PROFESSOR DON M. TINGCANG
Tingcang Self-Defense Institute
Don Tingcang was
born on Dec. 25, 1949, in a small town
hospital in Ewa, Hawaii. He grew up traveling
with his parents throughout the United
States. During his father’s
last duty station, which was at Fort
Richardson, Alaska from 1965 to 1967, he
started his martial arts
training. In 1967 his father was transferred
to Hawaii, retiring from the U.S.
to Hawaii in July of 1967, he took
3 months training while searching
for another martial arts club. He soon
found John A. Pagdilao and returned to
training in October of 1967. He trained
with John until July of 1973.
the US Army in July of 1973. During his time in the military,
he traveled through out the United States and served two tours in Korea.
He trained with several Kenpo Karate
Clubs in the United States and trained
in Taekowndo in Korea while he was stationed
Upon his separation
from the US Army in October of 1980, he returned to Hawaii and took a two-month
layoff from training. In January of 1981 he return to John Pagdilao and continued
his martial arts training with him. He stayed with him until June of 1996.
In 1996 he started his own school, the Independent
International Kenpo Karate Association,
but changed the name in January 1998
to Tingcang Self-Defense Institute.
club was in Pearlridge Elementary School in for a couple of years
until he moved his training to his residence
in Waipahu, Hawaii. He trained their
until he moved to Florida in March of
2003. During that period of time he promoted
his nephew Landen Tingcang and Nathan
Kaai to Black Belt.
After their promotions, in March of 2002,
Don moved to Florida.
In August of 2002 he opened another
Martial Arts Club. He lived in Florida
until late 2004 when he returned to Hawaii.