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Style: Tang Soo Do

Founder of Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan Association

Grandmaster C. Ferraro began his training as a boy in 1967. He took part in the art not for fighting or self-defense (it certainly wasn't a popular activity back then), but because he was infatuated with watching local blackbelts working out with each other. The first time, he recalls, was "Like watching an eagle soaring high on the wind currents". The instructor's movements were graceful but all so powerful. The technique which was quite visibly effective seemed so effortless. All the eyes of the practitioners were steady, confident and peaceful.

Grandmaster (Kwan Jang Nim) Ferraro has studied many martial arts over the years:

Tang Soo Do, Shoto Kan, Kempo, Goju Ryu, Juijitsu, Aikido, Kenjitsu, Kobudo (Okinawa weapons), Kali - Escrima - Arnis, Tai Chi Chuan and Haedong Gumdo

Tang Soo Do has always been Kwan Jang Nim Ferraro's first love. Having been his first art to study, he continues training and teaching it to this day. Having had many excellent teachers in Tang Soo Do, He began studying with Kwan Jhang Nim H.C. Hwang (son of Grandmaster
Hwang Kee of the Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Fed.), in November 1976 and he continued studying under him until 1995. His current teacher is Kwan Jhang Nim Andy Ah Po. Kwan Jhang Nim Ferraro would like to acknowledge the
teachers and teachings that brought him to embrace the proper attitude and spirit in the martial arts.

Awards & Accomplishments

  • * Frequent form and sparring competitor throughout the Eastern United States having won 11 Grand Championships in 8 states from 1971- 1976.
  • Placed First, Second or Third in the blackbelt heavyweight sparring division each year in the U.S. Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation National Championships from 1981 - 1986.
  •  Placed first in forms (Masters Division) at the U.S. Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Fed. National Championships held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL - 1991
  • National Tang Soo Do Sparring Champion; U.S. Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Fed. National Championships - 1985, 1986
  • U.S. Tang Soo Do National Team Member - 1983, 1986 International Sparring Champion - Watford, England - 1986
  • Coached the New England Tang Soo Do Competition Team To:
  • 19 First place National Team Sparring Championships
  • 4 Second place National Team Sparring finishes
  • 6 Consecutive first place National Form Team Championships and a total of 9 first place National Form Team Championships
  • 5 Second place National Form Team finishes and 1 third place finish

His students have garnished over 1200 individual first place championships, 250 individual National Grand Championships and 35 individual first place international championships.

He founded the Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan style in 1995. Currently the organization has grown to over 100 dojangs in the USA, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Australia and Puerto Rico.

Some of his senior students include: Masters - Richard Kopf, Howard Dugan, Joseph DeVita, Anthony Price, James Davidson, Peter Krause, Ricardo Longinotti, Rocco Tirozzi, Jeff Talavera, William Conforte, Paul Carty, William Lear, Steve Arbuckle, James Bergers, Brett Riley, Tom Cox, Dave Cox, Eduardo Pereira, James Savidge, Edward Chairamonte, Don Allen, Chris Ferraro, Jack Bennett, Peter Antonelli, Keith Duncan, Steve Puleo, Anthony Manchisi, Peter Prokopis, Rick Welsh, Kirsten Pauli-Voss, Seth Mc Calaster, Ralph Aprile, Carlos Huidobro-Garcia, Betsey Bearse, Nancy Weida, Renee Price, Kevin Hemphill; Dans - Brandon Ferraro, Mike Tabone, Bruce Maus, Jerry White, Rose Lo Presti, Helen Morahan, Marlisa Rodrigues, Jacqueline Cruz, Stephanie Cruz, Sidney VanAntwerp, Andrew Tran, Donald Franklin, Bill Rayner, Harrison Tilery, Vincent Ginnetti, John Zvonek, Ivan Chadunkin, Abdelaziz Mehdouk, Guy Hess, Rodney Batista, Ray Siler, Kenneth Barrett, Mike Horcasek, Leigh Ann Crocco, Klara Marie Crocco.

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