Master Joe Goss, Sr. began training in both Judo and Karate at the age of 14. While in the Air Force, he trained in Los Angeles, California under the world famous Karate Master Hidetaka Nishiyama. He then went to Germany where he was the chief instructor of both Judo and Karate at Bitburg Air Base.
Upon his return to Johnstown in 1970, Master Goss taught martial art classes at the YMCA until he opened his own school.
A Ninth Degree Black Belt with over 50 years martial art experience, Master Goss studied Tang Soo Do and Hapkido under Grandmaster C.S. Kim for over 40 years. On May 20, 1995 Master Goss was awarded "Martial Artist of the Year" by the election committee of Korean Grandmasters. He is the first non-oriental to receive this most prestigious honor.
Grandmaster C.S. Kim and Master Goss are co-authors of "Authentic Tang Soo Do", published in 1998. Joe Goss Sr. and Joe Goss Jr. were featured in the Traditional Tang Soo Do magazine: fall 1996. Master Goss was vice president of the International Tang Soo Do Federation for more than 2 decades.