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Master Sam Chaar is a PhD/ABD in Recreation and Park Management at Penn State University. He is an 8th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a Korean martial art; a 3rd degree black belt in the Japanese art of Kiokushin Karate; a 3rd degree black belt in the art of Aiki- Jujitsu; and a black belt in the art of Kung Fu. Chaar was a member of the 1988 Olympic Team in Seoul, Korea; competed in the 1990 U.S Nationals; the 1994 World Karate Champion Gold Medalist; 2003 US National Silver Medalist; inducted into the North American Federation of Martial Arts Hall of Fame in May 2006; attended World Hanmadang Championship in Seol, Korea in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
Master Chaar is still competing and among his achievements he won a Silver Medal at the 2007 US Open, where representatives from 59 countries competed. He also won the USA Championship two years in a row, in 2009 and 2010. In addition, Master Chaar has coached and instructed the Penn State Tae Kwon Do Club from 1993 until 2008 and has graduated many black belts. In addition, many of his Penn State students went on to medal at the state, national and world championships, such as Elizabeth Clark who won the Gold Medal at the 2007 US Open.
Master Chaar has taught elementary and high school students through Upward Bound programs and school districts. He has developed programs for children with discipline problems and held numerous martial arts seminars for men and women of all levels of experience. He also conducted international seminars outside the USA in France, Italy Germany, Middle East and Korea.
Master Chaar's instructors are certified and experienced black belts who trained under him personally. They have taught martial arts classes for all ages and levels.
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Dr. Doug Collins is a Chief Assistant Instructor at Chaar TKD. He is a 5th degree blackbelt and has been training with Master Chaar since 1993 and instructing since 1996. Dr. Collins is a former Assistant Master Instructor at the Penn State Tae Kwon Do Club until 2008.
Paul Mittan is an Assistant Instructor at Chaar TKD. He is a 2004 Graduate from Penn State University majoring in Electrical Engineering and has been active in martial arts since 1991. Paul is a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has been training with Master Chaar since 2002.
Paul was a Gold and Bronze medalist in the 2003 Pennsylvania State Championships and also a medalist in the 2004 Pennsylvania State Championships. He is currently the Head Instructor and Owner of Tioga Tae Kwon Do in Waverly, NY.