2014 Anniversaries

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60 Years

Grandmaster Hyun Chul Hwang
U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation - Springfield, New Jersey

Son of the late Great Grandmaster Kee Hwang, Grandmaster H. C. Hwang, 9th Dan, began his martial arts training in 1954 at the age of 7. He earned his Cho Dan at the age
of 9, becoming the youngest Dan holder in Korea at that time. He is current president of the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation and the World Moo Duk Kwan. 

55 Years

Grandmaster Robert Cheezic
Cheezic Tang Soo Do Federation - Wolcott, Connecticut

An original student of Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin, Grandmaster Cheezic, 10th Dan (#2278) began his Tang Soo Do training in 1959 while serving in the U.S. Air Force in Korea. In a 1974 "Official Karate" interview, Grandmaster Shin remarked, "Of the thousands of students I have trained, only two have attained champion status - Chuck Norris and Bob Cheezic."

Grandmaster David Praim
K. I. Tang Soo Do, Shelby Township, Michigan

Grandmaster Praim, 9th Dan (#3593) was a Tang Soo Do pioneer in Michigan in the late 1960s. He studied Tang Soo Do in Korea under Master Jung Ha Lee while serving in the military from 1959 to 1962. He received his Cho Dan in 1961 following his testing in Pusan, Korea. In 1967 he was appointed Director of Moo Duk Kwan for the State of Michigan by Grand Master Hwang Kee.


50 Years

Master Ted Mason
Oceanside Soo Bahk Do - Oceanside, California

Master Mason, 8th Dan, has been practicing the art of Tang Soo Do (Soo Bahk Do) Moo Duk Kwan since 1964 and currently serves on the Hu Kyun In Committee of the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation. This year also marks his 40th year training in Kendo (Japanese Swordsmanship), in which he holds a 4th degree as well as a 3rd degree in Iaido (The art of drawing a sword).

45 Years

Master Ivan Chuan Hoe Tnay
Australian Tang Soo Do Academy - Melbourne, Australia

Master Tnay, 7th Dan (#17072) began Tang Soo Do training in Kuching, Malaysia in 1969 at the Kuching Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan school. His first teacher was Master Soon Ho Chang, then Master Wha Yong Chung and finally Grandmaster Kang Uk Lee. He founded the first Tang Soo Do MDK school in Watford, England and was a founding member of the UK Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation. Past UK members recognize him as the "UK Tang Soo Do pioneer" for first introducing Tang Soo Do to England and is one of the few senior instructors from Malaysia still actively teaching today.

Master Christopher T. H. Teo

Canadian Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation, Couitlam, British Columbia

Master Teo, (Dan # 16959), joined the Kuching Tang Soo Do Association in 1969 and the Miri Tang Soo Do Association in 1972. He was trained by Grandmaster Chang Soo Ho, Master Wha Yong Chung, Grandmaster Kang Uk Lee, Grandmaster Shin Kyu Sik and Grandmaster Myung Seok Seo. In 1998, he started Tang Soo Do Canada and founded the Canadian Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation in 2005.

Grandmaster Greg Boliard
Mu Sa Kwan Tang Soo Do Federation - Canton, Michigan

Grandmaster Boliard, founder of the Mu Sa Kwan Tang Soo Do Federation began training in Tang Soo Do in 1969 and has been teaching the art since 1974. He received his 8th Dan in 2001 from his instructor, the late Grandmaster Jae Joon Kim. In 2010 he was awarded his 9th Dan by peers in the League of Grandmasters.

Master Mike Bogdanski
Quest Martial Arts - Putnam, Connecticut

Master Bogdanski, 8th Dan (# 20232) is a Senior Master Instructor under Grandmaster Song Ki Kim of the World Dang Soo Do Union. A nationally ranked competitor in the 1980s (ranked top five in weapons and forms) Master Bogdanski has devoted his life to the martial arts. With a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Masters Degree in School Counseling he has become a child development/safety expert and conducts anti-bullying programs nationwide.

Master Wesley Jenkins
Tiger Do Jang - Waldorf, Maryland

A veteran of numerous martial arts championships, Master Jenkins, began training in traditional Tang Soo Do in 1969 at age 13 and earned his black belt in 1975. While in the Army from 1976-1979, he taught Tang Soo Do while stationed in West Germany. In 1994, he moved to Waldorf, Maryland and began studying Tang Soo Do under Grandmaster Myung Seok Seo. In June of 2013, Master Jenkins was awarded his 8th Dan by Grandmaster Mariano Estioko.

40 Years

Master Steve Semancik
DragonFire Martial Arts - Boise, Idaho

Master Semancik, 6th Dan, began his formal martial arts training in Tae Kwon Do in 1974, while stationed in Korea as a light infantryman in the U.S. Army, and achieved his 2nd Degree Black Belt in 1985. In 1984 he began cross-training in Tang Soo Do under Grandmaster D. W. Low, who was a student of Master Jeong Sook Lee. Master Semancik
is also the current president of the Northwest Tang Soo Do Association and continues to train under Grandmaster Low.

Master John Correlje
Tang Soo Do Chon Kyong - Schoonhoven, Holland

Master Correlje began training in 1974 at age 16 under Kyo Sa Bram Matahelamual. He is head instructor at Tang Soo Do Chon Kyong in Schoonhoven and co-founder of the All Tangsoodo Organization. Other arts studied include Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Gun Bong Do and boxing. He received his 1st Dan from Grandmaster Kang Uk Lee, and is currently a 5th Dan.

Joe Goss Karate
Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Opened in 1974 by Master Joe Goss Sr., 9th Dan, Joe Goss Karate has two locations in the Johnstown, Pennsylvania area. Master Goss continues to teach at the main school in Johnstown, while his son, Master Joe Goss Jr. operates the second location. Both are members of the International Tang Soo Do Federation in which Master Goss Sr. also serves as Vice- President.

U.K. Tang Soo (Soo Bahk) Do Federation
Watford, Hertfordshire, England

The organization was founded in 1974 by Grandmaster Kang Uk Lee, following two years of groundwork by Master Ivan Tnay, who traveled from Malaysia to establish Tang Soo Do classes in the U.K.

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Yi's Martial Arts
Woodbury and Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Established in 1974 by Grandmaster Ki Yun Ki, the Woodbury and Cherry Hill locations are two of the oldest Tang Soo Do schools in the Northeast. They are members of the International Martial Arts Association also founded by Grandmaster Yi which this year also celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Tang Soo Do Karate
Blackwood, New Jersey

Tang Soo Karate Academy was opened in 1974 by Grandmaster Domenic Giacobbe, a direct student of the late Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin. The school is a member of the Intercontinental Tang Soo Do Organization also founded by Grandmaster Giacobbe.

35 Years

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Yi's Boum Dee Dojangs
Egg Harbor Township and Hamilton Township, New Jersey 

Yi's Boum Dee Dojang was started in 1979 in Egg Harbor Twp. under Master Martin Carson, 7th Dan, Pin #19484. Both schools are affiliated with International Martial Arts Association headed by Grandmaster Ki Yun Ki.  Master Carson's instructors were Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin at Shin Karate Burlington, Grandmaster Chung Sik Kim, and since 1974 with
Grandmaster Ki Yun Yi in Woodbury, NJ

Master Jan Correlje
Schoonhoven, Holland

In 1979, Kyo Sa Correlje began training under Master Peter Salm at the age of 43. In addition to Tang Soo Do, he has studied Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Gun Bong Do and Tai Chi Chuan in addition to boxing for 15 years. Today, at 78 years old and a 4th Dan, he still enjoys teaching and practicing at Tang Soo Do Chon Kyong in Schoonhoven and is a member of All Tangsoodo Organization.

Sr. Master Glenn R. Miller
Miller's Tang Soo Do Institute - Loveville, Maryland

Sr. Master Miller, 7th Dan, began his Tang Soo Do training in 1979 under Grand Master Myung Seok Seo and received his 1st Dan in 1985. He also assisted Grandmaster Seo in authoring his book "Traditional Tang Soo Do - Volume 1". Since Grandmaster Seo's retirement, Sr. Master Miller has been training under Grandmaster Sy Cheatham, another early student of Grandmaster Seo.

Nam's Korean Karate School
Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania

The first Nam's Korean Karate School was founded in 1979 by Grandmaster Taek Ho Nam, co-founder and current Chairman of the Pan-Am Tang Soo Do Federation. Two other locations were later added in Robinson and Cecil, PA.

30 Years

International Martial Arts Association
Woodbury, New Jersey

In 1984, Grandmaster Ki Yun Ki, 9th Dan, founded the organization to further the art of Tang Soo Do while preserving the unique heritage and traditions of this time honored art.

Global Tang Soo Do Association
Snellville, Georgia

The association was founded in 1984 by Grandmaster Tong Mun Kim, 9th Dan and is dedicated to fostering the high standards of authentic Tang Soo Do.

International Tang Soo Do Federation
Monroeville, Pennsylvania

Founded in 1984 by Grandmaster C. S. Kim, 9th Dan, the federation was formed to maintain the art of Tang Soo Do in its original form and has members in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Panama.

Kyo Sa Maarthen Lopulalan
Schoonhoven, Holland

Kyo Sa Lopulalan is a former Dutch champion whose 30 years in Tang Soo Do have all been at Tang Soo Do Chon Kyong in Schoonhoven under Master John Correljé. His specialty is traditional as well as weapons Hyung, with emphasis on the long stick. He is a skilled technician who is a good motivator and excellent in teaching children.

25 Years

Master Gregory Hart
Alchemy Dojang - Johannesburg, South Africa

Master Hart, 5th Dan, began his Tang Soo Do training in 1989 at age 18. He is a national team member of the Combat Tang Soo Do Federation and a four time South African champion. Master Hart has been teaching at his Alchemy dojang since 1993 and currently trains under Grandmaster Edward Jacobsen.


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