Hayme Serrato's Martial Arts

Hayme Serrato, Certified Senior Master Instructor, 7th DAN Tang Soo Do

A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins  
 a Single Step ~ Lao Tzu


Hwang Kee (Grandmaster) November 9,1914–July 14, 2002:  began his martial arts studies in Manchuria, China in 1936 and founded the Moo Duk Kwan Style in Seoul, Korea on November 3, 1945. Despite enduring many hardships over the next 30 years, Hwang Kee struggled through wars and governmental/political issues to keep the Art of Soo Bahk Do (Tang Soo Do) - Moo Duk Kwan alive. Tang Soo Do, Moo Duk Kwan is the name of the art we study. Its direct translation is “Tang” referencing (Tang dynasty of China) establishing a time reference,  “Soo” is a reference to (open hand or worthiness), and “Do” is (art or way), Moo means (military, stop war / conflict), Duk (virtue), Kwan means (school or style).


Jae Joon Kim (Grandmaster) was born August 15,1929 in Seoul, Korea, the son of a world champion sumo wrestler. He died January 9, 2007 at the age of 77. He began training directly with Grandmaster Hwang Kee in 1945 and in1947, earned his 1st Degree Black Belt. In 1952, he assisted in the formation of the Korean Tang Soo Do (Soo Bahk Do) Association. He served as a top master instructor from 1955 to 1959, and in 1961 was appointed Vice-President of the Association.  At Grandmaster Hwang Kee's request, he brought Moo Duk Kwan to the United States and founded the Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do Association in Detroit, Michigan. In 1969, Grandmaster Jae Joon Kim was awarded 8th Dan and appointed president of the US Chapter by Grandmaster Hwang Kee. In the 1970’s, Grandmaster Kim founded his own organization, the World Traditional Tang Soo Do Federation, (formerly the World Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do Federation). He was inducted into the Tae Kwon Do Times Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Grandmasters Society Hall of Fame in 2006. The world’s martial art community considered Grandmaster Jae Joon Kim a Master’s Master.

American Kwan Tang Soo Do Federation

American Kwan Tang Soo Do traces its history back through the ages. The Martial Arts have been with us in one form or another starting with the caveman.

China is generally acknowledged as the birthplace of the formal Martial Arts. However, there are no written records dating back far enough to confirm the history. From China, the Martial Arts spread by various means to the rest of the world.

American Kwan Tang Soo Do, founded by Grand Master James Saffold, follows the principles learned from Honored Martial Artists, Hwang Kee and Jae Joon Kim, teaching the traditional style Tang Soo Do.

Grand Master James Saffold, tested and was promoted in March 2002, to 8th Dan by Grandmaster Jae Joon Kim. He started his training in the Martial Arts while in Vietnam in 1968. In 1969, he continued his study with Grandmaster Jae Joon Kim, in Detroit, Michigan, becoming Cho (1st) Dan in 1971, Dan # 14489.

Grand Master Saffold in addition to teaching the traditional forms (Hyung) of Korean Karate, has developed a series of forms Chu Mei Hyung designed to develop a higher state of balance and ability in black belt and master level members.

Grand Master Saffold was promoted to 9th Dan by the League of Grand Masters on March 13, 2010.

On Thursday, August 25, 2011, The World Moo Duk Kwan General Federation awarded the rank of 9th Degree Black Belt to Grand Master James Saffold, signed by YD Kim, Dan#2, and HS Choi, Dan #3. 

To find out more, visit the AKTSD website.


Strength - Courage - Discipline - Vision - Respect

Hayme Serrato's Martial Arts
384 S. Ortonville Rd.,
Ortonville, MI 48462
(248) 793-3312



Mr. Serrato has been active as a martial artist for 40 years. His early training included 1 1/2 years of Shaolin Kung Fu and 1 year of American Free-Style Karate before finally choosing Tang Soo Do under Master Instructor David Praim of Karate Institute. In 1998 he was awarded the rank of 5th DAN by Master Instructor Henry Fuentes. In 2007 Master Serrato received his 6th DAN under Grand Master Jim Saffold. In 2013  Master Serrato received his 7th Dan from Grand Master Saffold and the American Kwan Tang Soo Do Federation. Master Serrato received his 2nd Dan in Korean Hapkido under Grand Master Joe Sanders in 2008 and his 1st DAN in Combat Hapkido under John Pellegrini (taught by Dan Allen) in 2005. Mr. Serrato received his 1st DAN in the art of Kage Iaijutsu Ryu Sword under Grand Master Joe Sanders in May 2013.



Hayme Serrato's Martial Arts offers classes for men, women and children. Korean Tang Soo Do is taught, but it is not touted as the "one and only" martial arts style. Students are encouraged to participate in tournaments to view and appreciate other styles while valuing the versatility and beauty of their own. 

The walls of the dojang are lined with pictures of successful martial arts role models demonstrating a diversity of skills and styles.

All of the ideas of Tang Soo Do are emphasized: students improve their level of physical fitness along with their ability in sports competition, self-defense and students learn to appreciate Tang Soo Do's beauty as an art form.

Younger students learn that Tang Soo Do is not a toy or a game and is not to be 'played with' offensively against schoolmates. They are expected to demonstrate respect for their peers and instructors beyond the walls of the dojang. Students learn that even though they are trained in the martial art, they are still committed to peace and do NOT leave the dojang looking for combat. Students are taught that fighting is not a solution to disagreements. One must know when to fight and when to walk away, and not to allow pride or arrogance to permit needless hostility.

Students are encouraged to work hard and continually on their advancements. The staff at Hayme Serrato's Martial Arts feel strongly that there is no express lane to a true Black Belt. While an individual may be physically ready in a year's time, three years is actually considered a short time for a person to be mentally ready. This fact has been proven many times over.

Come in for a free tour! We offer a patient, supportive family atmosphere. All ages welcome!

1980 to 2000                         Michigan Karate Circuit top competitor in Weapons, Forms & Sparring
1982,83,84                       Karate Institute's competitor of the year
1993 Elected by the Michigan Karate Circuit Board of Directors as "Michigan's Most Outstanding Referee" for his honesty (integrity), sportsmanship 
1990 to 2000  North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) Top Ten Competitor in Senior Sparring National Karate Circuit and fairness (impartiality).
1982 to 1985 For 3 years, Mr. Serrato trained under Terry Shipman and Kerry Roop ... Full Contact & Kick Boxing, with a record of 3 wins - 1 loss.
1984 Awarded Class "A" Official Certification by Don Quine of the Professional Karate Association (PKA)
1989 Awarded Class "A" Official Certification by Don Willis of the Professional Karate Commission (PKC) 
1993 Awarded Class "A" Official Certification by the International Sport Karate Association (ISKA)
1983 to 1992   Produced "Martial Arts Today" for Comcast cable television. The show introduced the many styles of Martial Arts to the public, educated its audience about Martial Arts' true nature and dispelled any misconceptions about karate.
2004 MSKC - In recognition of being one of the top karate instructors & referees in the open Michigan Sport Karate Circuit
2004 Detroit International Class of 2004 Hall Of Fame -in recognition of hard work, dedication and support to the martial arts community 
2006 Huron Valley Karate 25th Anniversary - in recognition of 25 years of excellence in the martial arts
2007  United States Martial Artist Association Hall Of Fame -Golden Life Achievement for Tang Soo Do
2008  Yellow Tigers Karate Hall Of Fame 
2008  World Council Of Martial Arts Hall Of Fame
2012 Legends of the Martial Arts Hall Of Fame 
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