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Who Is Our Grandmaster?

Protrait of Grandmaster Shin, Drawn by Melissa Powell, student at Josefiks Korean Tang Soo Do in HuntingdonJae C. Shin is the founder of the World Tang Soo Do Association and one of the leading figures of martial arts in the world today.

He was born in Korea in 1936, and began his long and distinguished career in martial arts at the age of twelve. During his childhood, an unknown monk initially inspired in him a strong desire to learn martial arts. Later he joined Seoul Moo Duk Kwan central gym and began serious study under Master Hwang Kee, founder of the Korean Moo Duk Kwan system.

By the time he was first Dan, he had started his teaching career as an assistant instructor at the central gym. After that, he taught at Korea University, Seoul Central YMCA, various colleges, different police and military institutions and numerous other places. His many years of teaching experience and his extreme dedication have added to his scientific and unique methods of teaching Tang Soo Do. His six fields of expertise include self defense, forms, breaking, weapons, health care, and meditation. He has evolved these separate arts into one of the finest and most effective martial arts: THE WORLD TANG SOO DO ASSOCIATION.

Grandmaster ShinWhen he was recruited to the Korean Air Force in 1958, he had his first experience teaching American soldiers. In 1968, after receiving his Master's Degree in Political Science from Korea University, he came to the United States in order to extend his instruction of foreign students.

The year he came to the United States of America, Black Belt magazine honored him for all time 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!

He established the U.S. Tang Soo Do Federation in 1968 at his first school in Burlington, New Jersey. The organization expanded to all parts of America and foreign countries, but because of new international demands, he had to restructure the organization. He then created the all new "World Tang Soo Do Association with twelve member countries, and on November 13, 1982, the charter Convention proclaimed him Grandmaster.

Grandmaster ShinGrandmaster Shin, one of the most respected and well known masters in this century, is one of the few masters who who has devoted his entire life to the fighting arts. He is responsible for training and certifications of over 5000 Black Belts.

Besides insisting on disciplined, rigorous training and exacting tech­niques, he has always preached that the true value of martial training is in the application to everyday life. Teaching children is one of Grandmaster Shin's favorite pastimes and he has become an expert in child development. His advice to his Black Belt instructors is good advice for teachers of all kinds. "When examining your abilities as an instructor, examine your young students' manners, attitudes, school reports and health conditions. Their improvements should mirror your own."

The demands of the World Tang Soo Do Association require that Grandmaster Shin travel all over the world responding to the requests for his instruction.

Grandmaster Jae C. Shin, creator of the World Tang Soo Do Association, is a true leader, teacher, master of masters and humanitarian.

Grandmaster Shin Links

Black Belt Magazines significant Achievers Award
Complete Martial Arts.com
SPECIAL Millenium Message from the GrandMaster - WTDSA Website
Martial Scholar

Grandmaster Shin takes a moment with a new student at a tournament in State College. 
 Grandmaster Shin takes a moment with a new student at a tournament in State College. 

Grandmaster Shin is pictured with a future white-belt.
Grandmaster Shin is pictured with a future white-belt.

Grandmaster Shin was presented with his portrait at a Clinic held in November 2000, it was drawn by a student at Josefiks Korean Tang Soo Do
Grandmaster Shin was presented with a portrait drawn of him at a Clinic held in November 2000, it was drawn by a student at Josefiks Korean Tang Soo Do
(picture shown fully at the top of this page click on either image for a larger view)

 

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