Grandmaster Ferraro has trained in a variety
of martial arts since beginning his Tang Soo Do studies in 1967 with
Master Robert Cheezic. They include Shotokan, Goju Ryu, Jiujitsu, Aikido
and Kenjitsu. He has also trained in Filipino martial arts (Kali,
Escrima, Arnis), Okinawa weapons, Tai Chi Chuan, as well as natural
In 1976 he became a student
of Hyun Chul (H.C.) Hwang,
son of the late Grandmaster Hwang Kee, founder of Tang Soo Do Moo Duk
same year, he opened his first dojang in New Haven, CT.
He has trained and promoted over 800
individuals to the Dan (black belt) level and over 50 individuals to the
Master level. His competitive history stretches from 1971 to 1986
throughout the Eastern U.S., and in 1986, he was International Sparring
Champion in Waterford, England.
students have also excelled competitively, garnishing over 450
individual first place championships, 35 individual National Grand
Championships and 4 individual first place international championships.
December 9, 1995, fifty-nine of Grandmaster Ferraro's senior
students met and decided unanimously to form a new martial arts
Tang Soo Do
Mi Guk Kwan Association with Grandmaster Ferraro as its
In January 2014, at his
annual Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa, he was awarded his 9th Dan by his current Instructor,
Grandmaster Andy Ah Po in the Tang Soo Do Martial Way Association.
Additional information about
Grandmaster Ferraro can also be found on his
West Haven Academy
of Karate Inc.