TANG SOO DO CELEBRITIES
Chuck Norris - 9th Dan Tang Soo Do Master Black Belt - 82 yrs old - World Champion in the 60s and 70s in full contact Martial Arts. The most popular star representing the Tang Soo Do background. His biography speaks for itself, he is notably the highest of the superstars to bring Martial Arts both to the Big Screen and to television. He is known all over the world for his Martial Arts skills both in competition and in Hollywood Media. He starred in too many famous movies to list, including the long running TV series “Walker Texas Ranger” and “Total Gym” infomercials.
Cynthia Rothrock - 8th Dan Tang Soo Do Master Black Belt - 64 yrs old - World Champion in martial art weapons. She was a star in countless movies both in Hong Kong and the United States. She has been regarded as the Queen of Martial Arts in the 80s and 90s and she continues to star in movies today. Her martial art skills are unsurpassable as she is regarded as a female version of Bruce Lee. Both Cynthia and her daughter enjoy instructing children the martial art of Tang Soo Do today. The video below tells everything about Cynthia’s Success:
Pat Johnson - 9th Dan Tang Soo Do Master Black Belt - 83 yrs old - Master Johnson's Tang Soo Do training began when he was serving in the military overseas, as it did for many other Tang Soo Do pioneers. That was 1963 for Master Johnson. He became the captain of Chuck Norris' highly successful competition team after returning to the United States. His personal record is unblemished, with only one loss in approximately 200 competitions. Chuck Norris founded the National Tang Soo Do Congress in 1973, and Pat Johnson is the current president. Johnson is best known for his martial arts choreography in the Karate Kid series, in which he also starred as the All Valley Karate Tournament head Referee. He has also choreographed numerous films, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mortal Kombat, Green Street Hooligans, and most recently, Punisher: War Zone. He was named Instructor of the Year by Black Belt Magazine in 1995.
Ho Sik Pak - 9th Dan Tang Soo Do Master Black Belt - Age 64 - Ho Sik Pak is known for his perfection and accuracy in the execution of his technique skills. His skills with weapons are admired by many martial artists. He was a member of the 1982 Olympic Team for Korea and traveled to the International Championship held in Atlantic City, New Jersey where he contributed to the Korean Olympic Team’s victory. He decided to stay in the U. S. and became a citizen. His home and residence became Southern California, where his popularity exploded as he became a celebrity starring in movies. He starred in the 1989 movie “Best of the Best”, which became a popular martial arts movie of it’s time. He has starred in other movies as well. He has also written Tang Soo Do Student Manuals that are popular among Tang Soo Do enthusiasts today.
William Zabka - 2nd Dan Tang Soo Do Black Belt - 56 yrs old - William Zabka was inexperienced in Martial Arts in the movie “The Karate Kid”. His training in the movie came from Tang Soo Do Master Pat Johnson who choreographed most of the martial arts scenes and techniques William Zabka used in the movie “The Karate Kid”. After the Karate Kid movie was such a success, Zabka decided he wanted to learn more about the martial arts. He got together with Pat Johnson and he received training in Tang Soo Do. Zabka trained in Tang Soo Do with Pat Johnson on and off for years as he moved forward with his Movie Star career and also directed some movies. Today, he is famous for starring in the successful Netflix series “COBRA KAI”. This Netflix series will soon be running into Season #5 in late 2022 to 2023. Both William Zabka and Ralph Macchio are the best of friends in helping direct “Cobra Kai”. “Cobra Kai” has brought back the meaning and spirit of the Dojo/Dojang Martial Arts to America once again. The success of “Cobra Kai” during the last four seasons, has helped add more students to many Martial Arts Studios across the United States.
Michael Jai White - Black Belt in seven different karate forms, Michael Jai White has won 26 martial arts championships, including the U.S. Open, the North American Open, and the New England Grand Championship. Michael Jai White holds a black belt in seven distinct martial arts, with a focus on Tang Soo Do, Kyokushin, including Shotokan, Taekwondo, Kobudo, Goju Ryu (under Master Eddie Morales), Wushu, and Kyokushin. His martial arts form borrows elements from numerous other styles. At the age of seven, Mr. White began martial arts training, before learning other martial arts later in his life. He is a very active actor in countless movies, too many to mention to this day!
The Bruce Sistaz:
Chloe Bruce - 4th Dan Tang Soo Do Master Black Belt - 38 yrs old
Grace Bruce - 2nd Dan Tang Soo Do Black Belt 30 yrs old
Simon Cowell said on Britain's Got Talent Show “You Both should be in a movie” when the Bruce Sistaz were discovered to the world in 2011. Well, it happened, these talented sisters have made it as stunt doubles in many of today’s movies. They have both been strong Martial Arts competitors in Europe winning many competitions since they were young. Both sisters have extreme leg flexability in kicking techniques and are well known around the world for it today. They are extremely well skilled with martial arts weapons as well. They have been the stunt Martial Artist for very recent movies such as Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Wonder Woman 84 (WW84), Blade Runner 2049 and Guardians of the Galaxy.