Korean Karate Academy

Established 1968

Who We Are

The establishment of the Korean Karate Academy began by chance.  In 1962, Mr. Edward Ormanian was training in Judo at the Downriver Y.M.C.A. in  Wyandotte, Michigan where he met a student who said, "he was in karate".  The karate class was on alternate nights, so Mr. Ormanian went the next night to watch the class.

 Mr. Drouillard, the first American to receive a Black Belt in Tang Soo Do, was intructing the class at the time.  he was with the U.S. Army in Korea where he earned a Black Belt.  He returned to Michigan and opened the first Karate Club in the state.

After a few months, Mr. Drouillard became ill, and Mr. Russ Hanke, who was a First Dan at the time, took over as instructor.  In 1962, they sent to Korea for an instructor.  When Mr. Sang Kyu Shim arrived, they had about 120 students.  Three months later, the club was down to about 25 students.

Mr. Shim stayed with the club for about nine months.  During that time, Mr. Ormanian attained the rank of 1st Gup.  At the age of 39, Mr. Ormanian received his 1st Degree Black belt in October of 1966.  Mr. Shim left to form his own organization, "United Tae Kwan Do".

In July of 1964, Mr. Ormanian's son, Aaron, at the age of 12, began his training in Tang Soo Do.  Aaron received his 1st Degree Black belt on August 20th, 1967.  At that time, the age limit to even start in training was 14.  Some clubs took students only at the age of 18.  When Aaron made 1st Dan at the age of 15, it was a first in the Detroit area.  At the age of 17, he won the Grand Championship for Michigan at Michigan State University.  He received his 4th Degree Master's Certificate in April of 1983.

In March 1968, Mr. Ormanian and his son, Aaron, located a building in Allen Park, Michigan and opened the Korean Karate Academy, which is now one of the oldest continuing karate clubs in Michigan.

In the year 1969, Mr. Jae Jun Kim, 8th Dan, Chung Il Kim and the future Mrs. Dale Drouillard, arrived in Michigan to form "The American Tang Soo Do Federation", under the direction of Grand Master Hwang Kee.  Mr. Ormanian trained with Mr. Kim and tested for his 2nd Dan in November of 1969.  His 3rd Dan came in October of 1973 and his 4th Dan, Master in September of 1976.  He has attended seminars taught by Grand Master Hwang Kee and his son, Hyung Chul.

Mr. Ormanian's students have entered and won many tournaments.  He now has students teaching in many states, from Alaska to Florida.  In April of 1983, he formed his own organization, therby being able to certify his own black belts.