2016 Anniversaries



65 Years

Kwan Jang Nim Song Ki Kim
Soungtan, South Korea

A student of Jeong Suk Kim (Dan # 158), Grandmaster Kim began training in Tang Soo Do in 1951 and has been dedicated to the growth of the art ever since. He was instructor of the Korean military army brigade at Osan, Korea in 1957 and later founded the Tang Soo Do School at the US Air Force base, Osan, Korea in March of 1958. On January 31, 1960 he founded the Tang Soo Do Regional headquarters at Kyoung Ki province of Korea. He is also founder and president of the World Dang Soo Do Union.

50 Years

Kwan Jang Nim Stephen Washington
Noarlunga, South Australia

Kwan Jang Nim Washington, 9th Dan, began his study of the martial arts in 1966 at the age of 16. His first teacher was Master Kim Sung Hwan. Following his instructor's passing in the mid '80s, he traveled extensively and trained with the old masters his instructor had introduced him to: Master Lee, Y.G. (Korea), Master Tanaka G.R. (Okinawa), and Master Yang J.T. (China). Kwan Jang Nim Washington is the founder of the Asia Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation and continues to travel and teach throughout Australia, Asia and the U.S.

Grandmaster David Schmitt
Dubuque, Iowa

Grandmaster Schmitt. 7th Dan, began his Tang Soo Do under Mr. Amos Judd at the Ft. Sam Houston Tang Soo Do Karate Club, where he was stationed in the U. S. Army. In 1970 he opened the first karate school in the state of Iowa, the Dubuque Karate Club, where he continues to teach. From 1990 to 2011 he trained under Grandmaster Jae C. Shin of the World Tang Soo Do Association and received his 7th Dan ranking from him. Grandmaster Schmitt is also the founder of the American Tang Soo Do Karate Institute.

Master Doug Wilke
Naugatuck, Connecticut

Master Wilke, 8th Dan, has been training in the martial arts since 1966 and also holds a 1st Dan in Jujitsu. He trains under Grandmaster Robert Cheezic and is a member of the Cheezic Tang Soo Do Federation. He was inducted into the Professional Karate League (PKL) Hall of Fame in 1996, into the Action Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2004, and into the Cheezic Tang Soo Do Hall of Fame in 2011. 

45 Years

Cheezic Tang Soo Do Federation

Wolcott, Connecticut

Founded in 1971 by Grandmaster Robert Cheezic, Dan # 2278, the Cheezic Tang Soo Do Federation is the oldest continually operating Tang Soo Do organization in the U.S. To date, the Federation has a board of over 50 master belts that assist in overseeing the operation of 70 federation sponsored schools worldwide.

Master Jan van der Schee

Waddinxveen, Netherlands

Master van der Schee, 7th Dan, began his martial arts training in Tae Kwon Do in 1971 at the age of 17 under Grandmaster Theo Salm. In 1979 he began his study of Tang Soo Do and trained under a number of Grandmasters including Beom Jhoo Lee (Belgium), Kang Uk Lee, H. C. Hwang, Dominic Giacobbe, and Richard Byrne. In 2010, he was awarded his 7th Dan by the late Grandmaster Byrne. Master van der Schee is also the President and Co-founder of the All Tangsoodo Organization.

35 Years

Master Constantino Terrigno
Sanford, Florida

Master Terrigno, 6th Dan, began his martial arts training in February 1981 in Kyokushinkai and then Isshinryu until 1987 when he began studying Tang Soo Do under Masters Darrell Schulze and his instructor Master Young Ki Hong, son-in-law of Great Grandmaster Hwang Kee. He currently trains under Grandmaster Andy Ah Po and is a member of the Tang Soo Do Martial Way Association. Master Terrigno is also the creator and editor of this site, Tang Soo Do World.

Master Robert McCoy
Hutchinson, Kansas

Master McCoy, 5th Dan, started training in Tang Soo Do in 1981 in San Angelo, Texas with Donny Meadows. He is the owner / instructor of Jade Mountain Martial Arts in South Hutchinson, Kansas, and is a member of the Saenghwal Hohup Kwan (Breath of Life School) Tang Soo Do Federation.

Devita Karate Academy
Greenwich, Connecticut

Serving the Greenwich, Connecticut area since 1981, Devita Karate Academy is headed
by Master
Joseph Devita, 8th Dan, and is a member of the Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan Association.

25 Years

  Vaillancourt's Korean Martial Arts
Huron, South Dakota

Vaillancourt's Korean Martial Arts was founded in 1991 by Master Dana Vaillancourt when he started teaching his own Korean martial arts program as a Master Instructor. Master Vaillancourt is currently an 8th Dan in Tang Soo Do under Grandmaster Kim, Chung Il and the International Association of Korean Martial Arts (IAKMA). Master Vaillancourt received his Tang Soo Do Dan ranks up to 7th Dan from Grandmaster Kim, Jae Joon and joined the IAKMA after the death of Grandmaster Kim, Jae Joon in 2007.

Master Rodrigo Cruz
Viera, Florida

Master Rodrigo Cruz, 5th Dan, began his martial arts training in April 1991 in Tang Soo Do (currently Soo Bahk Do) Moo Duk Kwan under the instruction of Grandmaster H.C. Hwang, son of Grandmaster Hwang Kee. He is still an active student of Grandmaster H.C. Hwang to this day and regional examiner in the US Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation. He is also a chief instructor and studio owner at Viera Soo Bahk Do, Viera, FL.


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