Learning a martial art is something that Master Murtaugh had wanted to do since he was a youth, but like the saying goes "life gets in the way." It wasn't until he was 28 years old that he had the opportunity. At first it was the physical skills that attracted him, then he came to realize that there is much more to a martial art. The mental aspect is more important to him now, such as; discipline, working at being a better person, confidence, controlling stress.
After receiving his Black Belt from a large Pittsburgh-based karate chain Master Murtaugh opened a branch school in Beaver County as an owner/operator. That was in 1988 at the Center Stage Plaza in Center Twp. (Our current school's location!) Although he no longer owns the school he still practices and teaches classes here. He currently studies at Joe Goss Karate which is located in Johnstown, PA. In 2016 he was promoted to 7th Degree Black Belt by Master Goss. He still trains because martial arts have become an important part of his life and he still works at improving mentally and physically. There is ALWAYS something to learn and improve with your mind and body.