Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin
(December 20, 1936 - July 9, 2012)
Grandmaster Robert E. Beaudoin
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Studio of the Month
SUNCOAST TANG SOO DO
Victor Lampasona, Sam Dan #31693
Victor Lampasona (Sam Dan) &
Jerry Orlando, E Dan
8351 State Road 54, Suite #107,
Types of Classes:
Traditional World Tang Soo Do classes
Suncoast Tang Soo Do was started at its current location in 2007 by Mrs. Carole Yoder. In 2013, the studio changed ownership to Mr. Lampasona and Mr. Orlando. The focus of Suncoast Tang Soo Do (SCTSD) is to increase the exposure of our art through participation in community events in the New Port Richey and Trinity areas of West Central Florida. Over the last 2 years, the studio has participated in many local events such Taste of Trinity, Chasco Fiesta, Rockus Maximus and New Port Richey Spring Fling. This summer, SCTSD is providing introductory karate lessons at the Word of Life Youth Bible Camp in Hudson, FL. We are commited to spreading our wonderful martial art, serving our West Central FL community and growing our school.
History of the Chief Instructor:
History of the Co-Owner:
Mr. Jerry Orlando, began his training in Tang Soo Do in 1981 while stationed at McGuire Airforce Base in New Jersey under the direction of Master Vance Britt. Mr. Orlando achieved the rank of 3rd Gup. His military commitments drew him away from Tang Soo Do until 2009 when Mr. Orlando began training again at Suncoast Tang Soo Do. He was awarded the rank of Cho Dan in 2011and became a certified instructor. Then he earned the rank of E Dan in 2013. He is also a certified C.O.B.R.A Self Defense Instructor.
What makes your studio stand out from the rest:
Our studio stands out amongst martial art studios in our area in a number of ways:
1. Our training atmosphere - Instructors create a positive, but accountable, environment for students to learn the technical aspects of traditional Tang Soo Do. We have a family-oriented atmosphere that is created by our instructors, and supported by our students and their parents. Our studio is blessed to have parents who are involved in all of the studio activities. Our positive family-oriented atmosphere is felt by all who visit our dojang.
2. Our mission - SCTSD focuses on teaching traditional Tang Soo Do, practical Self-Defense and Life Skills. In support of these goals, we celebrate student’s achievements both in and out of the dojang. Students receive academic achievement awards during the school year. We also offer C.O.B.R.A. self-defense training for non-martial arts individuals. Students receive a life lesson at every class and learn the true purpose of training is both physical and mental improvement.
3. The WTSDA – The camaraderie, fellowship and brotherhood shared by members of the WTSDA is very evident in our studio. Students develop friendships that transcend years by participating in Region and World events. Many students and parents speak fondly of the many friendships they have made through our Association.
"Before I started Tang Soo Do I was going the wrong way in my life with nothing to stop me. After an altercation I decided to take martial arts, and the only reason I took TSD was because it fit my schedule. Since I joined back in 2006 I have become a different person from the inside out by following the codes and tenets by using them in my everyday life, along with the training. I enjoy every class and have become an instructor in the process, it is an honor to give back to my fellow students that which was given to me. I hope that I can change their life in the way it changed mine."
~ Rusty Camacho – 45 y, E Dan #43775
"I have been training at Suncoast Tang Soo Do with my son, Allan, and daughter, Brooke, for 3 years. It has provided us with the opportunity to study Tang Soo Do in a supportive and encouraging environment, with instructors and fellow students that have come to feel like family. There are many aspects of Tang Soo Do that I feel have helped each of us to grow personally and, as a family. What I find most beneficial is that all the things we learn in the studio can be carried out into our everyday lives. It's not uncommon to find us bringing up a code or tenet at the dinner table when we're talking about things that may have happened at school or at work. It has been challenging, but well worth it. We are very glad that we found such a great school to become a part of. Tang Soo!"
~ Kenneth Thieme 3rd Gup
“Tang Soo Do has really helped me bloom as a person in more ways than I realized were possible. I used to be very shy and withdrawn with no confidence in myself; I struggled with anxiety disorder and heart disease for as long as I can remember. Tang Soo Do made me able to not be restricted by my physical and mental limitations, while becoming a much healthier and happier individual. This wonderful art really does become a lifestyle, I owe it a lot!”
~ Ashley Hutchinson, 22, 1st gup