Master Garth Charland
was on a U.S. team in 1990, visiting Poland and Russia for friendship
tournaments and demonstrations. He was frequent competitor and very successful
on the tournament scene mainly in forms, fighting and breaking. Recalling his
most memorable moments he cites the 1992 Green Mountain Challenge where he won
the largest Middleweight division he had ever seen, then won the Grand Champion
in fighting and then with the help of his teammates (Richard Hoyt and Fred
Bushy), won the team fighting division against teams as far away as Russia.
He runs one of the
largest karate training facilities in New England and was co-founder of the Tang
Soo Do Masters Alliance.
He began his
martial arts instruction career in 1988 teaching a karate program for the
Watertown, CT Parks and Recreation. After making it
the most popular program outside of Pop Warner Football (120 students) with the
help of Master Scott Hanson, he gave the program to its current instructor and
opened full time in 1992, later that same year he was married to 2nd dan black belt Teresa (Mongillo) Charland.
They are still happily married (yes, these days that is worth mentioning).
On December 1 of
1996, he was promoted to the rank of 4th dan by a large American based Tang Soo
was our (TSDMA) Best of the Best Champion for 2002, and was promoted to 5th dan on
Saturday, August 3rd, 2002 by the TSDMA masters, and invited masters in
September 30 2002, Master David L. Sgro also promoted him to 5th dan in the San
Kil Tang Soo Do organization.
He is one of the
cofounders of this organization the T.S.D.M.A. In 2006, Master Charland was
named Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the United States Goodwill Tang Soo
In November of 2007 Master Charland tested for the rank of Yuk Dan (6th) and
was promoted in March of 2008 by Master David Sgro through San Kil Tang Soo Do. This promotion
makes Master Charland our highest ranking master. It has no bearing on the directorship of the
TSDMA organization, the
three senior masters remain in charge equally; Charland, Daniels and K. Laliberte. We have no interest in
a monarchy, history has proven that a democratic society is best.