Grandmaster and Founder of World Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do Federation Jae Joon Kim (Grandmaster) was born August 15th, 1929 in Seoul, Korea, the son of a would champion sumo wrestler. From China, the Martial Arts spread by various means to the rest of the world. Grandmaster Driggers has a Master Degree in Business Administration, Bachelor Degree in Sociology and an Associate Degree in Instructional Methodology. Studied Aikido, no rank achieved. Grandmaster Carl Tate. He bgean training directly with Grandmaster Hwang Kee in 1945 and in 1947, earned his 1st Degree Black Belt. Kim, Master H. Murphy and Grandmaster Hwang Kee. Grandmaster Chun Sik Kim. Grandmaster Charles Ferraro. This web site is dedicated to those true Tang Soo Do Masters & Grandmasters who have stayed the course; warriors who have fought the good fight and never wavered from the Tang Soo path. He died January 9, 2007 at the age of 77. Tang Soo Do and later Tae Kwan Do were the two primary styles studied by our soldiers. He continued to practice and study the arts until his passing in 2003.

Although Grandmaster Driggers trained with many different styles, Tang Soo Do, in his opinion, is the most effective and well-rounded Martial Arts. He was able to teach classes in places such as: Paris, Greece, Egypt, Philippines, etc. As a testament to the Grandmaster’s perseverance in the face of great adversity, Tang Soo Do (Soo Bahk Do) is today practiced in 45 countries around the world. Grandmaster Driggers has over 40 years in the martial arts. Grandmaster Dominick Giacobbe. He trained daily either at the Osan Air Force Base facilities or in the Do Jangs in Chico Village, Kunsan and/or Soul Korea. Grandmaster M. Driggers (8th Dan) Board Member, All American Tang Soo Do Assoc.

Grandmaster David J. Praim. Tang Soo Do teaches the overall capabilities of a person’s body including the mental aspects. 1965 through present: Studied Tang Soo Do with a number of instructors including Master Sang K. Shim, Master J. Klinfeld, Master C.I. Grandmaster M. Romines, 9th Dan (President of All American Tang Soo Do Association). Many servicemen studied Tang Soo Do, including Chuck Norris, star of many martial arts movies and the television series, “Walker, Texas Ranger.”. Grandmaster Driggers remembers trying to conduct his first Tang Soo Do class in the US, out of 20 students that joined, in less than two weeks the class was down to “0” zero due to the class being too demanding and hard. From the time both of these masters met in Korea until present, they have continually learned and trained together. In Grandmaster Driggers profession outside of Tang Soo Do, he has over 40 years in instructional design, developing, managing and delivering training programs. While stationed with the 8th Army in Korea, GM Cummings studied Tang Soo Do under the direction of Master Chun Cha Kyu. Hwang Kee (Grandmaster) November 9, 1914 - July 14, 2002: began his martial arts studies in Manchuria, China in 1936 and founded the Moo Duk Kwan Style in Seoul, Korea on November 3, 1945. American Kwan Tang Soo Do traces its history back through the ages. Received 2nd Degree Black Belt, World Tang Soo Do Association.

He bgean training directly with Grandmaster Hwang Kee in 1945 and in 1947, earned his 1st Degree Black Belt. Grandmaster Romines has been inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame and Who's Who in the Martial Arts. Grandmaster Romines has been featured in several local and national newspapers and has showcased his skills on television, including "That's Incredible". Received 1st Degree Black Belt in 1986 (Dan #21405), World Tang Soo Do Association. Grandmasters. Sun Hwan Chung (born May 6, 1940), also known as James Sun Hwan Chung, is one of the highest-ranking Tang Soo Do, Hapkido, and taekwondo grandmasters in the world. After retiring from the US Air Force, he and his wife selected Northern California as their home. 1970 – the Grandmaster published his “Soo Bahk Do Dae Kahm” (Korean language) 1978 – “Tang Soo Do (Soo Bahk Do)” (English version) was published. After the Korean War, a program to improve the relationship between U.S. servicemen and the South Korean people was founded. Tang Soo Do Leaders and Grandmasters. He also serves as an ambassador to the Korean Martial Arts Hall of Fame, and is listed in Sa Ja Nim Timmerman's book "Who is Who in Korean Martial Arts". 1979: Studied Arnis under Grandmaster Remy Presas (founder modern Arnis), no rank achieved Grandmaster Chong Su Kim. In 1952, he assisted in the formation of the Korean Tang Soo Do (Soo Bahk Do) Association. Grand Masters Balmos, Thompson, and Smith were inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame and promoted to 8th Dan by the International Martial Arts Council of America in August 2007. Kwan Jang Nim Hwang Kee is the founder of the Moo Duk Kwan, Tang Soo Do, style of martial arts. After the Korean War, a program to improve the relationship between U.S. servicemen and the South Korean people was founded. Grand Master Danny Valdez was inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame and promoted to 8th Dan by the International Martial Arts Council of America on July 23, 2011. Currently President of the All American Tang Soo Do Association.

Received 3rd Degree Black Belt, All American Tang Soo Do Association, Received 4th Degree Black Belt, All American Tang Soo Do Association, Received 5th Degree Black Belt, All American Tang Soo Do Association, Received 6th Degree Black Belt, All American Tang Soo Do Association, Received 7th Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do, UMAB, Began study of Tang Soo Do in 1982 (to current date) with now Grand Master M. Romines 9th dan, Received 7th Degree Black Belt, in Tae Kwon Do, Dr. E. Humesky, Sr. Grandmaster,/Founder UTB/UMAB. Grandmaster Romines also currently serves as Regional Director, Northern Region, of the World Dang Soo Do Union-U.S.A. The Martial Arts have been with us in one form or another starting with the caveman. The first Grand Master of the Tang Soo Do Karate Association was James Cummings, Jr. Grandmaster Eung … For the first time in history, Americans, U.S. servicemen were allowed to study Korean martial arts.
He is retired from Bank of America where he held a Vice President position. Grandmaster Dennis Ichikawa. Received 8th Degree Black Belt / Grand Master Cert. He received his first Dan, (midnight blue/black belt – Dan Bo 4493), October 1961. Classes in Korea were extremely intense both mentally and physically. 1963 through 1967: Studied Martial arts in the Michigan area in Judo and Shotokan. Grandmaster M. Driggers (8th Dan) Board Member, All American Tang Soo Do Assoc. Grandmaster Romines has over 50 yrs of experience in the martial arts.

in TSD, NKMAA and All American TSD Assoc. Grandmaster Romines also currently serves as Regional Director, Northern Region, of the World Dang Soo Do Union-U.S.A. 2015, GM Romines inducted into the Korean Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame. However, there are no written records dating back far enough to confirm this history. Studied under Sensi Bill Armstrong, Master Ushida and 2 time world champion Professor John McCray, eventually receiving Black Belt ranks in both arts. Training during this time was very different than the way Tang Soo Do training is conducted today in the United States. Despite enduring many hardships over the next 30 years, Hwang Kee struggled through wars and governmental/political issues to keep the Art of Soo Bahk Do (Tang Soo Do) - Moo Duk Kwan alive.

China is generally acknowledged as the birthplace of the formal Martial Arts.

He died January 9, 2007 at the age of 77. Grandmaster Driggers considers himself very lucky, not only was he able to train with the Masters in Korea, but he was able to continue his training with Great Grand Master Clingan. At Grandmaster Hwang Kee's Request, he brought Moo Duk Kwan to the United States and founded the Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do Association in Detroit, Michigan. Grandmaster Romines has a Bachelor's of Science in Accounting, and works as a Controller in Construction Industry and is chief instructor at First Nation Tang Soo Do at the North American Indian Association in Detroit, MI, Grandmaster Romines can be contracted at mr8986@att.net. In every country or state that Grandmaster Driggers was assigned to, he always started a Tang Soo Do class and worked-out with other martial artists in the area. Throughout his lifetime GM Cumming received Dan level rankings in several other martial arts. Grandmaster Driggers owns and operates “Driggers and Associates” a consulting firm. Grandmaster Dale Drouillard. Current instructor, Grandmaster W. Clingan, 9th Dan ( Pin #5845 ) since 1985. For those who everyday promote Tang Soo Do and not themselves. He served as a top master instructor from 1955 to 1959, and in 1961 was appointed Vice-President of the Association. "Tang Soo Do" (당수도) is the Korean pronunciation of the Hanja 唐手道 (pronounced Táng shǒu dào in Chinese), and translates literally to "The Way of the Tang Hand." His martial arts training  began in the late 60’s while stationed in Korea with the United States Air Force. Grandmaster Driggers is originally from East Point, Georgia. 2015, GM Romines inducted into the Korean Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame. For the first time in history, Americans, U.S. servicemen were allowed to study Korean martial arts. Kwan Jang Nim Hwang Kee is the founder of the Moo Duk Kwan, Tang Soo Do, style of martial arts. By participating with other styles, Grandmaster Driggers was to able to enhance his knowledge of different martial art’s philosophies and techniques. 2015 – Golden Dragon Tournament of Champions, International Martial Arts Council of America. TKA’s current Grand Masters are Johnny “Lightfoot” Thompson, Clarence “Daddy-O” Smith, Tom Balmos, Larry Kaminski, Donny Meadows, and Danny Valdez. Received 8th Dan and Grandmaster Certification in 2006; 9th dan in 2013. All trained and received their ranking from Grand Master Cummings.

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