Master Ed Ormanian
Pin # 10679
1927 - 1994
Master Ormanian, 7th
Dan, originally began his martial arts training in Judo at the
Downriver YMCA in Wyandotte, Michigan. The year was 1962. By chance,
he met a student of Tang Soo who also trained at the YMCA on
alternate evenings. The next night, he went to watch a class. Master
Drouillard, (#757) the first American to receive a Black Belt in
Tang Soo Do and the first to open a karate club in Michigan was
instructing the class at the time.
Master Ormanian joined the club, but after a
few months, Master Drouillard became ill and Master Russ Hanke, who was
a 1st Dan, took over and became instructor.
In October of 1966, Master Ormanian was
awarded his Black Belt. His son Aaron, who was also studying the art,
became a Cho Dan in 1967 at age 15 - a first in the Detroit area. In
April of the following year they both left Master Hanke to start their
own school, the Korean Karate Academy in Allen Park, Michigan.
In the summer of 1977 Master Ormanian began
training again with his first instructor, Master Drouillard. The two
then joined with Master Gary Hasson to form the American Korean Karate
Association. He later moved on in March of 1983 to form his own
association, retaining the name of the "Korean Karate Academy".