Master Kristan Mack - 4th Degree Black Belt Master Instructor
Master Kristan Mack has been training in and teaching martial arts in Arlington, VA with the WTSDA since 1993. Throughout her career, she has trained directly under WTSDA Founder and Grandmaster Jae C. Shin, as well as Grandmasters Robert Beaudoin and Bill Strong and brings those skill sets and training lessons to her classes. Master Mack is the sole owner and Chief Instructor of Capitol Tang Soo Do, sits on the WTSDA Website Committee and her Regional Scholarship Committee. She believes in mixing traditional elements of Tang Soo Do, like history, language and culture, with modern day training elements focusing on strength, and technique. Her goal is for Capitol to remain a small, intimate and family friendly studio where Tang Soo Do and self-defensive classes are offered to all ages and all levels, blending hard work with fun. Her specialties include weapons, sparring and self-defense.
Christopher Tighe - Cho Dan
Mr. Christopher Tighe is a certified 1st Degree Black Belt and has trained with Capitol Tang Soo Do since its inception. He is currently the Head Instructor for Capitol and serves as the instructor in charge of children's programming. Additionally, he teaches adult classes and handles coordination of our special events. His specialties include self-defense and meditation techniques.
Ed Saul - Cho Dan
Mr. Saul came to both Martial Arts and Yoga late in life, but is now both a Black Belt and certified ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher). He is interested in similarities between these two disciplines and how older generations may benefit from them. He often teaches highly focused yoga and balance classes for all students in an effort to work on core strength and focus. Mr. Saul also serves as Capitol's Community Service Coordinator,scheduling our annual volunteering events with the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) and other services.
Mike Matsko - Cho Dan
Mr. Matsko is currently a 1st Degree Black Belt who is hard at work on preparations for his 2nd Degree exam. He teaches both adult and children's classes and his favorite elements are breaking boards and breaking more boards!
Sharon Lovering - Cho Dan
Ms. Lovering is currently a 1st Degree Black Belt who is also hard at work on preparations for her 2nd Degree exam. She is one of our Children's Program instructors and her specialties are forms and weapons.
What is Tang Soo Do?
Tang Soo Do is traditional Korean Martial Art, and translated means "the art of open hand and foot self defense". It was developed more than two thousand years ago, and is an art rich with tradition and history.
Tang Soo Do training allows those who train the ability to achieve control and finesse via the mind as well as the physical. Training helps develop discipline as well as self-confidence and a sense of respect, both for one's self as well as for others.
Our training focuses on the 5 Codes of Tang Soo Do that include: