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The instructors and students of A Mountain Wind Martial Arts, along with the World Tang Soo Do Association, respect our traditional Tang Soo Do heritage and maintain and value this heritage as a way of life. We strive to foster the values of respect, discipline, integrity, self-improvement and etiquette, to ultimately live a healthy, harmonious and productive life, physically and mentally.


A Mountain Wind Martial Arts is a family oriented studio. Parents and their children, brothers and sisters train together in classes with a wide range of ages and ranks. Students as young as 6 years old to senior citizens, and from beginners to advanced Black Belts, train together in both the Youth and Adult classes. Our classes are designed to build a strong spirit, positive attitude, respect for self and others, self-defense skills and enhance overall health



Whatever brings each of us to Tang Soo Do, we all set goals for our training - some want to earn a Black Belt; others set their sights on Master rank. Rank and belts, however, only symbolize these goals - they are not the goal itself. The real value of Tang Soo Do training is not the belt you earn, but the changes that occur within you, in your quest for them. These changes include the betterment of your mind, body and spirit and the development of individual character and respect for others. The true goal of Tang Soo Do training is developing the ability to use the lessons you learn in the studio to enrich every part of your life.


Honoring the traditional role of the martial artist in the community, the students and instructors at A Mountain Wind Martial Arts are active contributors outside the studio. They serve in World Tang Soo Do officer positions at the International, Association level and at the WTSDA Regional level, and they volunteer in many different capacities at local, regional and worldwide WTSDA events. A Mountain Wind Martial Arts members are also engaged community service in the State College area, volunteering at the local hospital, the animal rescue shelter and with the Boy Scouts. Working hand-in-hand with the North Club, the studio also offers self-defense classes to help meet the needs of the local community.



Our logo was designed by Master Scott Merrill, the studio’s founder, and honors the shared lineage between A Mountain Wind Martial Arts and Appalachia Tang Soo Do. In the center of the logo, the Um-Yang symbol reflects the complimentary nature of opposing forces and change, and the connection between all things. The red symbol over the Um-Yang is the Chinese character for Mountain, which refers both to Appalachia Tang Soo Do and A Mountain Wind Martial Arts.

The eight trigrams around the outside are the traditional Korean trigrams, symbolizing the elements of heaven and earth, fire and water, lake, mountain, wind and thunder.

The A Mountain Wind Martial Arts banner that appears on this website, and the original design for this website, were created by Ms. Samantha Gonski. In November of 2009, Ms. Gonski passed away at the age of 25, after a brave battle with brain cancer. To learn more about how to help fight this disease and the National Brain Tumor Society, go to http://www.braintumor.org/ 




The studio's history begins with Master Michael White, Appalachia Tang Soo Do, who brought Tang Soo Do to the central region of Pennsylvania, teaching in the Philipsburg area. In 1983, Master White brought Tang Soo Do to State College and began teaching a class at The Athletic Club, a local health and fitness facility.

After several years, Master White turned the class over to Master Michael Kaye, Penn State Martial Arts Group.

On January 1, 2005, Master Kaye turned over Penn State Martial Arts Group II, the studio located at The North Club, to Master Scott Merrill.  Master Merrill had been the Chief Instructor of the class since 1998 and had given many years of dedicated service to the Penn State Martial Arts Group and its students. Master Merrill named the new studio "A Mountain Wind Martial Arts” and all three studios, Appalachia Tang Soo Do, Penn State Martial Arts Group, and A Mountain Wind Martial Arts worked together to further the Art of Tang Soo Do and the World Tang Soo Do Association.

With the passing of Master Michael White in 2013, Master Merrill took over Appalachia Tang Soo Do and worked to continue Master White’s legacy of teaching traditional martial arts. Continuing the tradition of passing on the studio, Master Merrill turned over A Mountain Wind Martial Arts to his Chief Instructor at the studio, Dr. Susan Strohm, in 2014. Dr. Strohm has trained in Tang Soo Do for more than 20 years and currently holds the rank of Sah Dan (fourth degree Black Belt) Instructor.

A Mountain Wind Martial Arts was the World Tang Soo Do Association's Studio of the Month for July 2008.