Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation

Press release

from Grandmaster John St. James - Founder and President

Congratulations to Brenda Clark, Kyo Sa for her new at-risk program New Hope Karate at GIVE Center East.

Mrs Clark, a teacher at GIVE Center East's New Hope Academy, is starting a new martial arts leadership program for at-risk youth at her school. The program will start as a single two-hour class each week teaching students the basics of martial arts and leadership skills.

Mrs. Clark believes that teaching her students martial arts will help to focus their energy on positive goals and outcomes and give them a place to get away from the influences of negative peer pressure that brought them to her alternative school. She also hopes that the martial arts will help teach her at risk students to avoid self-destructive behaviors and to make responsible decisions.

Studies have shown that karate programs in public schools that teach character building values give young children the tools and support needed to positively influence the whole child, for the life of the child, and to help create safer, healthier, and more productive communities.

The Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Foundation is a Non-Profit (501C3) organization centered on serving the community and dedicated to sharing how the martial arts and Tang Soo Do in particular can change lives for the better no matter the background or status of an individual.

For more information about how you can help the APTSD Foundation, please contact the Federation headquarters at (770) 614-0006. You may also email

J. John St. James, President and CEO
Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation
APTSD Foundation, Non Profit (501C3)
Headquarters Phone Number: (770) 614-0006

[view all news]