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Yough grad noted in fact book about Chuck Norris

Joe Napsha
| Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 6:55 p.m.
John Morgart Jr. of Sewickley Township executes a form during a martial arts tournament (2014).
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John Morgart Jr. of Sewickley Township executes a form during a martial arts tournament (2014).

A 21-year-old Sewickley Township man has been recognized as a notable practitioner of Tang Soo Do, a traditional Korean martial art form, in a book about actor Chuck Norris, a well known martial arts expert.

John Morgart Jr., who has achieved a third-degree black belt in Tang Soo Do, was categorized with Norris as one of the 20 notable practitioners of Tang Soo Do in “Chuck Norris 163 Success Facts – Everything You Need To Know About Chuck Norris.” Although the book was published in June 2014, Morgart just learned this spring that he was included in the book.

“When I found out my name was in the book, I was shocked and even stunned that my name was categorized with Chuck Norris, Aaron Norris, John Ratzenberger, Steve McQueen, Chloe Bruce, Cynthia Rothrock, John K. Pistella and 12 more notable practitioners of Tang Soo Do,” Morgart said.

Tang Soo Do is a martial arts form dating back more than 1,000 years, that relies on kicks, punching, elbows and knees for hitting an opponent.

Walter Hogan, the author of the book published by Emereo Publishing, which has been described as a repackager of online content. Hogan could not be reached for comment.

Morgart said he did not know for certain how he was selected for the book or how Hogan came to hear of him, but he has created a YouTube channel Karate55210 and teaches students and classes in Tang Soo Do at C.S. Kim Karate, a Pittsburgh area martial arts school.

Morgart is so interested in Tang Soo Do that he created a karate room in his house and made a martial arts jacket, which he often wears.

Morgart has been taking martial arts lessons for the past 10 years at C.S. Kim Karate Inc. under the direction of C.S. Kim, a grand master.

“It's really been great. It can be a lifetime pursuit,” Morgart said.

It was his father, John W., that inspired him to take up the martial arts, which not only teaches a form of self defense, but the discipline as well, Morgart said.

Morgart said his next goal is to earn a fourth-degree black belt in Tang Soo Do and take a test in two years to earn his master belt.

Morgart competed at the 41 National All Martial Arts Championship Tournament on May 16 in Monroeville, performing and executing a sixth-degree black belt form at the forms competition.

“I sent shock waves in the tournament and in martial arts, when I performed and executed a sixth-degree black belt form called Jion in the forms competition,” Morgart said.

Morgart also has won trophies from national tournaments and was a member of a three-man sparring team in 2012. His team placed third in the International Tang Soo Do Federation World Championship 2012, which was held in Chicago.

Morgart, a 2011 Yough High School graduate, is studying website development at the University of Phoenix, an online school.

In addition to martial arts, Morgart said he also has a passion for acting. He has acted in three plays during the past two years and performed at the Ligonier Theater and Greensburg Civic Theater. He has been able to do that without taking formal acting classes.

He also has done some acting videos on his YouTube channel Karate55210.

“I love to watch movies, especially martial art and action movies and it really inspired me to be an actor,” Morgart said.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jnapsha@tribweb.com or 724-836-5252.

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