2015 Anniversaries

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70 Years

World Moo Duk Kwan
Springfield, New Jersey

On November 9, 1945 the late Grandmaster Hwang Kee founded the Moo Duk Kwan in Yongsan-ku in Korea. The art that he originally established was called Hwa Soo Do. In 1947 it was reformulated and became known as Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan. A further evolution took place in the 1980s with the introduction of new material at which time it was again renamed Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan to better reflect its Korean heritage.

50 Years

Beaudoin Academy of Karate
Waterbury, Connecticut

The Academy was founded by Grandmaster Robert Beaudoin in 1965 following the completion of his military service with the Air Force and his moving to Connecticut from Roswell, New Mexico. Grandmaster Beaudoin was a student of Grandmaster J. C. Shin, a relationship which also lasted 50 years, from 1962, when he began Tang Soo Do training at Osan Air base in Korea until 2012, the year of Grandmaster Shin's passing.

Grandmaster Michael March
Mike March's Korean Karate, Portage, Michigan

Grandmaster March, 8th Dan, began Tang Soo Do in 1965 with Grandmaster David J. Praim. He was one of the nation's best fighters in the '70s and early '80s as a member of the elite Karate Institute Competition and Demonstration Team. He personally trained with the late Great Grandmaster Hwang Kee, the Founder of Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan and was promoted to 4th Dan by him in 1976. He also started the first Korean Karate class for college credit in Michigan at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.

45 Years

Grandmaster Darryl Khalid
Khalid's Martial Arts, Glendale, Arizona

Grandmaster Darryl D. Khalid began his martial arts training in Korea in 1970, while stationed at Osan Air Force Base in Korea. His instructor was Grandmaster Chun Sik Kim. As a former member of the World Tang Soo Do Association, he served as the chairperson of the self defense committee developing new techniques for instructor training. In 1997 he formed  the Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance and currently serves as its president. In 2010 Grandmaster Khalid was inducted into the World Black Belt Hall or Fame. He was awarded
his 9th Dan in March 2014 by his current instructor, Grandmaster Andy Ah Po.

Master David L. Reed
Reed's Active Martial Arts & Wellness Club - Reseda, California

Master Reed, 6th Dan, began martial arts training in 1970 in Judo and Jujitsu. From 1975
until 1979 he studied Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu and Jeet Kune Do, at which time he began his study of Tang Soo Do. He tested for 1st Dan under Chuck Norris in 1984 and later met and began teaching part-time for Grandmaster Ho Sik Pak at Paks Tang Soo Do. In 2012, he
co-founded and opened Reeds Active Martial Arts and Wellness Club in Germany and in California with Kyosa Lady L. Reed. He was appointed Vice president to the newly formed Universal Martial Arts Alliance in 2014 and is also a member of the World Dang Soo Do Union

40 Years

Master Antonio Rivera Jr.
Rivera's Tang Soo Do, Meriden, CT

Master Rivera, 6th Dan, started training in Tang Soo Do in 1975 under Master Robert E. Beaudoin. He received his Masters rank in 1998 from World Tang Soo Do Association where he also served as a Regional Director. He also spent a few years with the International Tang Soo Do Federation. In addition to his training in Tang Soo Do, Master Rivera is also well versed in Capoeira, Shoot Fighting, Combat Hapkido, and Modern Arnis. He currently trains under Grandmaster John St. James of the Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation.

Master Ricardo Longinotti

Dojang Anchorena, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Master Longinotti, 7th Dan, was thirteen when he began his Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan training in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His teachers were all students of the late founder of Tang Soo Do, Grandmaster Hwang Kee. He received his 1st Dan (#22616) in 1982 from Master Gustavo Poletti. A current student of Grandmaster Charles Ferraro he was appointed in 2010 as Coordinator for Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan in South America, and in January of 2015 was appointed to the organization's Technical Advisory Committee.

West Haven Academy of Karate
West Haven, Connecticut

The West Haven Academy of Karate, Inc., is the oldest full-time martial arts institution serving the Southern Connecticut area. It was established in 1975 by Grandmaster Charles Ferraro, founder of the Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan Association.

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The Tang Soo Do Training Club of Wyandotte
Wyandotte, Michigan

The club was started in 1975 as the Wyandotte Aikido and Karate Club by Master Gary Hasson. It is currently run by Master Ken Moore, 53, of Grosse Ile, who took over the business in 2004 when he was a senior student. The unique tradition the club has is that it
is handed down every few years to a student. The club also continues under the guidance
of Grandmaster Dale Drouillard, the first American to receive a black belt in Tang Soo Do.

35 Years


30 Years

Western Pacific Tang Soo Do Association
Sacramento, California

In 1959, Grandmaster Mariano Estioko (Dan # 759) the second American to achieve a Dan rank in Tang Soo Do at the Osan Air Base in Korea, returned to Sacramento and began teaching the art to a select few. Due to the growth of his organization, Grandmaster Estioko formed the Western Pacific Tang Soo Do Association in 1985.

Master Jason Duva
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Master Duva began Tang Soo Do in 1985 at Lawrenceville School Karate in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He received his black belt in 1989 and in 1992, founded Brown Tang Soo in Providence, Rhode Island. A student of Grandmaster John St. James, he holds a 5th Dan with the Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation and currently teaches at Cambridge Tang Soo in Massachusetts. Master Duva is also a practicing attorney, specializing in intellectual property and computer law.

25 Years

Pal Che Tang Soo Do
Glenolden, Pennsylvania

Pal Che Tang Soo Do was opened in Glenolden, PA in April 1990 by Mr. Dennis DiMarco and Mr. Ron Raver, and was originally called The Tang Soo Do Institute. The school went through various ownership changes until 2011 when Master Centrone retired and passed the school to its longtime student and assistant instructor, Mr. Nicholas D'Amato, its current owner. Since its inception, Pal Che Tang Soo Do has been a member of the World Tang Soo Do Association. Over the past 25 years, over 1,000 students and 80 Black Belts have trained at this school. 

North American Karate and Fitness &
North American Tang Soo Do Association

Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Founded in 1990 by Master Peter Oien, 7th Dan, North American Karate & Fitness and its parent organization, the North American Tang Soo Do Association, has been teaching and maintaining the traditional art of Tang Soo Do as it was handed down by Grandmaster Hwang Kee.


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