2018 Anniversaries

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70 Years

Grandmaster Kang Uk Lee
Hertfordshire, England

Grandmaster Lee, 10th Dan, Pin # 70, was born in Seoul, Korea in 1936 and began his Tang Soo Do studies in 1948 at age 12 under the late Great Grandmaster Hwang Kee. In 1956 Grandmaster Lee began what was to become his lifetime vocation as a full time civilian instructor in Tang Soo Do. In 1974 he founded the U.K. Tang Soo Do (Soo Bahk Do) Federation - Moo Duk Kwan, and continues to serve as its President.
60 Years
55 Years
50 Years

Grandmaster Dominick Giacobbe
Clementon, New Jersey

A direct student of the late Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin, Grandmaster Giacobbe, 9th Dan, began his training in Tang Soo Do in 1968. A top tournament competitor on the East Coast in the late 60's and early 70's Grandmaster Giacobbe has appeared on the cover of six martial arts magazines over the years. He is the founder of the Intercontinental Tang Soo Do Organization and Black Belt magazine's Hall of Fame recipient in the year 2000.

45 Years

Master Richard Kopf

North Haven, Connecticut

Master Kopf, 8th Dan is the highest ranking student of Grandmaster Charles Ferraro,
and a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan Association. He also holds a 4th Dan ranking in Shiho Karano Ju Jitsu and has a long competitive history and was a team captain in both forms and sparring. He established
the North Haven branch of the West Haven Academy of Karate in 1978 and so also celebrates 40 years as a school owner.

Master Mario Bellerino
Naples, Italy

Master Bellerino, 8th Dan, a practitioner of both Tang Soo Do and Tae Kwon Do, celebrates his 45th anniversary in the Martial Arts. He is the President of the Associazione Italiana Tang Soo Do and the European Chairman of the Intercontinental Tang Soo Do Organization (I.T.O) under Grandmaster Dominick Giacobbe and is respected as one of the most dedicated Masters of Tang Soo Do in Europe.
40 Years

Academia Italiana Tang Su Do
Rome, Italy

Founded by
Grandmaster Roberto Villalba, 8th Dan in 1978, Academia Italiana Tang Su Do serves as the organizing body of traditional Tang Su (Soo) Do member schools in Italy.

35 Years

30 Years

Quest Martial Arts
Putnam, Connecticut

Quest Martial Arts was opened in January of 1988 by Master Mike Bogdanski, 8th Dan.
The school is a member of the World Dang Soo Do Union and the U.S. Goodwill Tang Soo Do Association. Co-owner and head instructor at the school is Master Kristin Duethorn, 5th Dan.

Master Simon Preston
West Midlands, England

Master Preston began his Tang Soo Do training in 1988 at the age of eight in Bolton, Lancashire under Mr. Steve Egan. He is owner and chief instructor of the Community Tang Soo Do Association, a local organization created in 2013 to provide training opportunities for people in deprived areas. He is a member of the Tang Soo Do Martial Way Association and a direct student of Grandmaster Andy Ah Po, the organization's founder.

25 Years



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