Grandmaster Sy Cheatham
Grandmaster Sy Cheatham is a native of Richmond, Virginia and after
finishing high school, entered the United States Air Force. While in the
military and stationed in Guam, USA, he began his martial arts study in Do Shin
Kai karate under Sensei Carl Noble in 1968. After returning stateside in the
same year, he returned to McCoy AFB, Florida where his study continued in the
USA Goju Ryu System under Sensei William Liquori, a disciple of Sensei Peter
Urban. After discharge from the air force in 1970, he returned to his hometown
of Richmond and practiced under the guidance of Sensei Jerry Piddington, a
student of Mike Stone, in American style karate. In 1973, Grandmaster Cheatham
moved to the Northern Virginia area where he studied under Grandmaster James K.
Roberts, Sr. in Tae Kwon Do/Tang Soo Do. He attained the rank of 4th
Dan from Grandmaster Roberts after nine years of training. In 1986, Grandmaster
Cheatham located Grandmaster Myung Seok Seo, 8th Dan in Waldorf, Md.
Grandmaster Seo accepted him as a student in that year and his practice and
martial arts education continued for thirteen years until Grandmaster Seo
encouraged him to start his own Tang Soo Do family. Grandmaster Cheathamís
study under Grandmaster Seo resulted in the rank of 6th Dan. The
Korean Tang Soo Do Academy was founded in 1997 due to encouragement from
Grandmaster Seo. Also, during this time, Grandmaster Cheatham attained the rank
of 5th Dan in Tae Kwon Do from the Kim School, Tae Kwon Do from
Grandmaster Hun Soo Kim of Virginia Beach.
Grandmaster Cheatham is an active member of the World Korean Martial Arts
Union, the National Tang Soo Do Federation, and the United States Head of Family
Martial Arts Association-Intíl Supreme Elite Warriorís Council. He received his
7th, 8th, and 9th Dan certification from these
organizations. He is the Virginia representative receiving his appointment on
January 13, 2002.
Grandmaster Cheatham has received numerous citations from different
organizations citing his achievements in the arts as well as his dedication and
devotion to the education and spreading of the martial arts to the general
2011 will begin Grandmaster Cheathamís 44st year in the martial
arts and he has been inducted into several halls of fame including the Eastern
USA Intíl Martial Arts Association HOF, The United States Head of Family Martial
Arts Association, Legends Champions Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Intíl Jujitsu
Hall of Fame, World Organizer of Martial Arts and others. He is also a member
of the Intíl Grandmasters Society. On June 28, 2008, Grandmaster Cheatham was
appointed to the Tang Soo Do Board of Directors, Vice Chair, for Region 1.
Grandmaster Cheatham is a certified defensive tactics and general instructor
for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
In 2006, Grandmaster Cheatham was appointed Coach of the 2006 USA Intíl
Martial Arts Team (Team USA) for the Pan Caribbean Championships held in Port of
Spain, Trinidad, West Indies. The team traveled with thirty members and
returned with fifty gold medals.
Grandmaster Cheatham has produced
several Grand Champions and one Supreme Grand Champion during his years of
teaching and conducts seminar and clinics when requested for students who are
interested in learning the old hyungs of Tang Soo Do.
Grand Master Cheatham
is the author of the book "The Lost Forms of
Tang Soo Do". This book details the forms required for 1st Dan and 2nd Dan
under Grandmaster Seo's system.