The World Tang Soo Do Association

A True "World" Organization

 

























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



















Grandmaster
Robert E. Beaudoin



WTSDA

Studio of the Month

October   2012


Range Martial Arts


Chief Instructor:

Bryan Fagerstrom, Sam Dan


Other Instructors:

Ramona Wickstrom, E Dan; Gail Fagerstrom, Cho Dan;Justin Koivisto, Cho Dan


Location:

10 2nd Ave NW,
Chisholm MN, 55719


Phone:

(218)254-5062


Number of Students:

65


Types of Classes:

Tang Soo Do,
Ki Gong,
Self Defense Programs


Email:
info@rangemartialarts.com

Web Site:
www.rangemartialarts.com



Our History:

Range Martial Arts is one of the longest running martial arts schools in northern Minnesota. We are a family oriented school focusing on the traditional values of the martial arts. We appeal to students of all ages ranging from 4 to 54 and beyond. Our school was started in 1982 by Steve Yukich, a black belt instructor, in Buhl, MN who trained under the traditional martial art of Moo Do Kwan under Grand Master Hwang Kee. The school, working out of the high school gym in conjunction with community education, was a small group of students led by an instructor who loved the arts and wanted to teach as many people as he could. Around 1984, Mr. Steve Yukich joined the World Tang Soo Do Association under Master Jae C. Shin and continued in the instruction of Tang Soo Do. As the years passed, classes grew and the school moved to a new studio location on Main Street in Chisholm. The school continued strong, showing its dedication to the community, teaching martial arts and holding women's self defense classes. In 2003, Steve Yukich retired and the school was taken over by Bryan Fagerstrom. Classes continued to grow and by 2005 the existing studio became too small and a new building was purchased. After some renovations, classes continued at its new location. Today we have more than 50 active students of all ages. We continue to grow as we seek to instruct children and adult students in the traditional ways of Tang Soo Do.


History of the Chief Instructor:

I began my journey through Martial Arts in January of 1991 at 8 years of age. I was encouraged by my parents to give "karate" a try. At that age it was kind of a scary adventure and I really didn't know what to think. Mr. Steve Yukich was my instructor and I was joined by a handful of students my age. It took a little while to get past the awkward stage, but when I finally did, Martial Arts became an exciting activity. Every class was a new opportunity to learn new techniques. I was hooked and began advancing through the ranks. As I began to mature both mentally and physically, some new challenges arose. I began to grow and techniques became awkward again and my flexibility seemed to be getting worse. I was at the stage where my body was growing faster than my ability to control it. I became frustrated and began to think that the Martial Arts weren't for me. Mr. Yukich continued to encourage me to push through. I did, and in August of 1994, I passed my Cho Dan Bo test. The next four years were a difficult and long road to my Black Belt. In December of 1998 I passed my Black Belt test and was Mr. Yukich's first official Black Belt. Over the next several years college became an important and busy part of my life. Mr. Yukich was retiring and asked if I would purchase and continue running the school. After some thinking I agreed, and on June 1, 2003, Range Martial Arts was officially my responsibility. I was excited, I had a lot of things to learn, but with the help of fellow Dan Ramona Wickstrom, things worked out. The school continued to grow and expand in both number of students and facilities. In July 2006, I successfully tested for my second degree Black Belt and second degree instructor rank, and in September of 2009, I passed the test for third degree Black Belt and third degree instructor. I am very proud of the school and am excited to see it continue to flourish and be a big part of our community. I am a career firefighter/paramedic for the Hibbing Fire Department, operate on the technical rescue team, and am a tactical paramedic for the Hibbing S.W.A.T. team. I am happily married to my beautiful wife Jennifer and have two sons named Benjamin, age 4, and Thomas, age 2. I am currently residing in Chisholm and am also a high school Sunday School teacher at our local church.


What makes your studio stand out from the rest:

Range Martial Arts is a school based on the principal of “family”. When a student enters the front door they enter into a program that teaches to the individual. We are so fortunate to have such a strong core group of black belts and instructors that each bring in their own unique strengths and technical expertise. We are an established school with over 30 years instructing the traditional martial arts. We are passionate about Tang Soo Do but more importantly we are passionate about our students, dedicating time to help the students develop themselves in the martial arts and foster long lasting friendships.

 

Student Testimonials:

I like doing the kicks, punches, and choon bee stances. I really like running around and my favorite game is blocking the black belts punch.”
~ Ayden Clark, Age: 4, Rank: Tiny Tiger


“Before I started Martial Arts at Starworld I was bullied a lot at school in fourth grade. I have attended Martial Arts at Starworld for the last 2 years. I have not been bullied the last 2 years in 5th and 6th grade. I have learned how to protect myself. I protect myself by using my words, self-defense, and knowing that I can tell an adult. I am doing better in school. I have to work hard to learn new forms and movements to make sure my body moves the right way. I enjoy being picked up in the van and attending the after-school program. I have met new friends from other schools that attend the after school program.”
~Daniel Barry


“I like getting to practice self defense with friends. My grandpa started this school so I want to make him proud.”
~ Bay Yukich, Age 9, Rank 7th Gup


"It’s my favorite hobby. I like being with the friends I meet here. I enjoy doing forms. The teachers are very nice and helpful. I just really enjoy it a lot."
~ Dawn Olson, Age 11, Rank 9th Gup


"In spring of this year, I was diagnosed with A-D/HD. As part of adapting my life to accommodate that diagnosis, I decided to pursue either piano lessons or Tang Soo Do. A wise friend told me my piano would end in splinters. Tang Soo Do has helped me to develop the concentration, perseverance, and self-control which I lacked."
~ Steven Carter, Age 50, Rank: 8th Gup


"I love Tang Soo Do as it is a way for me to enjoy a family environment while learning self defense and self betterment. The knowledge I have gained over the years allows me to further my training by passing on the knowledge to the Tiny Tigers, Little Dragons, and General Class. The meaning of TSD to me is “The Way of Life”, which equates to learning how to live a better life physically, emotionally, and mentally both inside and outside the Dojang."
~ Sean Argir, Age 27, Rank: Cho Dan