GRAND MASTER GORINO, TAE KWON-DO MASTER
He first began studying Kung-Fu and later Karate, specifically Isshin Ryu. When the Isshin Ryu school closed Grand Master Gorino met Master Chung Soo Kim. Master Kim taught the World Tae Kwon-Do Federation style of Tae Kwon-Do and under those auspices Master Gorino achieved the rank of 1st Dan. He began competing regularly, enjoying many successes and Grand Championships. Master Kim moved to the Philippines forcing Grand Master Gorino to look for another Tae Kwon-Do school. This is when he met a student of Grand Master Park Jong Soo. who was operating his own school. Gorino watched a few of his classes and knew instantly that this was the school for him. This led to Gorino eventually training under the watchful eye of Master Park Jong Soo and the International Tae Kwon-Do Federation. Gorino later achieved the rank of 2nd Dan and continued to have much success on the tournament circuit.
Grand Master Gorino’s involvement in Tae Kwon-Do had grown to where he needed to be a full time practitioner and wanted to open a school of his own. Within the first year of opening his school, he tested for his 4th Dan test.
Upon earning the rank of 4th Dan (1994) Gorino was awarded the title of Master. Grand Master Gorino’s love of Tae Kwon-Do is still evident by the fact to this day, he teaches all of his students.
Grand Master Gorino went on to earn the ranks of 5th (2000) and 6th Dan (2006) under the USTW. Grand Master Gorino continued to train with Grand Master Jong Soo Park in Toronto. Grand Master Park was one of the original Pioneers of Tae Kwon-Do and the world’s leading authority on the original form of Tae Kwon-Do.
On November 18th 2021 Grand Master Park awarded Master Gorino the highest achievable rank in Tae-Kwon Do, his 9th degree black belt. With this Master Gorino became a Grand Master.
Grand Master Gorino is always concerned about each and every one of his students, making sure they are doing well in school and at home. He has been the proud owner of Master Gorino’s Tae Kwon-Do for 28 years and has been training in the martial arts for over 45 years. He has dedicated his life to Tae Kwon-Do and helping people become their very best through this great martial art.
Master Sharratt started her Tae Kwon-Do journey at the age of eight. She loved the discipline, her friends in the dojang, and extracurriculars like the Demo Team. She grew quickly, achieving the rank of 2nd degree black belt by age thirteen. Master Sharratt would take a few years off to focus on other sports, but came back to Tae Kwon-Do in her early twenties and earned her 3rd degree black belt. In 2016, Master Sharratt joined Master Gorino’s school and rediscovered the thrill and passion she remembered from practicing Tae Kwon-Do in her childhood.
She retested for her 3rd degree black belt under Grand Master Gorino in 2017 and earned her 4th degree black belt under the watchful eyes of both Grand Master Gorino and Grand Master Park in 2019. They granted her the rank of Master, signifying her expert knowledge of the techniques in the Master Gorino curriculum, her ability to teach students of all ranks, her exceptional confidence in herself and her abilities, her leadership in the school, and understanding of the physical and mental aspects of Tae Kwon-Do.
Master Sharratt has participated in more than ten tournaments a year for the last five years of her training at Master Gorino’s Tae Kwon-Do. She competes in patterns, weapons, and sparring. She has won multiple grand championships and earned the respect and recognition of the many Masters and Grand Masters that participate in the North American Tae Kwon-Do community.
In 2022, after teaching Tae Kwon-Do classes for over five years at the Master Gorino school and being named Lead Master Instructor, Master Sharratt opened our new Williamsville location. She is thrilled to be able to continue the tradition of Grand Master Park and Grand Master Gorino’s teachings. This is the next step for her as a Tae Kwon-Do Master, raising up a new generation of students with a passion for the art and teaching students of all ages to defend themselves, maintain healthy lifestyles, and stay disciplined and motivated in every life endeavor.
Grand Master Jong Soo Park
Grand Master Park was born in 1941 in Chung-Nam, Korea. He was one of the original pioneers of Tae Kwon-Do. He played a pivotal role in bringing Tae Kwon-Do out of Korea and introducing it to the world. He held a 9th Dan black belt in Tae Kwon-Do and was Grand Master Gorino’s final and most treasured influence. Grand Master Park was an instructor, mentor, and friend.
Grand Master Park began training at the age of 14 and through hard work and effort he progressed. Later he became the instructor of the Police Training Centre of Chun Bok in Korea and of the famed Tiger Division of the Korean Army.
In 1964, he became Korean National Champion, and in 1965 he made a trip on request of the Korean Government, as a member of the Goodwill Mission for Tae Kwon-Do, demonstrating this art before the highest civil and military authorities of the countries they visited. In that same year, he was invited to Germany as the coach of the German Tae Kwon-Do Association.
In 1966, he left Germany to go to Holland where he founded the Netherlands Tae Kwon-Do Association. In the beginning of 1968, he left for Canada and opened his own schools in the Greater Toronto Area. In November 1973, Master Park made another world trip to promote Tae Kwon-Do in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
On November 27th, 2020 our beloved Grand Master Park passed away, leaving behind an incredible legacy. His last words with Grand Master Gorino were about continuing his wishes; making ONE WORLD/ONE TAE KWON-DO and to keep his honor in the martial arts. Grand Master Park also spoke with Grand Master Gorino’s then 5 year old son, Charlie. This conversation was the epitome of what Grand Master stood for. During this talk Grand Master Park told Charlie that he was also the future of Tae Kwon-Do and gave him instructions on how to proceed. And then he told Charlie he loved him.