LITCHFIELD — Fourth degree black belt Ann Krantz, owner and instructor of Litchfield Tang Soo Do, spent 2018 competing across the United States on the North American Sports Karate Associate circuit. and, was the recipient of three world titles in Traditional Forms, Weapons and Sparring competition.
“It was a pretty intense schedule trying to balance my job, the school, and my own training,” said Krantz. “I have incredible coaches who kept me inspired and on track and fantastic instructors at LTSD who kept the school going while I was away at tournaments. Having the right people in your corner really makes all the difference.”
Krantz, who trains under the direction of 7th degree black belt Kwan Jang Nim Robert Leclerc, of Leclerc Martial Arts in Hyde Park, New York, makes the trek to New York weekly to train in the art of Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan.
She is a member of Team Leclerc, an international martial arts team coached by Leclerc. This year, in March, Krantz completed a 50-hour requirement for her Master rank.
“It was truly an amazing experience to put in over fifty hours of training in one week, but it was by far one of the most rewarding accomplishments of my career,” she said.
At the conclusion of the physically demanding week known as Ko Dan Ja, Krantz was promoted by Leclerc to the rank of 4th degree master blackbBelt.
“It was by far the most humbling experience of my life,” she said. “I am so grateful for the support of my students, families, coaches and most of all the love and support of my husband and son who share this incredible journey with me.”
Krantz, a resident of Watertown, co-owns and operates Litchfield Tang Soo Do with her husband Don, a master black belt, and third degree black belt and head instructor Jeremy Collette.
The school is home to 150 martial arts students of all ages from Litchfield and surrounding communities, who train in the Korean art of Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan.
For information on Litchfield Tang Soo Do, visit www.litchfieldtangsoodo.com .