4th Dan- Head Instructor
Master Zvirman began his martial arts training in 2001 at the age of 50. Initially looking to begin an exercise regimen to get into better shape, he decided to join Master Lou’s Karate where his son had been training for several years.
Over the next 11 years, Master Z. trained in Tang Soo Do and achieved his 3rd Dan. After the karate school closed and having been out of karate for a year, he joined White Viper Martial Arts Training Center in Imperial, PA.
As a member of the Team Viper Sport Karate Competition Team, Master Zvirman has competed in various NBL (National Blackbelt League) regional, national and World tournaments with a focus on point sparring, traditional forms, and self-defense.
Master Z. received his 4th Dan in 2017.
The confidence, determination and self-respect that he learned in his martial arts training has played an important role in both his professional and personal life. It has helped him appreciate that with desire, passion and commitment, almost anything can be achieved.
3rd Dan- Head Instructor
Mr. McDonald has been training in various forms of martial arts since 1973. He received his first Black Belt in 1977 in the Japanese style of Shotokan and continued training until joining the U.S. Army in 1979.
Once enlisted, Mr. McDonald dedicated his time to the study of Military Hand-to-Hand fighting techniques. He remained in the army until his retirement in 1994, serving almost his entire career in the 1st Special Operations Command as a Special Forces Operator in 10th Special Forces Groups. As a Green Beret, Mr. McDonald was one of the first members of an A-team to attend the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Instructor Course where he trained in advance hand-to hand combative skills under Ranger Hall of Fame inductee, Gary O’Neal. Mr. McDonald has served in many positions in the U.S. Army Special Forces in many places around the world including 3 years as a Military Free Fall (HALO) instructor and is a veteran of over 9000 skydives.
Upon moving to Pittsburgh in 2013, Mr. McDonald, alongside his wife and two sons, restarted his martial arts training, studying Tang Soo Do at White Viper Martial Arts. Having former training in Shotokan was an advantage and allowed Mr. McDonald to advance to his 1st Dan Black Belt on an accelerated pace. He received his 2nd Dan Black Belt in November of 2015 and his 3rd Dan Black Belt in December of 2018.
Mr. McDonald has competed in various tournaments throughout the country. In 2017, Mr. McDonald earned the title of 45 and over World Champion for Hard Traditional Forms at the NBL World Championships,
He has a deep desire to pass along the art of Tang Soo Do and help people learn the techniques of self-defense.
4th Dan - Instructor
Master Gibellino has been interested in martial arts since as far back as he can remember. As a result of excessive bullying at the age of 9, he began studying Tang Soo Do under Master Eric Fawcett. At the age of 13, he earned his black belt and two years later, in 1997, he was awarded his 2nd Dan.
After taking a short hiatus to focus on work, Master Gibellino returned to martial arts in 2002, this time at Master Lou's Karate, where he trained and taught. In 2006, Master G. earned his 3rd Dan followed by his Master Belt in 2010.
Upon the school's closing, Master Gibellino was offered an Instructor position at Pro Martial Arts (PMA) Cranberry. In addition to teaching TSD, he presented PMA's anti-bullying program to hundreds of students in the Greater Cranberry area. Having been a victim of bullying, he found it very rewarding to share his experience with so many children. While at PMA, Master Gibellino also developed and successfully implemented their Cardio Kickboxing and Women's Self Defense courses.
As one of Master Zvirman's previous instructors, Master Gibellino was thrilled to be offered the opportuity to join the Black Hawk Team where he is able to continue his martial arts journey.
Master Gibellino's passion is Traditional Tang Soo Do, to include forms, weapons, one-step and self defense. Besides the physical aspects of training, Master G. also promotes the mental benefits and individual developments that martial arts can provide. His goal is for his students to become the best they can be inside and out of the dojang.
If not for the discipline and hunger he developed from training, he would not have had the perseverance to continue returning to martial arts for nearly 28 years.
5th Dan- Technical Advisor
Master Peter Chase is a 5th Dan Black Belt in Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan and a Black Belt in Korean Haidong Gumdo. He trains under 8th Dan Grandmaster Bruce Chapman of the American Moo Duk Kwan Federation which was founded, and remains under, Grandmaster Charles Graham. Grandmaster Graham trained under Grandmaster Forrest Blair and Grandmaster Eugene Percival, two of the pioneers who had a part in establishing “American” Tae Kwon Do / Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan lineages here in the United States. Master Chase also trained in original “Korean” lineages of Tang Soo Do – lineages that trace back to Grandmaster C.S. Kim and Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin, two of the Korean pioneers who had a part in establishing the art here in America.
Master Chase is the senior instructor at his family-run school, White Viper Martial Arts Training Center. He is also the Head Coach of the Team Viper Sport Karate competition team, which under his coaching, has amassed 36 Professional Black Belt World Titles, 5 Overall World Grand Titles, nearly 100 Black Belt World Championships, and dozens of Color Belt World Championships and tournament Grand Championships. Master Chase also coaches Team Viper MMA which currently has two amateur female MMA title holders.