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

December   2013

Rock Solid Karate

Chief Instructor:

Scott Sandt, Sah Dan Master,
Lee Sandt 3rd Dan

Other Instructors:

Robin Moses 3rd Dan,
Jana Easter 3rd Dan
Stephanie Mabrouk 3rd Dan
Melanie Hodgkins 3rd Dan
Steve Shepard 2nd Dan
David Sandt 2nd Dan


3042 McEver Rd
Gainesville, GA 30504



Number of Students:


Types of Classes:

Tiny Tiger, Youth, Adult, Family, Mixed Martial Arts, and Fitness Class


History of the School:

Mr. Scott Sandt moved to the Oakwood / Gainesville, Georgia area on January 20, 2001 and opened Karate World of Oakwood. His dream was to someday design, build, and own a state of the art training facility. This dream became reality in September of 2007 when the new 8400 sq. ft. building known as Rock Solid Karate had its grand opening. It is the state of the art “Family Martial Arts Training Center” in North Georgia.

History of the Chief Instructor:

In 1992, Mr. Scott Sandt began his martial arts training in Tae Kwon Do. He started his training with his son, Mr. Lee Sandt, and then a year later his youngest son, Mr. David Sandt, started training. In 1995, Mr. Sandt started training in the World Tang Soo Do Association and he received his Sah Dan Master’s rank in March 2013. Mr. Sandt also trained in Shute Fighting a style that consists of striking and ground defense, and he is currently cross training in Brazilian Jujitsu and has earned his blue belt with the goal of obtaining his black belt. Mr. Sandt began teaching martial arts to youth and adults in 1997 and he is currently an Internationally Certified Instructor with the World Tang Soo Do Association. Over the years, Mr. Sandt has trained students from the age of 3.5 to 70 years old using a positive reinforcement style to encourage students to reach their full potential. He has set a goal to train all students to Black Belt and beyond. Because of Mr. Sandt’s passion for teaching the martial arts, he has produced over 120 black belts from 1st degree to 3rd degree with many more still to come. This could not have happened without the help of the excellent Internationally Certified Instructor team at Rock Solid Karate.

What makes your studio stand out from the rest:

Rock Solid Karate is a family martial arts studio that prides itself in teaching quality martial arts and reinforcing positive character traits that our society needs (7 tenants and 5 codes of Tang Soo Do). We have been blessed with great students and families and a beautiful training facility.

Student Testimonials:

“Why do I enjoy TSD? Let me count the ways! I became a member of the WTSD at the age of 57 because I needed to exercise. Lord willing, I will be 64 in March and thoroughly enjoy all aspects of the art. The instructor’s diverse knowledge keeps us motivated and I admire how they share their expertise with students of all ranks and ages. I thoroughly enjoy the classes and the friendships I continue to gain. After an exasperating day at the office I take a class and the experience makes me a happier, more fulfilled, and hopefully better person, motivated to do other things. I feel so blessed to be a part of the Rock Solid Karate family.”
~Gail Scarborough, E Dan

“My name is Jason. I'm 8 years old and I'm in 3rd grade. I'm a blue belt in TSD. I've been doing karate for 5 years. I've been doing karate since I was a Tiny Tiger and I even went to the World Tang Soo Do Association tournament in 2010 as a Tiny Tiger. I think mom and dad sent me to karate so that I won't be bullied at school and so I will have more self control. It doesn't mean a lot to me right now, but it will when I'm older. Karate will help me later in life with concentration and respect. I have made lots if friends while doing karate at RSK. I enjoy going to RSK and hope to one day earn my black belt.”
~ Jason Appel

“I enjoy Tang Soo Do as a martial art primarily for the qualities that it requires one to develop. Of the 7 tenants, PERSEVERANCE is the one that probably means the most to me. It’s the character trait that’s among the most important for progression in martial arts and really anything that matters in life. The development I’ve experienced as a result of training has helped me get through challenges in both my personal and professional life. The fact that we’re truly a united brotherhood where everyone is working towards the same goal with a spirit of dedication and humility is something not often found today. We all have our strengths and weaknesses and the art makes allowances for that while always pushing us to be our absolute best. I feel very fortunate to have found Tang Soo Do and my Rock Solid Karate family.”
~ Tang Soo!
- Ron Henry, 36, Cho Dan Bo