Archive for May, 2010

Master Madden Funeral Arrangements

May 29th, 2010

Sunday, May 30th, 2-4pm & 7-9pm
Monday, May 31st, 5-8pm

Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home
4031 Clyde Park SW
Wyoming MI 49509

Tuesday, June 1st
 11am Service, followed by a luncheon
 2pm Cemetary

St. John Vianney Catholic Church
4101 Clyde Park Avenue Southwest
Wyoming, MI 49509

Additional information to come as it becomes available…

Master Michael C. Madden – Rest in Peace

May 28th, 2010

It is with extremely heavy heart I pass on the word that Master Michael C. Madden passed away at about 6:45pm Friday evening. He passed away at home. With him was his wife (Karen), daughter Kelli and her new husband, and daughter Kacie. Also present was Karen’s sister from Tennessee at his side.

Michael was 49 years of age and died from liver cancer. His father also passed at 49 years of age and from cancer.

His viewing will be Sunday or Monday @ DeGraff Funeral Home on Clyde Park Ave. in Wyoming, MI, 616-534-5417. The service will be at St. John Vianney Church also on Clyde Park Ave., 616-534-5449.

JGM Good

Special Belt Promotion Ceremony: Wed. 5/26 in Wyoming, MI

May 25th, 2010

There will be a special Belt Promotion Ceremony held in Wyoming Michigan;

Date:                  Wednesday May 26, 2010.
Honoree:          Master Michael Madden 4th Dan
Location:         1063 32 nd Ave SW
                           Wyoming Michigan
Time:               Arrive to line up in his yard by 6:45PM
Presentation:  7PM

Dress appropriately. 3rd Dan and below in uniform (or professional apparel) 4 Dan and above in Masters Jacket (or professional apparel)
PLEASE, park in public parking areas close to his home and do NOT block his driveway.

For those who don’t know, Master Madden is in the final stages of his battle with cancer.  This special belt promotion ceremony is being held to honor him and his outstanding contributions to Tae Kwon Do.

Friday’s 2nd Referee Clinic Another Success

May 23rd, 2010

A dedicated group of color and black belts participated in the Referee Clinic hosted by WMTKDA, and taught by Sr. Master Singer this past Friday. Participants learned the new rules and standards to be used in the upcoming State Games of Michigan / Tae Park Tae Kwon Do Tournament in June. This class was like the last, with one new twist. The entire 3 hour class was live streamed via the internet to invited guests who logged into the video streaming player on the Events page of this very website. A partial list of our guests included: Junior Grandmaster Warren (MI), Junior Grandmaster Bernard (Wyoming), Master Sanderson (MI), and Mr. Gartland

Thank you to JGM Good and Sr. Master Singer for putting on this excellent event! If you wern’t lucky enough to make it to this event, there will be one last clinic held on 5/22 from 2-5pm, at St. Mark Lutheran School in Kentwood.

An Open Letter from Senior Master Tetro

May 18th, 2010

Dear Grand Master Park, Jr. Grand Masters, Senior Masters, Masters, Black Belts and Color Belts.

As we teach and grow year after year we become close. We are instructors and students, and we always need to remember our place and uphold the mannerisms of Tae Kwon Do. But low and behold we end up loving one another or at a minimum respecting each other, despite our differences.

We all Love Tae Park and all he has done for us. We all love Tae Kwon Do and that’s why we do what we do.

So this e-mail is to let you know:

#1 how wonderful you all are to me, and how much I appreciate all of you. Even if I do not know you personally.

#2 Is I have a student named Daniel Ziglinski. He is a low blue belt. You might remember him trying to break the 8 boards in Tennessee with a slippery side kick. He didn’t break them that day, which I thought was strange because this guy had an exceptional slippery side kick.

This story of Daniel started near the end November. We were about to test and Daniel came down with a bad cough and began to feel really bad. He never liked to miss class, and after missing two or three he decided to return so he could get ready for the testing. He was coughing and hacking so bad I told him he had to go to the doctor and get checked out because I could not have him hacking all over Grand Master Park and all the rest of us when we went to Tennessee. Daniel was kind of like me. We think we can ride sickness out and our bodies will heal themselves. We got the MAN’S – MAN thing going on and we don’t need to go to a doctor. “Dah”. But that’s how we are. So Daniel went and got an anti biotic. His cough was minimized for the Tennessee seminar, but when we got back to Kansas City he went back to the doctor. The doctor gave him another anti biotic because the first one helped but it didn’t cure him. A few weeks latter around the first of April, Daniel went back to the doctor and told him he was still feeling ill. so they took pictures of his lungs and low and behold, Daniel had stage 4 cancer. That is as bad as it gets I am told.

Daniel is a strong Christian and knows he is going to be with God in heaven, and is very comfortable with that. He told me his only problem was that he wasn’t sure God was teaching Tae Kwon Do up there. I assured him that God is greatest Master of all so not to worry. In the middle of April they gave Daniel 6 months to a year to live.

Daniel died yesterday, May 15, 2010. He was in his 40’s, a single man with a huge family and a wonderful girl friend named Rebeca, who is a low green belt with us.

Daniel will be truly missed. He was a wonderful young man, a pleasure to be around, and a really good blue belt that would have made a great black belt, should he have been allowed to stay with us. I will miss him. I am also sure Daniel would like me to thank all of you for being in his life, to thank you for Tae Park Tae Kwon do. to tell you if you don’t have God in your life you should. Why is one can hold on to God’s promises that after we die we will be going to a better place, and Gods peace during these last few months have comforted him more than most can imagine.

In closing I want to thank you all, and to tell you how great it is to know you. May God Bless you and keep you close to him.

Best Wishes
Senior Master Tetro

Funeral Arrangements & Memorium Information

The funeral is Saturday – May 22. 2010 at 11:30 AM

Flowers should be sent to:
McGilley Memorial Chapel
20 West Linwood Boulevard
Kansas City, Missouri 64111

Daniel’s brother is settling all of his finances.  Donations should be sent to:
Eric Ziglinski
7530 N. Nodaway Ave.
Kansas City, Missouri 64152-4679.

Final Referee Clinic, May 22nd, 2-5pm

May 2nd, 2010

Junior Grand Master Good will be a hosting another Referee Clinic, that will be taught by Sr. Master Singer.
~ Red through 3rd Dan should bring armor and head gear.

When:  May 22nd 2-5pm
Where:  St Mark Lutheran School (gymnasium)
                  1934 52nd Street SE, Kentwood, MI 49508
Who:  Red belts through 6th Dan
Fee: $10 donation to MADDOG FUND (includes Master Instructors)