Master Robert Zang & The Zang Invitational Martial Arts Championship

By: Paula Green

 

Master Robert Zang and family

Master Robert Zang and family

TaeKwon-Do (TKD) is a Korean martial art which combines combat and self-defense techniques with sport and exercise.  According to Master Robert Zang, “TaeKwon-Do is new in terms of martial arts; it has only been around for about 60 years. It is the martial art that is most often displayed in the entertainment industry.”
Zang is an expert in this particular field – he owns the Zang TKD Martial Arts school which is located at 355 Northgate Drive in Warrendale.  He founded his school in July 2009, and it has a large array of students who range in age from the very young through older adulthood.
Zang began his taekwondo training when he was only four years old.  Thirty-four year later he is still going strong, and instills the passion that he has for the sport onto his students.  “We have a nice, laid-back place where the students are very open-minded and there are no egos or attitudes.  I emphasize to them that there is always room for improvement and always something new to learn,” said Zang.
On Saturday, Nov. 8, Zang will showcase his 4th Invitational Tae Kwon Do (TKD) Martial Arts Championship which will be held at Marshall Middle School gymnasium.  “We have folks participating in this event from all over, some from Canada, the east coast and a school from Hawaii,” added Zang.
The highlight of the tournament is a Pitt versus Penn State competition which will include present and alumni martial artists.  “I have students that attend both of these schools; it is a nice, fun rivalry.    Both teams will receive contributions that will go towards their charities.  The winning team will receive a larger portion,” noted Zang.
Penn State is competing for THON, an organization that raises funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer.  Pitt is competing for Veteran’s Leadership Program (VLP).  Their mission is to provide any homeless/jobless veterans and their families a jumpstart to a new life.
Master Zang resides in Pine Township along with his wife Maura and their four children – Chloe (9), Jackson (6), Trae (3) and Kai (1).
For more information about Zang TaeKwon-Do and the 4th Zang TKD Invitational Championship, call (724) 934-9264 or email via http://www.zangtkd.com.