The World Tang Soo Do Association

A True "World" Organization


Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin
(December 20, 1936 - July 9, 2012)

Robert E. Beaudoin


Studio of the Month

June   2014

Elmhurst Tang Soo Do          

Chief Instructor:

Masters Michael and Holly Inoshita

Other Instructors:

Michael Tzanetis Sam Dan,
Renee Mitchell E-Dan,
Marco Suarez E-Dan,
Emma Williams E-Dan


186 West Ave. Elmhurst, IL 60126


(630) 834-5192

Number of Students:


Types of Classes:

Tang Soo Do,
Hap Ki Do,
Ki Kong


Web Site:

History of the School:

Elmhurst Tang Soo Do started in October of 1998 in a park district facility in Elmhurst Illinois. It has grown and changed over the years from one class twice a week, to running between 15-17 classes a week.

History of the Chief Instructor:

Master Michael Inoshita began his martial arts training in Shotokan Karate in 1983, and began training in WTSDA in 1985 at Lawrenceville School Karate under Master Jesse Dunn. He received his 5th Dan in 2010. He has been an avid Ki Kong Practitioner for nearly 20 years, and is currently the East Coast Director for Ki Kong for the WKGC.
Master Holly Inoshita began training in Tang Soo Do in 1990 at Macalester Tang Soo Do in Minnesota. She received her 4th Dan in 2013, and has specialized integrating children with ADHD, Sensory Integration Issues, and children along the Autistic Spectrum into the Martial Arts Curriculum

What makes your studio stand out from the rest:

Elmhurst Tang Soo Do is considered a park district program on paper. However, the school runs in many ways like many commercial schools, with classes of 15-30 covering ages 4-60+. We are active in our interaction within the park district, some local schools, and are really committed to supporting our region and the WTSDA in any way we can.

Student Testimonials:

“Since October 1998, I have had the honor and pleasure of being Elmhurst Tang Soo Do first student. Through the gentle encouragement of my two instructors, Master Michael Inoshita and Master Holly Inoshita, I learned to like and enjoy things I originally did not care for (forms and teaching, for example). Over the years, I have been able to witness how my two instructors, through joys and sorrows, have continued to improve themselves and their students. My two young sons are also training at ETSD and, I could not think of better place for them to learn about WTSDA three principle mottos, Traditionalism, Professionalism and Brotherhood.”
~ Michael Tzanetis, Sam Dan

“After nearly 4 years of our 10 year old son attending Elmhurst Tang Soo Do (ETSD), we have learned to love it more every year. The discipline that is taught along with the sense of community/family that ETSD provides makes it an enjoyable experience whether it is a regular class or a tournament. One way this is shown is by both Master Michael Inoshita and Master Holly Inoshita knowing each one of their student’s names, the names of each student’s sibling(s), along with the name of every parent which is impressive. We also love that this is not only an individual sport, but if you would like, it can be a group one as well. Being a part of the Demo Team for the past few years has offered Luc the ability to be exposed to upper level belts, learn how to be a part of a group, learn new skills, and create even more friendships. In addition, with so many kids seeking ‘instant gratification’ it is great that they have to work hard regularly to advance to the next belt level. This provides them with a sense of accomplishment that can only come with continuous hard work. The fact that Master Michael Inoshita and Master Holly Inoshita prove to each one of their students that this hard work must continue throughout the TSD journey by continuing to advance themselves, shows they practice what the preach. This is the example we want for our son, and they both show it regularly with their own hard work and promotions. When asked why he liked ETSD so much, Luc’s response was, “They make it fun, but keep order if needed. Also, they treat everyone equally.”
~ The Pesenti Family

“Elmhurst Tang Soo Do’s special gift is a unique sense of family while fostering a deep passion for Tang Soo Do as an art. Every member of the community, from little dragon up to senior instructor, demonstrates commitment to the association and the legacy of Grandmaster Shin. From white belts to Masters, everyone connected to ETSD plays a vital role in the studio and keeps the family feeling and connection alive. The complimentary personalities and teaching styles of the Masters embody the balance of Um Yang and enable effective dissemination of the art for every learner. A deep sense of care enables every student to feel safe, try something new, and accomplish things they never dreamed possible. This blend of passion, commitment, and sense of family create a studio with heart.”
~ Gena Eiseman Red Belt

“My son has been attending Elmhurst Tang Soo Do for over five years. He started as a Little Dragon in kindergarten and at the time he really lacked self-confidence and was afraid to do things like climb on the monkey bars. Master Michael Inoshita and Master Mrs. Holly Inoshita have nurtured and supported his growth over the past four years, helping him to grow in to a confident, self-aware, and respectful boy. Their patience and firm, but kind approach makes all of the students feel comfortable and encourages them to learn and grow. I love how they focus on the whole child, taking interest in the things their students do outside of the dojang. I am so grateful that my son is part of such a positive community, and I know that his involvement in Elmhurst Tang Soo Do has help made him who he is today and will support who he will become in the future.”
~ Amanda Pelsor mother of Gavin Pelsor

“What I like about doing karate at Elmhurst Tang Soo Do is that it is fun. Also, when I'm mad or angry, it helps calm me down. I like it because I see my friends that I don't see as much, too.”
~ Connor Campbell, age 9