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Walter J. Belsito Sr.
Founder and Grand Master
Walter J. Belsito Sr.
1937-2013

Belsito Tang Soo Do Karate Association
Founder/Grand Master/Senior Advisor
10th Degree Black Belt

Belsito Martial Arts Association
Founder/Soke/Sifu-Yang Tai Chi Chuan
Grand Master Belsito was born in Newburgh, NY in 1937. In 1959 he settled in Waterbury, where he would begin his journey into the martial arts. The first arts that peaked his interest was Judo and Jujutsu. Then in 1965 he commuted to NY to study Yoga under Edataryl Yohanin Sam-Ji in Maybrook, NY and Tai Chi under William Chen in NYC. In 1966 he began studying Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do under instructor Robert Cheezic #2278 of The Cheezic Tang Soo Do Federation and later studied under Dr. Robert Beaudoin
#5657 Tang Soo Do would be the Martial Art that would lead him to his life long dedication. He first started teaching Tang Soo Do for the Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) in Waterbury, CT in 1970. In 1972 he was promoted to black belt by Jae Chul Shin #698 who also promoted Robert Cheezic, Robert Beaudoin and action movie star Chuck Norris. His registration number is #17029, A member of The Korean Tang Soo Do Association, issued by president and founder of the Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do Association Hwang Kee. In the fall of 1972 he opened the first full time Tang Soo Do School in Waterbury, CT, “The Waterbury Karate Institute,” teaching Karate, Tai Chi, Yoga and Weapons.   In addition to running the two programs Mr. Belsito and his students did demonstrations and competed in karate tournaments up and down the east coast of New England.

Being a student of the oriental culture he has a working knowledge of Chinese, Korean and Japanese languages. He was one of the first Americans to translate the Korean bible of Tang Soo Do “Soo Bahk Do Dae Kham”, written by Grandmaster Hwang Kee. Most of the information in the book did not become available to the general public until the early 1990’s. He was one of the first to teach the higher forms including the 20th “Tai Chi Chuan." In 1998 he was
awarded his sokeship
in his style of martial arts and he co-founded the Korean Karate Masters Association with Masters Donald Belsito, Raphael Velez, and Robert Gelinas. Grandmaster Belsito has been an inspiration to all of his students and instructors because of his kindness, professionalism and knowledge of martial arts history. Not being interested in making money or becoming famous, at one time he instructed children in his backyard for fifty cents a lesson. He wanted to share with others the true knowledge and traditions of Tang Soo Do. For more than 40 years he has trained and promoted over a thousand individuals, ages ranging from 4 years to adult. On September 20, 2004 Grandmaster Belsito named Master Donald Belsito Sr. Head of the Belsito Tang Soo Do Karate Association. On January 21, 2006 Hanshi Robert Gelinas and a Master panel were on hand to attest to the Pioneer Award sponsored by the Gelinas Martial Arts System International awarded to Grandmaster Belsito for his contributions in the Martial Arts for the last forty years,primarily in the Korean Martial Art art of Tang Soo Do and the Chinese Martial Art of Tai Chi Chuan. The Belsito Tang Soo Do Karate Association gave Honors to Grand Master Walter J. Belsito Sr. On Sunday September 18, 2011 in Hurleyville, NY. Grand Master Belsito was honored with a Lifetime achievement award and a Legend award for dedicating over 40 years of his life to the Martial Arts.
Donald E. Belsito Sr.
Grand Master
Donald E. Belsito Sr.

Master Instructor 7th Degree Black Belt
Tang Soo Do Masters Alliance
Belsito Martial Arts Association
Sa Bom Nim/Sho Dai Soke/Sifu
Catskill Martial Arts Academy/Owner

Grand Master Belsito started his martial arts training in Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do under the tutelage of his father Walter Belsito Sr. In 1971. He has been
training, studying and researching in the martial arts for many years. He has taught over a thousand students and promoted students to black belt and at
the master black belt level. Mr. Belsito has done demonstrations, seminars and summer camps on Weapons, Jujutsu, Ninjutsu and Tang Soo Do throughout New England. He competed in the Professional Karate League (P.K.L.) and was rated in sparring, forms, and weapons.

1990 Member of the USA Intersport Karate Team, Russia, Poland, and Amsterdam.

Over the years Master Belsito has had the pleasure of studying with many  Instructors, Masters and Grandmaster's of many different Martial Arts
systems and styles.His two main Instructors in the art of Tang Soo Do were Grandmaster Walter Belsito Sr. & Grandmaster Robert Cheezic.

The Arts trained  in over the last Forty yearsAikido, Aikijujutsu, Hapkido, Judo, Jujitsu, Kajukido, Kali, Kempo,Pai Lum White Dragon, Shotokan, Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do,Wing Cuan, Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan and Ninjutsu,

Holder of several Different Black Belts

In addition to teaching Mr. Belsito produced his own TV program kickin it for two years on public access. September 20, 2004 Designated - Shodai Soke/Inheiriter - Belsito Tang Soo Do Karate Association.

Master Belsito's Instructors have been as follows:
Grand Master Walter Belsito Sr.-Tang Soo Do/Tai Chi Chuan
Grand Master Robert Gordon-Judo/Jujitsu
Shawn Cole-Brazilian Jui Jitsu
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