Master Instructors

Chief Master Instructors

Master Scott R. Hile, 6th Degree

Master Hile began studying martial arts with MacDermott’s Tang Soo Do in 1993 under Evan Lampros, 4th Degree Moo Duk Kwan, Tang Soo Do. He began teaching when he earned his Black Belt in 1997 and became the instructor of the East Bridgewater YMCA school, for 9 years. After the East Bridgewater YMCA, he bacame the instructor of the Middleboro YMCA for 2 years. Finally, he became the instructor at the headquarter school and is still instructing there.

He earned his 2nd Degree in 1999, 3rd in 2002, 4th in 2006,  5th in 2011, and 6th Degree in 2017, all under the instruction of Master MacDermott and Master Martin.

Master Hile created a Demo Team, in 1999, that is responsible for performing all demonstrations within the local communities. From 2000-2002, he was a co-instructor of a Middle School (grades 5-8) after school program that was funded by a 3 year Federal grant.

Master Hile conducts weapons seminars, self-defense seminars, and teaching women’s self-defense, with Master MacDermott and Master Martin. He enjoys helping people of all ages, physical and mental limitations, and disabilities succeed in achieving their goals in life and martial arts.

Master Caitlin E. Moore, 4th Degree

Master Moore began studying Tang Soo Do, along with her brother Mr. Matthew Moore (3rd degree, Kyo Sah Nym) under Master Scott Hile in 2003. She earned her 1st degree black belt in 2007 and her 2nd degree black belt in 2009, under the instruction of Master Hile and Master Carl MacDermott. She earned her 3rd degree black belt in 2012 under the instruction of Master Hile and Master Sean Peters. In 2016, she earned her 4th degree black belt under Master Hile, becoming the highest ranking female member of our school.

Master Moore and Mr. Matthew Moore became the instructors of the East Bridgewater YMCA school in February 2010 after being assistant instructors there for 2 years. In September 2010, Master Moore and Mr. Moore began teaching at the headquarters school in Bridgewater, a position they still hold. Master Moore assists Master Hile with the administration of the school.

Master Moore joined the demo team under Master Hile in 2006. In 2011, she became the head of the team, running it for the next few years. She has been teaching women’s self defense seminars with Master Hile, Master MacDermott, and Master Martin since 2006.

Master Moore enjoys working with students of all ages, pushing them to be the best martial artist and person they can be.

 

Master Instructors

Master Carl H. MacDermott III, 7th Degree

Master MacDermott began studying Tang Soo Do in Bridgewater, MA, in 1973 under the instruction of Thomas Sylvester, 2nd Dan Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do. In 1980 Mr. MacDermott received his Black Belt and began teaching. He received his 2nd degree in 1986, his 3rd degree in 1991, his 4th degree in January of 1996 (under the instruction of Master Richard Byrne of the ATA), his 5th Degree in December 2005, 6th Degree in November 2010, and 7th Degree in 2017 (under the instruction of Master Victoria DeMarco, 8th degree Moo Duk Kwan, Tang Soo Do). Mr. MacDermott was voted Black Belt of the Year in 1991, and in 1992, was voted into the American Tang Soo Do Hall of Fame.

Mr. MacDermott is also an experienced teacher of the handicapped and has used Tang Soo Do as a method of improving flexibility and coordination. He has been teaching in Bridgewater for almost 30 years and has owned and operated MacDermott’s Tang Soo Do Association for over 25 years. Mr. MacDermott offers traditional Tang Soo Do classes, a high energy kickboxing class, and women’s self defense clinics to the towns of Bridgewater and West Bridgewater annually.

Mr. MacDermott joined the Bridgewater Police Department in 1984. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Stonehill College, and an Associate’s Degree from Massasoit Community College. Prior to 1984, he was a member of the Lakeville Police Department. In 1985 and again in 1991, Mr. MacDermott was cited as Patrolman of the Year. In 1990, he was also voted Patrolman of the Year for his department by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. In September of 1996, Mr. MacDermott was promoted to the rank of Detective on the Bridgewater Police Force and Sergeant on November 25, 2011.

Master Bill Martin, 7th Degree

Master Martin has been involved in the Martial Arts for 40 years and has been instructing since the early 1970’s. His career began as a 13 year old student of Mr. James Mattie in the Japanese Art of Shotokan. He advanced to become an instructor for him and remained with Mr. Mattie until the school eventually closed in the late 1970’s.

Master Martin wanted to continue training in the Martial Arts and began his Tang Soo Do studies in 1978 under Mr. Tom Sylvester and then continued his advanced studies under Grand Master Richard Byrne. Master Martin was a frequent and successful tournament competitor during the 1980″s and 1990’s, retiring from competition in 1996.

He and Master MacDermott have developed specialized programs and offer seminars in street smart self-defense, self-defense classes for women, and self-defense against guns, knives, and clubs. They also offer a “High Energy” class to increase endurance and sharpen fighting skills through combination punching and kicking drills.

Master Martin enjoys teaching children and adults and guiding them as their self-esteem, technical skills, and confidence grows. He is currently co-instructing at the Bridgewater Sports Complex with Master MacDermott.

Master Sean F. Peters, 5th Degree

Master Peters began in 1993 with Master Lampros at the Bridgewater Fitness Center. There he went up the ranks with just senior to him, Master Hile. Mr. Peters studied under Master Lampros for three years, then achieved his first degree in 1999, under the instruction of Master Hile, a first degree at the time, and Master Martin.

During his first year as a black belt he taught classes at the Bridgewater Fitness Center. He taught there for 8 years. During this time Mr. Peters taught MacDermott’s Tang Soo Do to the after school program at the elementary and junior high schools. Under the instruction of Master MacDermott he achieved his second degree in 2001, and his third degree in 2004. Most recently, Mr. Peters achieved his fourth degree in 2008 with the help of Master Hile and fifth degree in 2013. While undergoing learning and teaching he was a strong contributor to Master Hile’s Demo Team.

Through the years Mr. Peters has assisted Master MacDermott with the youth and adult women’s self defense classes, as well as other tasks that has helped MacDermott’s Tang Soo Do (renamed Precision Tang Soo Do) grow into what it has become today.

Master Chris Delmonte, 4th Degree

Master Delmonte began studying Tang Soo Do in 1991 at the Cedar Street School in Bridgewater, under the instruction of Master Carl H. MacDermott, III 6th degree Master, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do. In 1994, Master Delmonte received his black belt under the direction of Grandmaster Chun Sik Kim and Master Richard Byrne. Master Delmonte then received his 2nd degree in 1996, and his 3rd degree in 2000. In 2006, he was promoted to the rank of 4th degree Master,Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do.

Master Delmonte has participated in numerous demonstrations and tournaments promoting the requirements and rewards of Tang Soo Do.

Master Lori Hopgood, 4th Degree

Master Hopgood began studying martial arts with MacDermott’s Tang Soo Do in 1994 under William Martin, 6th Degree Moo Duk Kwan, Tang Soo Do. She began teaching when she earned her Black Belt in 1998 and became the one of the instructors of the Bridgewater Fitness Center school youth classes, in the same year.

She is currently the highest-ranking female member of MacDermott’s Tang Soo Do. She earned her 2nd Degree in 2000, 3rd in 2003, and her 4th in 2009, all under the instruction of Master MacDermott and Master Martin.

Master Hopgood aided in the successful creation of a Demo Team, in 1999, that is responsible for performing all demonstrations within the local communities. From 2000-2003, she was a co-instructor of the Bridgewater Middle School (grades 5-8) after school program that was funded by a 3 year Federal grant.

Master Hopgood assists Master MacDermott and Master Martin in teaching women’s self-defense. She enjoys helping people of all ages, physical and mental limitations, and disabilities succeed in achieving their goals in life and martial arts. She believes that everyone learns at an individual pace, and that patience and discipline are paramount in teaching martial arts.