128th Dan Classing Championship

“Connecting Our Actions with our History”

September 30-October 1, 2011 in Whitefish, Montana. The Sawbuck Dojang will be hosting the 128th Dan Classing Championships in Whitefish, Montana. Pre-register before September 11 for the best pricing available.

Schedule of Events

Friday September 30

Time Event Location
1:00 to 5:00 Dan Candidate Workout Whitefish Middle School
1:00 to 4:00 Dan Hyung Seminar Whitefish Middle School
4:30 to 5:30 Instructor Training Seminar Whitefish Middle School
6:00 to 7:30 Dan Seminar Whitefish Middle School
7:30 to 8:15 Region 8 Debrief Whitefish Middle School

Saturday October 1

Time Event Location
8:00 to 8:45 Neh Gong Seminar Whitefish Middle School
9:00 to 10:30 All Rank Seminar Whitefish Middle School
10:30 to 11:30 129th Dan Classing Potential Candidate Workout Whitefish Middle School
10:30 to 11:30 NEW! Regional Examiner Help Seminar Whitefish Middle School
11:30 to 12:00 PVT Meeting Whitefish Middle School
12:00 to 12:45 Lunch Whitefish Middle School
1:00 to 3:00 128th Dan Classing Championships Whitefish Middle School
5:00 to 7:00 Celebration Banquet Community Center


The following pre-registration prices expire September 15, 2011. Prices will go up $10 after September 15.

Individual Seminar Participation: $40.00

Family Seminar Participation: $30.00/person

Adult Banquet: $35.00

Children Banquet: $20.00

Commemorative T-Shirt: $20.00


The Pine Lodge
920 Spokane Ave.
406-862 7600
Group Name: Soo Bahk Do
Group rate of $78 plus tax, shuttle from the airport available, located one half mile from downtown Whitefish.

The Downtowner Inn
224 Spokane Ave.
406-862 2535
Group Name: Soo Bahk Do
Group rate of $69 plus tax double occupancy, located three blocks from training and banquet locations, transport from airport can be arranged through The Sawbuck Do Jang students.

Description of Events

Dan Candidate Workout

This afternoon session is only open to Testing Candidates and is officially the start of the test.  During this time, the format of the test will be given and opportunities to practice and acquire proper group harmony.  This is a mandatory attendance class for the candidates.

Dan Hyung Seminar

All Dan members are invited to participate.  This is a time where dan members are able to practice dan-level hyung and ensure proper standardization.  Our Regional Examiners generally teach this seminar.

Instructor Training Seminar

This class is open to Sa Bom, Kyo Sa, and Jo Kyo members who are either instructors at their schools or frequent assistants. This seminar will explore ways to keep students motivated.

Dan Seminar

The Dan Seminar is for You Dan Ja and Ko Dan Ja members only. The seminar will be taught by our regional examiners and TAC representative. The theme will be “Connecting Our Actions with our History”.

Regional Department Debrief

Agenda TBD.

Neh Gong Seminar

This morning class will teach the internal aspects of our art, including Ki Gong and Ho Hoop Cho Chung exercises.

All Rank Seminar

The Saturday seminars will be broken up into 3 distinct classes: Dans, Gups, and the Youth Ambassador Seminar (ages 7-15).  The Gup and Dan seminars are taught by our Regional Examiners and the Youth seminar is taught by the region’s Youth Ambassador. The theme will be “Connecting Our Actions with our History”.

129th Dan Classing Potential Candidate Workout

Anyone who would like to test during the 129th Dan Classings in April 2012 needs to attend this class with Griggs, Sa Bom Nim (Our TAC Representative). This will be a pre-evaluation where you will receive constructive feedback on how you can best prepare for your next promotion.

NEW! Regional Examiner Help Seminar

This one-hour seminar will be tailored to the individual and collective needs of the membership. As a part of the registration process, you will be asked to state areas you wish to improve. From the list of responses, the Regional Examiners will create a seminar tailored to the majority of responders. Seminar may be broken up into various segments.

PVT Meeting

This 15-30 minute meeting discusses the PVT goals of our region.  Each dojang is required to have one representative to report on PVT activities.


On your own. Please see the map for restaurant locations nearby.

Dan Classing Championship

The Dan Classing Championships is the main event of the weekend where the testing candidates will test in front of the Examination Board.  This is open to the public.

Celebration Banquet

Whitefish Community Center Banquet