We have moved to our new beautiful Dojang in the Sentry Mall, (pictured above!)
right next to Emerald Technologies! Come by and see our Dragon Palace...
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Click here for a map: 915 Redwood Drive, Suite E, Garberville, CA 95542
Dragon Heart Tang Soo Do is a member school of the World Tang Soo Do Association. Owner and Chief Instructor, Master Becky Rupp, is a 4th degree Black Belt. She is a certified instructor and started Dragon Heart in 1998. Since then many members and some entire families have trained and achieved their Black Belts. Grandmaster Jae C. Shin of the WTSDA believes Tang Soo Do is for everyone. Therefore the certified teachers at Dragon Heart make sure everyone can train with whatever abilities they have!
We are very honored and proud to be the home of 3 WTSDA Hall of Fame winners. This is a prestigious and rare award given to a select few. Master Rupp was awarded Instructor of the Year in 2006 ~ Shyla Sickels was awarded Student of the Year in 2006 ~ Doug Smith was awarded the very first ever Community Service Award in 2008.
Martial arts training is not about aggressiveness, but mastering control your inner-self. We encourage people of all ages to visit us and explore the many activities and specialized classes we offer.
For children and adolescents especially, Martial Arts training encourages the growth of invaluable life skills: self-confidence, discipline, respect, courtesy, goal-setting, perseverance, physical fitness, and last but not least, leadership skills. For an in depth look at the many benefits we offer for young people, see our Special Report on the Seven Benefits of Martial Arts Training For Kids.
For answers to many commonly asked questions, visit our FAQ page, and don't hesitate to contact us if there are any other questions that you have.
"Have a vision and a purpose; create the man or woman you really want to become."
- Grandmaster Jae C. Shin
This is a Korean Karate. While you are learning our techniques for self-defense, you will also be increasing flexibility, strength, memory, and coordination. Our system includes cardiovascular aerobic exercise for the heart and lungs which help you lose weight. Don't worry about your age, or present physical condition. We all start with what we can do. Our program improves patience, respect, mental clarity, concentration, self-discipline, control, and confidence, and gives everyone a strong healthy body with good coordination.
The WTSDA, founded by Grandmaster Jae C. Shin in 1982, is a world renowned organization.
It currently has studios in more than twenty countries and an enrollment of over 100,000 students.
Grandmaster Shin started his training in Korea at the age of 12 and became one of the world's most respected and renowned martial artists. The year he came to the U.S., Black Belt Magazine honored him by devoting a full chapter to him in the book "20th Century Warriors," putting him in the company of the most legendary martial arts figures ever!
“The true value of Tang Soo Do is not the belt you wear, but
the changes that have occurred within you in your quest