About our Chief Instructor

Name: Master Carole Smith

Rank: 7th Dan
When Started: 1971
Other areas: Tae Kwon Do, Yoshukai

Master Carole Smith began her Martial Arts training in 1971. She was the first female ever allowed to join an all-male Martial Arts class in Montgomery, Alabama. She was also the first female black belt and Karate School owner in her city. Master Smith tested for her 1st Dan in 1976 with Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan, and later for her 1st Dan in Tae Kwon Do. A Japanese system called Yoshukai was the next style Master Smith trained in, and she learned to break a baseball bat with her shin and won the World Japanese Black Belt Breaking Championships with this style.

After 7 Regional Grand Championships with The World Tang Soo Do Association, Master Smith was the third female to test for Masters belt with the World Tang Soo Do Association. She is the founder of The Stranger Danger Child Abduction Prevention and Awareness Program, and "The Ask Mom First" Program. Master Smith is now a 7th Dan.

Master Smith and her husband Sam Smith are the owners of Smith's Tang Soo Do and the school motto is "The Family That Kicks Together Sticks Together!" 


Here is an article about Master Smith, then Master Coker, taken from the Montgomery Advertiser:

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