To all C.T.F. members and friends, please take a moment to reflect on the loss of the following C.T.F. members:
Master Norbert “Butch” Avila 1951-2020 5th degree Black Belt, Master Instructor at Bob Davis Martial Arts for over 30 years. Chief instructor at Hidalgo Texas Youth center, for 21 years. Specialist teaching disabled, autistic and ADHD children. Senior member South Texas CTF demo team. Martial arts competitor in both open and CTF Tournaments 1985-2003. His passion was to help and teach disadvantaged youth in our poor neighborhoods. Master Avila believed everyone needed to learn Taekwondo no matter their economic status nor their physical/mental situation. His own struggles with his health drove his passion and he fulfilled these goals by starting TaeKwondo programs in poor neighborhoods throughout the area he lived in. He was a fine example of the True spirit of Taekwondo.
We lost 3rd Degree Honer Scroggins on 7/7/17, her favorite number was 7 and her daughter is 7. She is the daughter of CTF Master Instructor Roger Scroggins in Florida. Honor bravely fought cancer for years, she will be dearly missed.
How I will remember Senior Master David Burns 7th Dan and founder of Burns Taekwon-Do. Submitted by Senior Master Lenny Young. I first met David while attending Lock Haven State University in the 70’s. Our relationship created many years of countless memories. The expression “take a big bite out of life” certinally applies to David. Some people like to take a leisurely drive, David drove to Wyoming. Some people like to go camping, David would go with just the clothes on his back. Some people like to go for a jog, David liked to run up and down mountains, I joined him one time and the next thing I knew I’m at the top of a mountain gasping for air and he just has this grin on his face, some of you may know this grin! Some people like to go for a bike ride, David rode with some of his students from Selinsgrove to Bellefonte over the hilly terrain. David was very smart with a fantastic memory, he would pick up new forms the first time, when asked how he could do it he replied “I just see it, I picture it in my mind and it stays there”. As the years progressed we grow very close along with my love and admiration of him. When people asked how Master Burns was doing they always said what great memories and what a huge inspiration he is. When we talked about his medical issues he never said “why me”? He never felt sorry for himself. He just knew the facts of the situation and go full speed ahead with all the steps to get better. He NEVER gave up! David was a great man, father, husband, brother and son. Although he has left this earth, he will be with me FOREVER. David, save us a spot – we hope to be with you someday. I LOVE YOU MAN!!
Juan Gonzales trained with Galvans’s Taekwon-Do Martial Arts in Brownsville, TX. He died in an unfortunate accident November 11th, 2013 at a young age of 20. Many of you will remember Juan when he tested for Black Belt in Danville, PA in 2009. An exceptional fighter he tore up the tournament circuit in Texas. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. He was buried in his C.T.F. uniform.
With deep sadness we honor the life of Mr. Richard Stroh, 2nd Dan C.T.F., one of Senior Master Doug Eatons first Taekwon-Do students. His obituary states; “He enjoyed the spirit of adventure and embraced life to the end”, that was Rick. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Stroh family. He was buried in his C.T.F. uniform and wearing his rank. I’ll miss you Rick.
Master Alma Roque 4th Dan 22 years as Master Bob Davis Student. The first Instructor of Taekwon-Do at The University of Texas Pan American. Passed away in 2011