Zhang Sah Martial Arts is continually being shaped by its commitment to carrying out its mission.  Today, Zhang Sah continues to evolve as a multi–department wellness organization offering an array of innovative martial arts study curricula, child and youth development, and educational programming.


  • In 1995 Gold Medal Karate is founded by Master Salvatore J Sandone at the Capitola recreation Center at 9th and Federal Streets; Philadelphia, PA.
  • Due to accelerated class growth by 1996, the school is relocated to 928 Christian Street; Philadelphia, PA
  • By 1997, kickboxing and cross martial arts training programs, involving Tae Kwon Do, Karate, and Aikido are offered as primary training curricula.
  • In 1998, Gold Medal Karate relocated its school for the second time, due to program expansion, to 530 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia, PA.
  • April 1998 – Gold Medal Karate offers a PA Department of Public Welfare licensed martial art after-school program.
  • June 1998 – Gold Medal Karate operates its first Summer Camp season.
  • October 1998– Gold Medal Karate incorporates as a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization.
  • By 2001, Gold Medal Karate designs and builds a second dojo at its 530 Bainbridge location.
  • In 2002, Kodokan Judo is introduced to and taught at Gold Medal Karate.
  • The trade name of “Zhang Sah” is adopted in 2003.
  • May 2003 – After-school program is awarded national accreditation from the National After-School Association (NAA) and becomes the first and currently the only NAA accredited martial arts program in the United States of America.
  • June 2003 – A second school opens at 3901 Conshohocken Ave, Philadelphia, PA.
  • The year 2005 represents the first class of fully matriculated students who earned black belts through the after school program.
  • In 2006, Master Sandone introduces the Budo curriculum.
  • 2007 Begin annual fitness evaluations of student performance
  • 2008 adopted Long Term Athletic Development framework and Introduced Project based Learning model
  • 2009 Begin Positive Youth Development evaluations with Temple University Sport Industry Research Center and joined the Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative
  • 2010 Begin Fitness and Youth Development Outcomes annual evaluation of students
  • 2012 became a member of Up2US
  • 2013 Started Middle School Out Of School Time Sports Plus Program (MOSTSPORTS+) for students in grades 5-8
  • COACH across America and introduced Sport Based Youth Development Strategy. Joined Positive Coaching Alliance. Closed Overbrook location and moved it Mt. Airy.
  • 2014 Joined Sports for Juvenile Justice and launched Jr. Sports Based Youth Development Coaching Summer Work Experience program for teens ages 13-18yrs
  • 2015 Zhang Sah Board of Directors ratify the expansion of organization’s tenets to include Benevolence and Stewardship. Open Bryn Mawr Program


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