Lake House Martial Art School of Self-Defense & Personal Safety

The Lake House curriculum focuses on the meaningful traditions of the authentic martial arts. It includes technical skills, self-defense, forms, etiquette, courtesy and character development.

We are a comprehensive school of Korean (Tang Soo Do) Karate. We are the "Exception in Education, Experience & Excellence!" Aside from the required martial art skills, we place strong emphasis, and high expectations, on the character, moral and ethical development of each student insofar as it applies to their training.

Operating as usual

06/21/2021

It is already near the end of the month. Our Street Clothes Class is schedued for this Thursday, June 24TH

Our members are encouraged to invite family and friends. Anyone not assiciated with our school is WELCOME to come in and experience a karate class in their street clothes with the rest of our staff and students. Anyone can CALL or TEXT:
352-424-1423 or 352-424-1001 for more information

It is already near the end of the month. Our Street Clothes Class is schedued for this Thursday, June 24TH

Our members are encouraged to invite family and friends. Anyone not assiciated with our school is WELCOME to come in and experience a karate class in their street clothes with the rest of our staff and students. Anyone can CALL or TEXT:
352-424-1423 or 352-424-1001 for more information

Photos from Lake House Martial Art School of Self-Defense & Personal Safety's post 06/18/2021

Senior Master Stephen Coss demonstrates for the class an unarmed self-defense skill with Lukas Roe, who was recently promoted to Green Belt.

We make an effort in every class, for children and adults, to learn, and practice significant self-defense skills. From the earliest days of karate, the first and foremost purpose of the martial arts was to prepare individuals to have the capacity to defend themselves, their families and communities, from bandits and other hostile or aggressive people.

Photos from Lake House Martial Art School of Self-Defense & Personal Safety's post 06/18/2021

Recently promoted to 2ND Degree Black Belt, Noah Felts practices with, and assists our Master Instructors, Joe Souza and Stephen Coss in separate class lessons on different occasions.

Photos from Lake House Martial Art School of Self-Defense & Personal Safety's post 06/18/2021

In these 4 pictures, three of our instructors, Master Joe Souza, Master Stephen Coss and Black Belt Candidate Joyce Owens, help the children in our school learn and practice the basics of self-defense and personal safety. These capabilities start with blocking, kicking and proper punching.

Several of the children in our school have been with us since they were 8 yrs. old, and have grown into their pre-teen ages improving their understanding and appreciation of how karate helps them acquire more physical strength, better greater mental discipline, and greater emotional confidence.

Photos from Lake House Martial Art School of Self-Defense & Personal Safety's post 06/18/2021

Our two Black Belt Candidates, Matthew DeBona and Joyce Ownes, each began their instructional internships at Tuesday and Thursday's classes this past week. Both of these advanced students have previous experiences and black belt ranks in similar karate systems. However, we require that all of our potential Back Belts be ready, willing and able, to teach and demonstrate the unique aspects of traditional Tang Soo Do.They will be required to make and present lessons plans, have them reviewed, and then be assessed after conducting their classes.

Photos from Lake House Martial Art School of Self-Defense & Personal Safety's post 06/15/2021

Representatives for our Master Instructors stand with the three new 2ND Degree Tang Soo Do Black Belts. We are proud to publicly announce them. They are identified here in separate pictures as: Emily Coss, Matthew Rivera, and Noah Felts, each holding their Certificates of Rank.

These young people have been, and continue to be, exceptional examples of the very best we expect from our students pursuing higher skills and more in depth understanding of the martial arts. Each has been dedicated and disciplined in demonstrating a willingness to learn and share what they know with others.

Photos from Lake House Martial Art School of Self-Defense & Personal Safety's post 06/15/2021

Joyce Owens and Matthew DeBona are seen here recently receiving their Blue Belt Certificates making them Candidates for the Black Belt Rank in Tang Soo Do.

Although most of our staff and students have been vaccinated against the CORONA virus, some have either refrained for medical or personal reasons. We will continue to require unvaccinated staff, students and visitors, who have not been vaccinated, to wear masks for everyone else's health and safety.

Photos from Lake House Martial Art School of Self-Defense & Personal Safety's post 06/15/2021

Our staff and students make great efforts to practice Tang Soo Do in careful ways, so that the safety of each individual is assured and protected by their constant concern and technical discipline.

Photos from Lake House Martial Art School of Self-Defense & Personal Safety's post 06/14/2021

Mr. Lawren Greene, who was promoted to an advanced level, is seen in these pictures receiving his Brown Belt immediately after his test. Weeks later, he was presented with his new Certificate of Rank after the normal period of probation following every test.

Photos from Lake House Martial Art School of Self-Defense & Personal Safety's post 06/14/2021

Miss Kayla Mys, who was promoted to an advanced level, is seen in these pictures receiving her Brown Belt immediately after her test. Weeks later, she was presented with her new Certificate of Rank after the normal period of probation following every test.

Photos from Lake House Martial Art School of Self-Defense & Personal Safety's post 06/14/2021

Recent pictures of our Staff & Students participating in the ordinary classes we conduct at our school. We know that our curriculum is comprehensive, and we make every effort to emphasize many different aspects of karate from the basics to advanced techniques.

Photos from Lake House Martial Art School of Self-Defense & Personal Safety's post 06/14/2021

Recent pictures from our last Street Clothes Class where we teach and review Self-Defense for our members and any visitors who attend. We hold these classes, open to the public, on the last Thursday of every month. The next class will be on June 24, starting at 6:30PM

Anyone interested can CALL/TEXT:
352-424-1001 [OR] 352-424-1423

Photos from Lake House Martial Art School of Self-Defense & Personal Safety's post 06/03/2021

Our STREET CLOTHES, end of the month, classes are intended to help our members, and any visitors they invite, to experience more "real life" applications of karate skills and techniques without having the psychological advantage of wearing their Tang Soo Do traditional karate martial art uniforms.

In the first picture 2ND Degree Sarah Capes gets the classes started with Senior Master Joe Souza supervising in the evening program in the background.

Photos from Lake House Martial Art School of Self-Defense & Personal Safety's post 06/03/2021

These pictures, [not in sequential order] show two, of our more advanced junior students, learning and practicing Self-Defense under the supervision of Master Instructor Stephen Coss. He is assisted by 2ND Degeee Black belt Noah Felts, standing by in the background.

Photos from Lake House Martial Art School of Self-Defense & Personal Safety's post 06/03/2021

OUR INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF & THE TANG SOO JUNIORS

Senior Master Instructor Joe Souza holds a pine board for one of our junior students to break during a recent test. In another picture, 2ND Degree Assistant Black Belt, Matthew Rivera shows a young student how to practice punching. In the other two photo's, Master Instructor Stephen Coss, with the help of 2ND Degree Black Belt Noah Felts, demonstrates and teaches one way to defend against an aggressive "hands on" attack that children can easily learn.

Photos from Lake House Martial Art School of Self-Defense & Personal Safety's post 06/03/2021

Senior Master Instructor Sharon LeCroy demonstrates blocking techniques in a recent class. Also, in these four pictures, are Master Instructor Stephen Coss and Black Belt Assistant Instructor, Jessica Sjolander.

We constantly practice and review the fundamentals and essential basic techniques of karate so that all of our students, get ample opportunities to build and retain sufficient "Muscle Memory" so to be able to act and respond quickly against a physical attack.

Photos from Lake House Martial Art School of Self-Defense & Personal Safety's post 05/25/2021

A reminder that we will be conducting another "Street Clothes" practice this week, on THURSDAY, May 27, the last Thursday of the month. We encourage our members to invite and bring a friend to experience karate in this way. Anyone with questions can TEXT 352-424-1423 [OR] 352-4241001

In these pictures one of our recently promoted Black Belts, Matthew Rivera, helps to demonstrate a Self-Defense skill with one of the Master Instructors. Sarah Capes, a 2ND Dan Instructor, stands by with a visitor in the last class.

Photos from Lake House Martial Art School of Self-Defense & Personal Safety's post 05/19/2021

It is with a mixture of feelings that our staff received the news that, Tyler Porter, one of our 2ND Degree Black Belts, notified us that he would be taking some extended time off to attend to his work and education. We were saddened to hear this, but extremely proud of him for many reasons.

In these file photo's, only four of many more, we see the evidence of his commitment to practicing Tang Soo Do, his unselfish efforts to help others and to be an excellent example of what it means to us of being a disciplined Black Belt.

We have little doubt that many Martial Art Instructors experience the emotional pain and disappointment when, as so often happens, individuals quit a school with no notice or explanation. However, the proof of Tyler's character and integrity was evident when he came in personally to explain his plans, and express his gratitude for all that he's learned at our school. He additional said, that in his absence, he would continue to support our school by occasional visits and the maintenance of his membership.

05/13/2021

In spite of having to still wear masks, our members continue to make every effort to learn and understand, not only the physical aspects of karate, but, perhaps more importantly, the abstract things that have made the martial arts a lasting positive influence on human behavior for over a thousand years.

In spite of having to still wear masks, our members continue to make every effort to learn and understand, not only the physical aspects of karate, but, perhaps more importantly, the abstract things that have made the martial arts a lasting positive influence on human behavior for over a thousand years.

05/13/2021

We know that if the only tool one has is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

We attempt to teach our students that they have many "tools" already within themselves, and a good practice of karate helps them develop and appreciate the best tools to use whenever they might be needed.

We know that if the only tool one has is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

We attempt to teach our students that they have many "tools" already within themselves, and a good practice of karate helps them develop and appreciate the best tools to use whenever they might be needed.

Photos from Lake House Martial Art School of Self-Defense & Personal Safety's post 05/13/2021

Our school has never emphasized sport or commercial competition. Instead, we have always focused our attention in teaching how the practice of karate can build character, discipline, confidence and the ability to defend one's self, either verbally or physically.

05/13/2021

Our classes continue rain or shine with the exception of weather that might be severe, or specific hurricane warnings. We encourage all of our members to not only keep up their original purposes and reasons for starting karate practice, but to invite a friend to come in and see what we do and how we do it.

Our classes continue rain or shine with the exception of weather that might be severe, or specific hurricane warnings. We encourage all of our members to not only keep up their original purposes and reasons for starting karate practice, but to invite a friend to come in and see what we do and how we do it.

05/11/2021

NOTE: This essay was the 1ST we received after our evaluations of recent Candidates for 2ND Degree Black Belt:

"On Tuesday, April 20th I took my 2nd dan black belt test. It was not at all what I had expected. I had expected to have to do all my forms and the one-steps and other things that I had reviewed so many times so I would not forget. I was completely shocked when we did a few line drills followed by questions upon questions.

"The questions were not basic ones. They involved many layers of thinking. In order to fully answer the question, I had to really dig deep and try to figure out what the best answer should be. There came a point where we had to ask the Master Instructors a question of our own, and I’ll admit, I couldn’t think of a question to ask them. My friend, Noah, pulled thought for the win. He came up with a really good question, he asked, “What keeps you motivated?”. It was an excellent question and we got many different answers.

"The one question that I remember the most was the very last one. It was “Why do we leave our shoes in an orderly fashion at the door?”. The reason that we keep our shoes neat at the entrance is because doing it shows respect. Being able to do simple, responsible things shows that you are respectful. Doing the simple things like making your shoes look neat or even having a clean uniform is showing that you have respect for the art that you are doing and the people you are doing it with."

-Emily Coss

NOTE: This essay was the 1ST we received after our evaluations of recent Candidates for 2ND Degree Black Belt:

"On Tuesday, April 20th I took my 2nd dan black belt test. It was not at all what I had expected. I had expected to have to do all my forms and the one-steps and other things that I had reviewed so many times so I would not forget. I was completely shocked when we did a few line drills followed by questions upon questions.

"The questions were not basic ones. They involved many layers of thinking. In order to fully answer the question, I had to really dig deep and try to figure out what the best answer should be. There came a point where we had to ask the Master Instructors a question of our own, and I’ll admit, I couldn’t think of a question to ask them. My friend, Noah, pulled thought for the win. He came up with a really good question, he asked, “What keeps you motivated?”. It was an excellent question and we got many different answers.

"The one question that I remember the most was the very last one. It was “Why do we leave our shoes in an orderly fashion at the door?”. The reason that we keep our shoes neat at the entrance is because doing it shows respect. Being able to do simple, responsible things shows that you are respectful. Doing the simple things like making your shoes look neat or even having a clean uniform is showing that you have respect for the art that you are doing and the people you are doing it with."

-Emily Coss

05/11/2021

Almost all karate instructors and martial art schools hear excuses like this from people who lose interest in learning something that was initially meaningful and important to them. The causes might be many, but typically it is a lack of motivation.

Not much can be done for people who give up before they acquire the lasting effects that participation in actives leading to better health and fitness provides. Those who stay discover powerful things about themselves.

Almost all karate instructors and martial art schools hear excuses like this from people who lose interest in learning something that was initially meaningful and important to them. The causes might be many, but typically it is a lack of motivation.

Not much can be done for people who give up before they acquire the lasting effects that participation in actives leading to better health and fitness provides. Those who stay discover powerful things about themselves.

Videos (show all)

As promised, here is a video selection, from our Friday  evening Black Belt Test on November 15, 2019.  In it we see a s...
Advanced Students Practicing Standing Front Jump Kicking
Recent pictures of our adolescent & adult students.
Recent pictures of the Lake House Karate Kids.  Slowly, but surely, learning more, trying harder, getting stronger, beco...
Valeska Round Kicks a Pine Board
With school starting soon, we wanted to share some previous file pictures of our junior students to the tune of "Good Me...
Scenes from our recent classes...
More recent pictures of our junior, adolescent & adult members...
Recent pictures of our outstanding TANG SOO students...
Pasco High School graduate, and PHCC college student, Sarah Beeler, demonstrates one of her "Forms" [Hyungs] for the sen...
Talented Zephyrhills High School Junior, J.T. Cash, seen here [in split seconds] doing a running jump side-kick, over 4 ...
One of our Demo Teams presented a choreographed fight to show the self-defense capabilities of Tang Soo Do at a previous...

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