Eastern shore tang soo do


We Are a Member School of the International Tang Soo Do Federation


We uphold the three Tang Soo Do Principles. Students and teachers alike are required to take responsibility for their learning and their actions. We strive to help one another in practice and in life.


Our community prides itself on being present for each other. We are supportive and sincere to one another and apply this Tang Soo Do principle in our interactions outside of the do jang as well.


When others are being treated unfairly, we stand for justice. We do not tolerate bullying or mistreatment. We train to be able to stand tall and to defend others who need our help and support.


Embodying Pyung Ahn – the Korean term meaning “well balanced, peaceful, safe, confident, and comfortable.”
Following in the footsteps of masters and helping each other along the way

Eastern Shore Tang Soo Do has been training under the direction of owner and Master Instructor Mark Pagano, as a member school of the International Tang Soo Do Federation™, since 2008. In this time, we have introduced many families of Maryland’s upper eastern shore to the art and discipline of Tang Soo Do. Sa Bom Nim Mark Pagano believes in the traditional martial arts values of respect, self-control and commitment. We are proud to have produced 14 strong, disciplined, black belts in this time. ESTSD is more than a martial arts school; it is a family-oriented community, training students of all ages to bring Pyung Ahn into their lives – the Korean term meaning “well balanced, peaceful, safe, confident, and comfortable.” We instruct “Tiny Tigers” to seniors – even entire families, together – emphasizing character development, fitness and life-skills. We encourage and recognize many Honor Roll Students in our ranks and host a junior leadership program. Our do jang is very active in the Chestertown Community – participating in local charity events, community service projects, town festivals and hosting martial arts demonstrations and tournaments. We are also proud to intermittently host women’s self-defense classes, and special clinics with invited alternative martial artists representing disciplines such as judo, karate, and tai chi.

  • Black Belts

    Approximately18% of our students have reached black belt. As part of their training they are required to assist in classroom instruction.


    Approximately 15% of our students are between 4 and 7 years old, gaining the skills to focus and apply themselves to consistent practice.

  • Community

    Approximately 15% of our time is spent on community efforts outside the do jang, whether it's community service or spreading the word about our practice.


    Approximately 65% of higher ranking students participate in some sort of leadership role, from assisting in the class to leadership training.

Sa Bom Nim Mark Pagano


Sa Bom Nim Mark Pagano has been teaching the art of Tang Soo Do for over 25 years. He is a 5th Dan (degree) black belt, a master certified by the International Tang Soo Do Federation, and a member of the ITF Technical Committee.

The International Tang Soo Do Federation™ is an organization founded on an authentic martial art. Each member school operates under strict guidelines with specific standards and goals set in place. All certified instructors are required to attend frequent evaluation tests to assure the instruction every student receives is of the highest possible standard.


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