Below is the official insignia of Keystone Martial Arts. This symbol was created
by Master Mark Jorgensen and is worn proudly on the back of each student's do bohk
(uniform). The Keystone Martial Arts logo is comprised of several different
symbols, each with a distinct meaning.
Literally, a keystone is the central or topmost stone in an arch. It is
this stone that holds the arch together, giving the structure its overall
strength and preventing inevitable collapse.
Metaphorically speaking, a keystone is the central supporting element of
a whole. It is that which helps to support and keep a larger whole
The idea of the keystone has several meanings for Keystone Martial Arts:
- Keystone Martial Arts is located in Pennsylvania, the "Keystone
State", so called from its having been the central State of the Union
at the formation of the U.S. Constitution.
- At the time of its inception, in 2002, Keystone Martial Arts was a part of Region 8, where the World Tang
Soo Do Association was founded. Region 8 is home to World Tang Soo Do
Headquarters and Grandmaster Jae C. Shin, and thus serves as a keystone
for the World Tang Soo Do Association.
- In 2010, due to massive growth, Region 8 was split, and Keystone Martial Arts became a
member of the new region: Region 22. Keystone Martial Arts has grown to become one of the
larger schools in Region 22, and as such, provides a keystone role in many of the Regional events.
It is our hope that one day Keystone Martial Arts will grow to
become a true keystone studio to the World Tang Soo Do Association.
- Master Mark Jorgensen was the first registered student at Vaughn's
Dojang. Together with several other founding students, Master Jorgensen
went on to become one of Master Vaughn's first black belts, helping to
form the keystone of Vaughn's Dojang.
- Since attaining the rank of 4th Dan master Instructor, Master Jorgensen has redesigned the central keystone
of the logo to incorporate the symbol of the master's belt. The masters of the WTSDA form its keystone. This rank is the
ultimate goal of all students, not because of implied physical skills, but because of the service to others it represents.
If you look closely at the logo above, you will notice that there are
actually five separate keystone shapes; two at the sides in the center,
and three in the center of the logo, represented by the three bands of the master's belt.
The presence of five separate keystones reflects the 5-way meaning of the keystone
to Keystone Martial Arts. One represents location, one represents
affiliation, one represents the past, one represents the present, and one represents the future.
The dragon and tiger together make up the symbol for Vaughn's Dojang,
which can be seen here.
The dragon and tiger are included together in the Keystone Martial Arts
logo as a tribute to Master Charles Vaughn and his efforts to expand Tang
Soo Do, as well as to serve as a reminder of our origins. The dragon
and tiger used in the Vaughn's Dojang logo are derived from the ancient
symbols of the Shaolin Temple, which were branded onto the forearms of
ancient Shaolin disciples.
The centermost keystone shape and the area enclosed inside it represent the past, while the outermost keystone shape and the area outside of it
represent the future. The red area between the two black keystones represents the present. Note that the Dragon twists throughout past, present, and future, in a neverending cycle,
while the tiger steps out of the past, stands with a portion of each paw in the present, and extends one paw toward the future, all in a line.
The dragon is a creature of the spirit; of the imagination. It is not
bound by the limits of the physical world. The dragon is pensive,
thoughtful, and introspective. Its actions are based on conscious
decision rather than blind instinct. The dragon represents the potential
for mental and spiritual growth in all students. The dragon in the
Keystone Martial Arts logo is twisted into the symbol for infinity,
illustrating that this potential is infinite.
The tiger is a creature of physical instinct. While bound to the limits of the
physical world, its actions are not limited by thought. They are instead immediate
and intuitive. The tiger represents the student's potential to react to situations
intuitively, making correct decisions without conscious thought. It also
illustrates the student's potential for physical development, creating a healthy
body in conjunction with a healthy mind. The tiger in the Keystone Martial Arts
logo has one paw extended, indicating that it is always ready to act.