In Sparring - "If I lose my temper, I place my safety in the hands of a fool."
Dedicated to the historical preservation and practice of traditional Tang Soo Do Korean Karate. We believe in teaching the art of Korean Karate, in pure form, which dates back to ancient history.
Karate is more than just learning to defend yourself... it's about respect, honor, integrity & self discipline. And here at our studio our desire is to teach these disciplines as we teach karate.
We want you to succeed, which is why our programs are geared toward helping all ages stay positive and motivated. Our master's are highly qualified and personable individuals with a true passion for teaching the art of Tang Soo Do. From the moment you enter our studio you will feel at home and excited to take part of the learning.
Our program is perfectly suited for all ages 5 and up, and in fact, we have one of the largest karate programs for kids in town.
Our association is distinguished by the teachings of our Grand Master, William Clingan, 9th Degree Black Belt (Dan #5845), who originally studied in Korea with some of the most renown Grand Masters who have taught the ancient art of karate.
If you have any questions, please drop by our studio, conveniently located in downtown Yuba City, or feel free to give us a call. We'd be happy to sit down with you or your child and explain our program
Grand Master Clingan was born in Grafton, West Virginia on December 15, 1944.
He was the 14th child born to William D. Clingan Sr. and Clara (Kline) Clingan, his younger sister was born in 1947. He attended grade school in Grafton until his mother and family moved to Cresaptown Maryland in 1956. It was a short stay in Cresaptown, the family then moved to Cumberland, Maryland where Grand Master Clingan attended Penn Avenue Middle School and then in 1958, the same year he began his martial arts adventures, he started classes at Fort Hill High School, where he graduated in 1962.
Grand Master Clingan immediately joined the Air Force and was sent to Osan Air Base, Korea, where he continued his training alongside renowned martial artists such as Grand Master Ki Yun Yi, and many other well-known Korean Grand Masters; many of whom he remains in contact with. His early training began in-depth when he met Grand Master Yi at Osan Air Base; Grand Master Yi continues to mentor Grand Master Clingan to this day. Grand Master Clingan made two additional trips to Korea and the extensive training he received while stationed at Osan included the privilege to train with Grand Master Bong Soo Han, the founder of the International Hapkido Association.
Grand Master Clingan founded the Northern California Tang Soo Do Association in 1971; he continues to promote traditional Tang Soo Do leading his current organization, Grand Master Clingan's Tang Soo Association. Grand Master Clingan was also the founder of the All American Tang Soo Do Association, and former Vice President of the International Tang Soo Do Federation.
During his martial arts career, Grand Master Clingan has taught at Yuba Community College in Linda, California, and while stationed at the Pentagon taught hand to hand combat tactics to many high ranking officers of the military services.
Upon his retirement from the military service in October 1983 he returned to the Yuba-Sutter area of Northern California to resume teaching Tang Soo Do.
Currently Grand Master Clingan instructs local and national martial artists from his headquarters, Grand Master Clingan's Korean Karate Academy in Yuba City.
Master Ysidro Mendivil "JR" has over 30 years in the martial arts. Beginning with wrestling in high school, which taught an appreciation for self-study and self-reliance, Master JR acquired an appreciation to martial arts. While in the Air Force at Sheppard AFB, Master JR had the opportunity to train martial arts with Grandmaster M. Driggers and several other karate practitioners. This led to a lifelong friendship and longest active student with Grandmaster Driggers and a further appreciation for the martial arts, and Tang Soo Do in particular. Master JR continued training while in the AF with various instructors and participants, and officiating at martial arts events.
After the Air Force, Master JR continued martial arts by teaching Tang Soo Do classes for Long Beach Recreation, and training with various schools in the Orange County area. Although pursuing academics and raising a family took a lot of time, Master JR was able to keep up skills learned, and acquire new ones. This was followed by several years training and teaching at Long Beach TSD Academy, grappling training at Westminster Hapkido, and weapons training with Kidd Jason and the South Bay FMA.
Master JR is currently training with Grandmaster M. Conniry at the Pacific Martial Arts Foundation in San Diego. As principle for Multinational Martial Arts, Master JR provides contract instruction as the Head Martial Arts Instructor for the Signal Hill My Gym, and also provides private lessons to all ages.
Master JR is a Customer Service and Sales professional, with a Bachelors Degree in Management.
Master Martin was born in Frostburg, MD on Jun 1st of 1950. He is the oldest of four children and was born to Delbert and LeEsta Martin. He is married to Dorothy Martin. Master Martin holds both an AA and AS degree and is currently employed as a Radiologic Technician and EMT.
Miltary Service: USAF
Mr. Charlie Clingan is the youngest son of Grandmaster William Clingan. He began his Tang Soo Do training in 1989, at the age of 4. He trained fulltime under his father and instructors of The Korean Karate Academy, eventually earning the rank of 1st Dan (Black Belt) Dan #25845, under Grandmaster C.S. Kim and the International Tang Soo Do Federation in 1995, at the age of 10.
After several more years of training in 1998, Mr. Clingan achieved the rank of 2nd Dan. After a 5 year layoff Mr. Clingan resumed his training in 2006. He recertified his 2nd Dan in 2008, tested for and achieved 3rd Dan in 2009. Mr. Clingan is currently one of the primary instructor's at his father's dojang Clingan's Korean Karate Academy, in addition to Tang Soo Do, Mr. Clingan is well versed in Hapkido and has also studied under Prof. Charlie Robinson (Judo), Prof. Bob Kent (Goshin Jutsu) and Seth Williams (Submission Grappling). In his career outside of the Martial Arts, Mr. Clingan is a sales and management professional. He is married and has two daughters.