stuff of the former examinations and all the new stuff for the new examination. This system keeps one continuously sharp and gives one that special confident feeling.
CANDIDATES FOR 1st AND 2nd DAN BLACK BELT EXAMINATIONS JUNE 8th 2003
From Left to Right:
Rick de Goede 1st DAN, Tjarco Westerveld 1st DAN, Pieter Spoelstra 1st DAN, Frank Lopes 1st DAN,
Ronald Pander 2nd DAN, Ria Draaisma 1st DAN, Niels van der Geest 1st DAN, Eray Bayrak 1st DAN,
Maarten van der Spek 2nd DAN
The Tang Soo Do tournaments are always an exciting happening, where one can meet other people with the love for the same art. They come from all parts of the world to compete in sparring matches, forms, forms with weapons, breaktests etc. I have participated in several Championships with very successful results.
|My championships and results:|
|In 1998||-||Kwon Moo Club Championships in Groningen||:||1st place||-||Hyungs (forms)|
|In 1999||-||Kwon Moo Club Championships in Groningen||:||3rd place||-||Sparring|
|In 1999||-||Dutch Championships||:||1st place||-||Breaking|
|In 1999||-||Dutch Championships||:||1st place||-||Hyungs (forms)|
|In 2000||-||NRW German Championships||:||1st place||-||Breaking|
|In 2000||-||NRW German Championships||:||2nd place||-||Bong (forms)|
|In 2000||-||NRW German Championships||:||3rd place||-||Hyungs (forms)|
|I have attended the following Tang Soo Do karate Clinics and Trainings:|
|Oct 1997||-||Tang Soo Do Clinic from Master John Godwin 4th Dan and his wife Michelle 3rd Dan|
|Nov 1999||-||Tang Soo Do Clinic / Training from Grand Master Jae Chul Shin 8th Dan, from WTSDA|
|Mar 2001||-||Tang Soo Do Clinic from Master Mark Adlington 4th DAN, |
Black Dragon Academy International
|Feb 2002||-||Tang Soo Do Clinic from Master David Sgro 6th DAN|
|Oct 2002||-||Tang Soo Do Clinic / Training from Grandmaster Richard Byrne 8th DAN, |
President and founder of The American Tang Soo Do Association
|Oct 2004||-||Tang Soo Do and Haidong Gumdo special master clinic / training from the following |
Grandmaster and Masters from the USA at sporting school Ketelaar in Ulft,
|Tang Soo Do Clinic / Training||-||Grandmaster Richard Byrne 8th DAN|
|Tang Soo Do and Haidong Gumdo Clinic / Training||-||Master Penny Mitchell 6th DAN|
|Tang Soo Do Clinic / Training||-||Master Brain White 5th DAN|
|Tang Soo Do Clinic / Training||-||Master Steve DiGloria 4th DAN|
|Tang Soo Do Clinic / Training||-||Master Douglas Housekeeper 4th DAN|
Photo taken at the end of the open Dutch Championships in Wehl, the Netherlands 16th of October 2004
with Grandmaster Richard Byrne, Masters and Blackbelts.
Photo taken at the end of the Tang Soo Do special clinic / training at
sporting school Ketelaar in Ulft, the Netherlands 17th of October 2004.
Grandmaster Richard Byrne, Masters, Blackbelts and students of lower grades (Gups).
Photo taken at the end of the Haidong Gumdo special clinic / training
at sporting school Ketelaar in Ulft, the Netherlands 17th of October 2004
with Master Penny Mitchell (4th Dan Haidong Gumdo).
Frank Lopes and
Grandmaster Richard Byrne 8th DAN
Master Penny Mitchell 6th DAN
and Frank Lopes
Master Brain White 5th DAN
and Frank Lopes
Frank Lopes and
Master Douglas Housekeeper 4th DAN
Frank Lopes and
Master Steve DiGloria 4th DAN
Thanks for your visit and:
"LET YOUR TANG SOO DO FEELING GROW
STRONGER AND STRONGER"