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Tang Soo Do History


Tang Soo Do is a Korean martial art incorporating fighting principles from subak, as well as northern Chinese kung fu. The techniques of what is commonly known as Tang Soo Do combine elements of shotokan karate, subak, taekkyon, and kung fu.

Kwang Jang Nim Hwang Kee studied Korean Subak and Taekyon for several years starting at the age of 7. He also read many books based on the fighting arts.

KJN also traveled to northern China where he studied with a chinese master named Yang. KJN returned to Korea and in 1945 founded the first Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan school.

Grandmaster (Kwang Jang Nim)

Hwang Kee
Founder of
Tang Soo Do

November 9, 1914 - July 14, 2002

The Instructor:

Master Peter J. Desorda (Sa Bom Nim) is a 4th degree black belt and has been involved in the martial arts for over 36 years.

Master Desorda comes from Central Vermont, where he owned and operated a full-time Tang Soo Do school for 10 years.

Please feel free to call or stop by anytime. Master Desorda is here for his students and would love the oppprtunity to share his art with you.








Desorda'sMartial Arts Academy is a proud member of the The Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation (APTSDF). The Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation (APTSDF) is a worldwide organization whose purpose is to sanction and certify quality martial arts through developing professional instructors and studio owners. Our mission is to promote traditional martial arts for the 21st century and raise the standard of professionalism to a level that has here to for not been available. Our approach is based on the knowledge that attitude is more important than aptitude and action is more important than education alone. That is, great school owners are developed through professional training (education) and yet proven over time through their action. For more information about the APTSDF click 

Grandmaster J. John St. James has been training for over 38 years. He is a 8th degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do and serves as the President and Founding Master of the Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation headquartered just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Grandmaster St. James also serves as Co-Chair of the Asia Atlantic Alliance, an organization of like-minded traditional Tang Soo Do Federations and Associations across the globe.

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