2017 Anniversaries



70 Years

Grandmaster Andy Ah Po
Carmichael, California

Grandmaster Andy Ah Po, 9th Dan and founder of the Tang Soo Do Martial Way Association, began his martial arts training in 1947 in Hawaii at age 6, studying Si Lum Gung Fu. He later achieved Black Belts in Jiu Jitsu, Aikido, and Japanese Karate before leaving the islands in 1959 to join the Air Force, and in that same year began his lifelong training in Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan.

65 Years

Grandmaster Dale Drouillard
Dearborn, Michigan

While stationed in South Korea with the Army, Grandmaster Drouillard, 9th Dan, was the first American to train in and be awarded a Cho Dan, Pin # 757, by the late Grandmaster Hwang Kee. In 1960, he opened his club at the local YMCA in the city of Wyandotte, Michigan, earning it the distinction of being the first Moo Duk Kwan school established in the United States.

60 Years

55 Years

Grandmaster Robert Beaudoin

Waterbury, Connecticut

Grandmaster Robert Beaudoin, 8th Dan, began his Tang Soo Do training while stationed at Osan Air Base in Korea. The year was 1962 and his instructor was Grandmaster Jae C. Shin. This date marked the beginning of a student/teacher/friend relationship the two would share for more than 50 years until his instructor's passing in 2012. Grandmaster Beaudoin was a charter member of the World Tang Soo Do Association and currently serves as its President.

50 Years

Master Floyd Soo

Orion, Michigan

Master Soo, 6th Dan, began his Korean Karate career in 1967, when he joined Master Sang Kyu Shim's Detroit Tang Soo Do Association. His first instructor there was Grandmaster Dale Drouillard who was a 3rd Dan at the time. Following a move in 1973, Master Soo began training with Master Mike March with whom he continues his study of Tang Soo Do to this day.

Master Annie Soo-Mott
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Master Annie Soo-Mott, 5th Dan, took up the study of Tang Soo Do in 1967, along with her brother, Master Floyd Soo, at Master Sang Kyu Shim's Detroit Tang Soo Do Association. She was 12 at the time. During her Cho Dan test in 1969 she had to break four un-spaced boards with a jump spinning back kick. Master Soo-Mott also continues her training with Master Mike March in the Michigan area.

45 Years

Master Brian Edmondson

Monestier, France

Master Brian Edmondso, 7th Dan, is Chief Instructor of Tiger Gym International (TGI) Europe and a founder member of the UK Tang Soo Do Union. He began his martial arts training in 1972, and also holds a 1st Dan in WTF Tae Kwon Do. Since 1974 he has been a student of Grandmaster Eung Kyo Han. He has written a number of articles for the "Tae Kwon Do and Korean Combat Arts" magazines and also holds signed commendations from Grandmaster Hwang Kee and Grandmaster Eung Kyo Han.

40 Years

Master Kevin Watson
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Master Watson began his training in Tang Soo Do / Soo Bahk Do under Dennis Miller in 1977. Over the years, he has been able to meet and train with many teachers in a variety of martial arts. He currently trains under Grandmaster Andy Ah Po under whom he was awarded his 6th Dan. The consummate Traditional Martial Artist, he has also been training in Kuniba-Ha Shito-Ryu under William H. Price, Soke since 1992 and is a 6th Dan Shihan in that system.

AmKor Karate Institutes
Aston, Pennsylvania

The first AmKor school was established in 1977 by Master Frederick Scott, founder of Traditional Tang Soo Do International. Since then, additional AmKor Karate schools have been established throughout Pennsylvania and have earned an outstanding reputation for high quality instruction and competitive excellence.

Master Samuel Wallace
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

Born in Seoul, Korea Master Wallace, 6th Dan, began training under Master Frederick Scott in 1977 at Amkor Karate Institutes in Aston because he wanted to experience something associated with his Korean heritage. He was the first student of Master Scott's to reach Master level, and tested before Grandmaster Hwang, Kee in 1991. That same year, he was rated by Karate Illustrated in the Top 10 in Forms in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

35 Years

World Tang Soo Do Association
Burlington, North Carolina

Founded by Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin in 1982, the World Tang Soo Do Association is one of the largest Tang Soo Do organizations in the world, represented by over 100,000 members in 36 countries and with over 500 member studios.

Master William Ott

Abington, Pennsylvania

Master William Ott began training in January of 1982 under Mr. Robert McGovern and Master Chang, Tong In. He has trained with some of the most knowledgeable Tang Soo Do practitioners in the world and is currently a student of Master Frederick Scott of Aston, PA. He also celebrates 22 years of operating his school, American Tang Soo Do Karate in Lansdale, PA.
30 Years

Asia Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation
Noarlunga, South Australia

Since its founding in 1987 by Kwan Jang Nim Stephen Washington, 9th Dan, the organization has promoted and maintained the original traditional values, principles and philosophies of Tang Soo Do through its membership and activities in Australia, Africa, U.S., Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, and the South Pacific. 

25 Years




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