GRANDMASTERS

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Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin is one of the most recognized names in Tang Soo Do today.
Born in Korea in 1936, Grandmaster Shin was 12 years old when he began training in Tang Soo Do under Grandmaster Hwang Kee. By the time he was a Cho Dan, he was already an assistant instructor at the central gym. He was recruited to the Korean Air Force in 1958 and while there began teaching American soldiers.

He came to the U.S. in 1968 as a representative of the Korean Soo Bahk Do Association and formed the U.S. Tang Soo Do Association at Grandmaster Hwang Kee's request. That same year, Black Belt Magazine honored him by devoting a full chapter to him in the book, "20th Century Warriors," putting him in the company of the most legendary martial arts figures ever.

In 1982, he founded what is now the largest Tang Soo Do organization in the world, the World Tang Soo Do Association.
 

Jae C. Shin, Founder
World Tang Soo Do Association

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Robert Beaudoin, Grand Master
World Tang Soo Do Association

It’s interesting that several of our masters originally started their Tang Soo Do training in Korea. Master Robert E Beaudoin is no exception. Perhaps his dad’s tour in the Army made it inevitable.

A 7th Dan as of July, 1972, Master Beaudoin began his Tang Soo Do career in 1962 while stationed in the U.S. Air Force in Osan, Korea. “I thought Judo would be too easy, Hapkido too hard, but Tang Soo Do a challenge. I liked the discipline of Mr. Shin.” He earned his 1st Degree Black Belt on Mother's Day, May 12, 1963 at a test in Inchon Korea. His Dan number is 005661. “My first instructor was an American ex-GI Language Professor at Yale University who was a red belt conducting our Physical Education class requirement for all military personnel attending Yale Mandarin Chinese Language School in 1960-61. I learned a round kick and some forms, making a promise to myself to pursue this art when arriving in the Far East.”

His studies in Korea were the beginning of a life-long commitment to Tang Soo Do. “My first school was at Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, New Mexico, an SAC base. I began training on base for military personnel, including pilots, and eventually families (1963-64). I was discharged and left with five red belts taking over who spread throughout the country achieving ranks and schools. One of the original students ended up at a Master's Clinic in Tampa, Florida.” During his tenure in the association, Master Beaudoin has been Secretary General for the World Tang Soo Do Association, active in the promotion of women, children & families involvement; created the Karate Kids Olympics, a specially designed event for kids 3-12 focusing on breaking, forms, and sparring competition with an Olympic theme; and fostering the growth of the Creativity teams and competition.