Serving Gardena since 1981. Like never before in the history of the United States, we as individuals need
to be aware of our surroundings and be prepared to act under pressure.
GARDENA SOO BAHK DO
Thornburg Park Recreation Center
2320 W.149th Street
Gardena, California 90247
Gardena Soo Bahk Do
Sa Bom Tommy Reyes opened the doors to Gardena Soo Bahk Do in 1981. He wanted to establish a Martial Arts
School that offered students of any age an environment that helped one archive his or her own potential, eventually
leading them towards following the right path in life, by introducing them to the virtuous teachings of
Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan's flow of life's river into the Sea of knowledge. One should be able to show
humility (Kyum Son); Respect for one another; Respect and charity towards the elderly and needy; The value of
Brotherhood and equality. He believed that creating an atmosphere of learning through a disciplined practice
could attain this goal. The study of Tang Soo Do, under his instruction, gave the opportunity to overcome
personal obstacles, along with the confidence to surpass limitations and barriers. These goals set forth by
Sa Bom Thomas Reyes are in addition to the self awareness and proficiency one learns in self-defense. Every
student earned their rank regardless of gender, age or ability. The student learned "how to learn" thus
becoming a better individual - hence a true Martial Artist. Michael Reyes continued his father's tradition of
service to the community of Gardena Soo Bahk Do which is now carried on under the guidance of Sa Bom Larry Drehs.
Gardena Soo Bahk Do continues this tradition of service to the community under the guidance of Sa Bom Nim Larry Drehs.
Sa Bom Nim Larry Drehs
Sa Bom Nim Larry Drehs started his training in 1971 at the age of 19. Finding something more spiritual and challenging than just thoughtless, methodical exercise, he accompanied a friend to a Soo Bahk Do/Tang Soo Do studio in San Pedro and immediately became fascinated with the diverse techniques and mental training. Under the guidance of Bob Alegria, his instructor, Mr. Drehs tested for his 10th Gup July 29, 1971, and received his Cho Dan (1st Degree) on October 25, 1977, Dan Bon #20592.
Along his martial arts career, Master Drehs trained under Master Al Johnson, Master Tommy Reyes Sr., Master Michael Reyes and Master Fred Messersmith.
Master Drehs credits SBD/TSD with helping him succeed both personally and professionally. Though he has over 35 years of training, Master Drehs still allows himself room to grow and learn as a martial artist. He sees himself as forever a student and he received his O Dan (5th Degree) and Sa Bom on June 6, 2007. Drehs Sa Bom still teaches SBD at Thornburg Park in Gardena, California.
Michael Reyes with his Father Sa Bom Nim Tommy Reyes
Sa Bom Nim Michael Reyes was introduced to Tang Soo Do in 1978 by his father Thomas Reyes Sa Bom Nim. Michael Reyes joined the federation in 1980 and trained with Master Terry Updike in Torrance Tang Soo Do. Michael Reyes moved to Gardena Soo Bahk Do in 1981 to train under his father.
He was promoted to 1st Dan in 1983 in Lakewood, CA. He was promoted to 2nd Dan & Kyosa (certified instructor) in 1985 in Carlsbad, CA. He established State College Tang Soo Do in Pennsylvania in 1986 along with Dorian Burton who had trained under Sa Bom Nim Tommy Reyes at Gardena Soo Bahk Do. Mike was promoted to 3rd Dan in 1988 in HQ Springfield, NJ.
He started to take over instruction from his father at Gardena Soo Bahk Do in 1992. He was then promoted to 4th Dan & Sa Bom (Master Instructor) in 1993 in HQ Springfield, NJ. He is currently a student of Victor Martinov Sa Born Nim and has trained under Fred Messersmith Sa Bom and George Dolby Sa Bom. He was promoted to 5th Dan in 1999 in High Falls, NY. He's currently assisting Sa Born Nim Larry Drehs at Gardena Soo Bahk Do.