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

Grandmaster 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.
Founder / Grand Master
Walter J. Belsito Sr.
Biography
Master Belsito &
Grandmaster Belsito
September 1998
Master Raphael Velez & GM Belsito
December 17, 2006
Master Class
Founder
Moo Duk Kwan
Tang Soo Do

Hwang Kee
Grandmaster
Jae Chul Shin
World
Tang Soo Do
Association
Grandmaster
Robert Cheezic
Cheezic Tang Soo Do
Federation
Senior Master
Robert Beaudoin
WTSDA
Belsito Family 1970
Grandmaster 1972
Grand Master Jae Chul Shin, Grand Master Walter Belsito
and Grand Master Chun Sik Kim
Kun Tao Grand Master Ralph Bergamo
and
Grand Master Walter Belsito Sr.