Master Joe Goss Sr.
Master Goss, 9th Degree,
began his martial arts training in 1962 in both Judo and Isshinryu karate.
His first instructor was Master Mike Dignan. Master Dignan trained
directly under Tatsuo Shimabuku, the founder of Isshinryu karate.
enlisting in the Air Force, he trained in Los Angeles, California
under the world famous Shotokan Karate Master Hidetaka Nishiyama. He then
went to Germany where he was the chief instructor of both the Judo
and Karate clubs at Bitburg Air Base.
Master Goss returned to Johnstown in
1969 and taught the martial arts classes at the Johnstown YMCA until
1974, when he opened his own school. That same year, he met
Grandmaster C. S. Kim and has been training in Tang Soo Do and Hapkido with him
Master Goss is also the Vice President of
the International Tang Soo Do Federation and has served as a member
of the Board of Directors, Secretary and Vice-Chairman of the U.S.
Tang Soo Do Federation. His duties as Vice President take him to
various member schools in the U.S., Europe, and Central America to
conduct testing and clinics.
On May 20, 1995 Master Goss was awarded "Martial Artist of the Year"
by the election committee of Korean Grandmasters. He is the first
non-oriental to receive this award.
In 1998 the Martial Arts book
"Authentic Tang Soo Do" by Chun Sik Kim and Joe Goss was published.
It is a comprehensive study of Traditional Tang Soo Do technique and
Master Goss is certified by the state of Pennsylvania to teach police officers
defensive tactics, the use of chemical devices, baton and firearms,
he serves as a Somerset County, PA Deputy Sheriff and also is a
member of the Logan Twp./Blair County S.W.A.T. team as a
On May 14, 2011, at
the 37th ITF Championships, Grandmaster C. S. Kim presented Master
Goss his 9th Dan in Tang Soo Do.
Master Goss continues to teach Tang
Soo Do at the
Karate headquarter school in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.