US Goodwill Tang Soo Do Founders
Founded in 2000, the US Goodwill Tang Soo Do Assocation was the vision of David L. Sgro and Steven J. Voelker. Each had already started their own Tang Soo Do organizations and recognized the need for brotherhood and fellowship between not only their schools but other Tang Soo Do schools who were no longer connected to larger organizations. Their vision was to create an association of schools that could meet for regional, national and international events to share technique through the spirit of competition, clinics and seminars.
Steven Voelker, Kwan Jang, Pyong Hwa Kunin Tang Soo Do
With 40 years in the Martial Arts and a full time Instructor and Studio owner since 1985, Kwan Jang Nim Voelker is a wealth of knowledge. He Founded Pyong Hwa Kunin Tang Soo Do in 1998 and Co-Founded the International Goodwill Tang Soo Do Association (IGTSDA) in 2000. He is on the USA Executive Committee of the IGTSDA and Vice President of the World Dang Soo Do Union in the USA.
Kwan Jang Nim Voelker has trained under many of greats of Tang Soo Do, including KJN Charles Ferraro, KJN Hwang Hyun Chul, KJN Andy Ah Po, KJN Robert Beaudoin and KJN Shin Jae Chul. His Instructor is Song Ki Kim. He has a 7th Dan in Tang Soo Do, a 5th Dan in Shio Karano JuJitsu and a 1st Dan in Judo.
In addition to teaching full time at Middlesex Tang Soo Do Academy, Kwan Jang Nim Voelker teaches Tang Soo Do and Combatives to the Cadets at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Ct. Kwan Jang Nim Voelker has coached TEAM USA in 1999 England, 2001 Greece, 2002 Holland, 2003 England, 2005 South Africa, 2006 Greece, 2007 USA
and Korea in 2010.
Kwan Jang Nim Voelker has often noted “we don’t just teach kick and punch, we develop champions for life”.
Middlesex Tang Soo Do Academy
1363 Boston Post Rd
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
David Sgro, Kwan Jang, San Kil Tang Soo Do
In 1974 David L. Sgro began his martial arts training in GoJu Ryu with the late Hanshi Ralph Vergalitto. In College he studied Tae Kwon Do Moo Duk Kwan with Mr. Michael Enright and Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan with Kwan Jang Nim Charles Ferraro and Mr. Roger PetroRoy. He has studied Japanese Ju-Jitsu with Soke Reidner, Soke Larlee and O'Sensei Porter. He studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Royce Gracie. He trained in Arnis (Stick/Knife Fighting) with Greg Alland. In addition Kwan Jang Nim HC Hwang was also a strong influence on his Tang Soo Do. He is a 7th Dan in Tang Soo Do and a student of Kwan Jang Nim Song Ki Kim (Song Tan, Korea), who is the President of the World Dang Soo Do Union. He was on TEAM USA in England in Aug 1986, Seoul, Korea in 1989 and Argentina, 1991.
On May 30 1996 he founded San Kil Tang Soo Do (Mountain Path Way of the China Hand). He Co-Coached TEAM USA in London 1999, Athens 2001, London July 2001, Holland 2002, Athens 2006, USA 2007, and South Korea 2010. In Oct 2000 he and Kwan Jang Nim Steve Voelker Co-Founded the International Goodwill Tang Soo Do Association (IGTSDA) and the United States Goodwill Tang Soo Do Association (USGTSDA). He has served as a Combatives Instructor for the US Special Forces, 82nd Airborne, and 18th Airborne Corp. He is an 8th Dan in San Kei Ryu Bu Jitsu, a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a Certified Stick/Knife Fighting Instructor, and the founder of FIGHT CUT COMBATIVES.
For 3 years (2010 - 2013) Kwan Jang Nim Sgro lived as a Christian Missionary amongst the Maya people in the mountains of Central America. (Santo Domingo Xenacoj, Sac. Guatemala). He currently resides between Fayetteville, NC and with Melanie, his wife, who lives in Bacolod City, Philippines. As well as traveling extensively in the US to teach Tang Soo Do, Bunkai (From Application), Kali (Filipino Martial Arts and Bujitsu. His mission work continues in the Philippines and Guatemala where he lead short term mission trips to work amongst the extreme poor, and evangelize.
Fayetteville, NC 28301