About the West Haven Academy of Karate, New Braunfels, Texas
The West Haven Academy of Karate in New Braunfels, Texas ( WHAK-NB ) was opened in
December of 1993. In December 2012, the school moved to it's current location, 3546 #1B
Loop 337.  Currently, WHAK-NB has promoted 189 Dan members (1st Degree Blackbelts)
since it's inception.  WHAK-NB has also promoted, 92 second Dans (2nd Degrees), 29 third
Dans (3rd degrees), and 4 fourth Dan master instructors; Sa Bom Nim Brittny Wolda, Sa
Bom Nim Lois Riley and two fifth Dans, (5th degree) Sa Bom Nim Hoke Nunan and Sa Bom
Nim David Brandt a Captain in the United States Air Force. In October 2013, distinguished
Tang Soo Do Masters Sa Bom Nim Ben Johnson of Aim and Focus Karate in Austin and Sa
Bom Nim Tripp Davis of The Karate School - Atascocita and The Karate School Fall Creek in
Humble, chose Master Riley as their instructor as they transition into the Mi Guk Kwan style
thereby increasing the Texas Mi Guk Kwan Family.

The success that WHAK-NB has had can be directly related to the family atmosphere that
fills the school throughout the 31 classes per week. The weekly schedule offers flexible
class times as well as rank specific classes, which students can take advantage of everyday
if they wish. WHAK-NB also offers special "Karat-A-Tot" classes for 4-5 year old students.

Four students from WHAK-NB have opened full time Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan schools.
They are Sa Bom Nim Hoke Nunan who owns the Tang Soo Do Academy of Cedar Park,
Texas, Kyo Sa Nim Jon De La Garza, 2nd Dan who owns WHAK-Sequin , Kyo Sa Nim
Melanie Mearse, 2nd Dan who owns the WHAK-San Marcos, and most recently Kyo Sa Nim
Larry Covin who owns the WHAK-Canyon Lake school.

WHAK-NB also offers many special classes and clinics throughout the year which enhance
every students martial arts experience.
About Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan
The martial art known as Tang Soo Do is relatively modem. However, its basis, the
Korean disciplines of Soo Bahk, and Tae Kyun, dates back many centuries. Tang Soo
Do is a composites style influenced by the Northern Chinese arts, the Southern
Chinese arts, and the Okinawan discipline of Karate. The Chinese influences were
as follows; Basic Training (Seh Bop - method of postures, Bo Bop - method of steps,
Ryun Bop - method of conditioning), and form and combat applications, (Dham Toi
Sip E Ro, and "Tae Kuk Kwon"). The Okinawan influences were primarily a result of
the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910-1945. The term "Tang Soo Do" was the
name Grandmaster Won Kuk Lee, founder of Chung Do Kwan originally applied to
his art. After a meeting with Mr. Lee in 1947, Kwan Jhang Nim Hwang Kee decided to
integrate the art of "Tang Soo Do" (Okinawan discipline of Karate) into his Hwa Soo
Do discipline. Our kicking techniques, for which Tang Soo Do is recognized are
based on the ancient Korean kicking style of Tae Kyun which were later formalized by
Grandmaster Hwang Kee, founder of the Hwa Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan style. Tang Soo
Do is both a hard and soft style, deriving its hardness in part from Soo Bahk and its
soft flowing movements from the Northern and Southern Chinese systems.

Grandmaster Charles Ferraro, founder of the Mi Guk Kwan system, began his
studies in Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan in 1967 under Mr. Robert Cheezic, pin #2278.
After the formation of the U. S. Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation in 1976. Kwan
Jhang Nim Ferraro became a student of Master Hyun Chul Hwang, son of
Grandmaster Hwang Kee. From 1976-1996 Kwan Jhang Nim Ferraro studied and
obtained a high level of proficiency in many martial and natural health disciplines,
(8th Dan - Recognized as Founder (Kwan Jhang Nim) of Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan,
6th Dan Ju-jutsu, 5th Dan Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan, 5th Dan Aiki-jutsu, 3rd Dan
American Goju, Certified Instructor Kali, and Master of Reiki - the art of natural
healing).

Kwan Jhang Nim Charles Ferraro opened his first Dojang in 1976 in New Haven, CT,
under the name of New England Tang Soo Do Academy. After moving his Dojang to
West Haven, CT in 1978, Kwan Jhang Nim Ferraro decided to change the name of
his school to West Haven Academy of Karate, Achievement Centers. At the time of
this writing Grandmaster Ferraro and his students have opened eighteen Dojangs in
four states.

Because of the aforementioned achievements, growth and development of the
various Dojangs, and the philosophical and fiscal direction of the existing
federations, Grandmaster Charles Ferraro founded and established the Tang Soo
Do Mi Guk Kwan, ("A brotherhood, school, and place in America to practice the way of
the empty hand defense").

On December 9th, 1995, fifty-nine of Kwan Jhang Nim Ferraro's senior students and
studio owners held an unprecedented and historic meeting. It was at this meeting
that it was decided by unanimous vote to form a new martial arts organization. It was
through the dedicated efforts of those in attendance at this inaugural meeting that the
Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan Association, Inc. was formed with Kwan Jhang Nim
Charles Ferraro as its president.

Although Tang Soo Do and its great combat applications can be adapted to
competition, it is not a sport. As a classical martial art, its purpose is to develop every
aspect of the "self" in order to create a mature person who totally integrates his/her
intellect, body, emotions, and spirit. This integration helps to create a person who is
free from inner conflict and who can deal with the outside world in a mature,
intelligent, forthright, and virtuous manner. The Mi Guk Kwan name gives us a
direction where we can blend the philosophies of the East and the West, a vehicle
through which we can focus our mental training and foster the American way of life.
Tang Soo Do is the technique, Mi Guk Kwan is the philosophy. Tang Soo Do
technique requires the mental discipline that Mi Guk Kwan offers. The two combined
produce the total integration of mental, spiritual, and physical development which
increases the benefits of each. From their harmony an awareness of being is created
that makes Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan training a valuable art form.

As a result of the decision to form the Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan Association, Inc., an
elected and appointed Board of Directors was established to guide it's membership
in the growth and continuation of Tang Soo Do in the United States. The Board also
maintains the standards of excellence set by Grandmaster Charles Ferraro and his
appointed Technical Advisory Committee. The chartered members of the TAC are Sa
Bom Nim Richard Kopf, Sa Bom Nim Howard Dugan, and Sa Bom Nim Joseph
DeVita.

Due to the vision, courage, and action of Kwan Jhang Nim Ferraro and many mature,
intelligent, and independent individuals including the Char-ter Members, Technical
Advisory Committee and Board of Directors who worked to create the Association, the
future success of the Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan is a virtual certainty.

Tang Soo Do practitioners are positive thinkers with a "rock-hard determination" to
succeed. We are proud of our achievements, yet we know there is much more to
learn. We are winners who share an unbreakable solidarity, yet we have
independence to speak what we feel. These qualities will forever hold us together as
kinsmen, as a family, and assure future generations that they will inherit the way of
Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan.
About Sa Bom Nim Brett Riley
Master Riley is a native Texan, and a NBHS class of  '80 graduate and began his
Tang Soo Do training over thirty  years ago as a Cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
He is an eight  time National Tang Soo Do sparring champion and a seven time
National Tang Soo Do forms champion.

Master Riley is currently  an appointed member to the Board of Directors of the Tang
Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan Association  and is serving as it's Chairman. In 1995, he was
appointed by Grandmaster Charles Ferraro as a Regional Examiner which covers
Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas,  and Kansas. In 2005 he was named to the
Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was appointed as a member of
the Regional Advisory Committee, by Kwan Jang Nim Charles Ferraro

Prior to opening WHAK-NB, Master Riley worked as an assistant instructor at the
West Haven Academy of Karate in Stamford, Connecticut under Sa Bom Nim Joe
DeVita from 1988 through 1990. He then worked as the Program Director for the West
Haven Academy of Karate in West Haven, Connecticut under Kwan Jhang Nim
Charles Ferraro from 1990 through 1993.

Master Riley has been married to Lois Riley, LCSW,  who is also a 4th Dan, Master
Instructor and a registered Yoga instructor, for fourteen years. They have two sons
Marcus (a 2nd Dan) who is 13, and Austin (a Cho Dan) who is 10 and a daughter
McKenzie who is 17 years old and plays varsity girls basketball at NBHS.
Master Riley and Marcus
Lois and Austin on the Carousel
Marcus and Austin
Marcus, McKenzie, and Austin
The Riley Family, Austin, Brett, McKenzie, Marcus, and Lois
Master Riley's Martial Arts Resume
   
January 1981
Began Tang Soo Do training at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado
February 1986
Resumed Tang Soo Do training with Sa Bom Nim Yeon Seo in Hackensack, New Jersey
March 1987
Began training at West Haven Academy of Karate in Stamford, Connecticut, with Sa Bom Nim Joe DeVita
November 1989
Tested for Cho Dan (1st degree) at U.S.Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Headquarters, Springfield, N.J.
December 1989
Tested for 1st degree black belt in Shio Karano Ju Jitsu at the West Haven Academy of Karate, West Haven,
Connecticut
1990-1993
Member New England Sparring Team
October 1990
Third Place Cho Dan Men’s Heavyweight Free-Sparring; Third Place Team Free-Sparring at the National
Championship, Lake Kiamesha, New York
May 1991
Began Training at West Haven Academy of Karate in West Haven, Connecticut with Sa Bom Nim Charles
Ferraro.
May 1991-1993
Served as Programs Director for the West Haven Academy of Karate in West Haven, Connecticut.
October 1991
Tested for E Dan (2nd Degree) and Kyo Sa (Certified Instructor) at the West Haven Academy of Karate in West
Haven, Connecticut
July 1992
Tested for 2nd degree black belt in Shio Karano Ju Jitsu at the West Haven Academy of Karate, West Haven,
Connecticut
November 1992
National Grand Champion 2nd Dan Men’s Free-Sparring, Second Place Team Free-Sparring, Ft. Lauderdale,
Florida
October 1993
National Champion Team Free-Sparring - New England Sparring Team, Dallas, Texas
November 1993
Opened West Haven Academy of Karate in New Braunfels, Texas
June 1994
National Champion, Men’s 2nd Dan Heavyweight Free-Sparring, Member Texas Form Team, San Diego,
California
November 1994
Tested for Sam Dan (3rd degree) at the West Haven Academy of Karate in West Haven, Connecticut
September 1995
Attended Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan 50th Anniversary in Seoul, Korea
October 1995
Moved WHAK-NB to Landa Street
December 1995
Attended historic inaugural meeting of the Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan, West Haven, Connecticut
December 1995
Elected to TSDMGK Association Board of Directors, served as its’ Secretary
November 1996
Appointed as a Regional Examiner by the TSDMGK Technical Advisory Committee
November 1996
Member Texas Team Form - National Champions, Sea Crest Resort, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
August 1997
Elected Treasurer to the TSDMGK Association Board of Directors
August 1997
Member Texas Team Form - Back to Back National Champions, Senior Men’s Free-Sparring and Forms
National Champion, Secaucus, New Jersey
October 1998
Member Texas Team Form - Three Time National Champions, Senior Men’s Free-Sparring and Forms Back to
Back National Champion, Met Lois at the award banquet at the National Championships, Sea Crest Resort,
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
October 1998
Elected Vice-Chairman to the TSDMGK Association Board of Directors
January 1999
Tested for Sa Dan (4th degree), and Sa Bom (Master Instructor) West Haven, Connecticut
June 1999
Married Lois at National Championships, Stamford, Connecticut
June 1999
Elected Chairman to the TSDMGK Association Board of Directors
October 2000
Second Place Master’s Free-Sparring, Tang Soo Do National Championship, Disney World, Florida
May 2001
Moved WHAK-NB to Industrial Drive
August 2002
Master’s Free-Sparring National Champion, 2nd Place Kodanja Grand Championship, 3rd Place Master’s
Weapons, Las Vegas, Nevada
August 2003
2nd Place Master Weapons, 3rd Place Master’s Free-Sparring at the National Championships in Sturbridge
Village, Massachusetts
January 2004
Tested for O Dan (5th degree) at Kodanja 2004 in West Haven, Connecticut
August 2004
Began McKenna Club Martial Arts Program
August 2004
Hosted and Organized the 8th Annual International Tang Soo Do Championship, La Villita Convention Center,
San Antonio, Texas.
August 2004
Senior Kodanja Free-Sparring Champion, 2nd Place Senior Kodanja Forms, 2nd Place Kodanja Weapons,
Senior Kodanja Grand Champion International Championships, San Antonio, Texas
July 2005
Named to the Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan Hall of Fame at the 10th Annual International Tang Soo Do
Championships, New Orleans, Louisiana by Kwan Jhang Nim Charles Ferraro
February 2006
Promoted first student, Sa Bom Hoke Nunan, to Master Instructor and Sa Dan (4th Degree)
July 2006
2nd Place Senior Kodanja Free-Sparring, 2nd place Senior Kodanja Forms 11th Annual International Tang Soo
Do Championships, Atlantic City, New Jersey
February 2007
Promoted second student, Sa Bom Nim David Brandt, to Master Instructor and Sa Da (4th Degree)
July 2007
1st Place Senior Kodanja Free-Sparring, 1st Place Senior Kodanja Forms, 1st Place Senior Kodanja Weapons,
Senior Kodanja Grand Champion - 12th Annual International Tang Soo Do Championships, Warrick, Rhode
Island
July 2007
Appointed to inaugural Regional Advisory Committee by Kwan Jhang Nim Charles Ferraro
July 2007
Retired from competition with 15 national championship titles throughout career; Three Team Forms
Championships, One Team Sparring Championship, Six Individual Free-Sparring Championships, Four
Individual Forms Championships, One Weapons Championship, and three Grand Championships
West Haven Academy of Karate
New Braunfels, Texas
About WHAK-NB, Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan, & Sa Bom Nim Brett H. Riley