Tang Soo Do
What is Tang Soo Do?
Tang Soo Do is one of the oldest martial arts still taught today. It originated in Korea over 2000 years ago. It is still taught the way that it was taught in ancient times. Our goal is to not promote any kind of violence, but it is to promote a way of life. Tang Soo Do will change your way of thinking and acting. All areas of your life will be affected to make you a happier, healthier, and wiser person.
"Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment."
Around 2,000 years ago, Korea was split into 3 different kingdoms: The Silla Dynasty, founded in 57 BC in the southeast peninsula, the Koguryo, founded in 37 BC in northern Korea, and the Paekche founded in 18 BC located in the southwest peninsula. The Silla Dynasty was the one that united the 3 kingdoms in 668 AD after a long series of wars. Tang Soo Do was evident in those days by mural paintings that were found.
During this time, a young group of aristocrats came together to form the "Hwa Rang Dan". Almost all forms of martial arts can be traced back to this group of warriors. Our "Five Codes of Tang Soo Do" were kept by these warriors from the originator Won Kwang.
The art had many different names throughout the years, before it became Tang Soo Do. It became the more popular name in the modern era. A group of political leaders wanted the name to sound more Korean instead of Chinese with "Tang" originating from the T'ang Dynasty in China. A small group came up with the new name "Tae Kwon Do" sponsored by the government. Tae Kwon Do lost some of its traditions and focused more on being a sport. Tang Soo Do has always focused on Traditionalism, Brotherhood, and Professionalism. The depth of training is not just on physical development or to win in a competition, but as a way of life centered on the mental, physical, and the spiritual growth of each person.
Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin
Dec. 20, 1936- July 9, 2012
Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin was born in 1936. He learned martial arts under Grandmaster Hwang Kee starting at the age of 12. He went through the ranks and became a black belt and instructor. In 1958, he began teaching American soldiers through the Korean Air Force. He received a Master's degree in Political Science, after which he immigrated to the US in 1968. In the US, he established the US Tang Soo Do Federation. In 1982, as the federation was expanding throughout the US and abroad, he restructured his organization into what it is today as the "World Tang Soo Do Association". Grandmaster Shin has developed over 15,000 black belts and 300 members. WTSDA has over 160,000 members in 38 countries around the world. He dedicated his entire life to the martial arts. He took a great joy in teaching, especially children.
"When examining your own abilities as an an instructor, examine your young students' manners, attitudes, school reports and health conditions. Their improvements should mirror your own."
Grandmaster Robert E. Beaudoin
(Kwan Chang Nim)
Grandmaster 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.
His studies in Korea were the beginning of a life-long commitment to Tang Soo Do. During his tenure in the association, Grandmaster Beaudoin has been Secretary General for the World Tang Soo Do Association, active in the promotion of women, children, and family 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 has fostered the growth of the Creativity teams and competition.
Grandmaster Beaudoin's master’s thesis was on ‘Leadership.’ It was a popular topic of his profession as a training consultant, and Grandmaster Shin was an inspiration to him, as he led our Association toward organizational effectiveness. Some of Grandmaster Beaudoin’s role models, in addition to Grandmaster Jae C. Shin, include Abraham Lincoln, Mother Theresa, and his students.
Grandmaster Robert E. Beaudoin received his promotion to the rank of 8th Dan at the 2010 World Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina. This historical event marks the first time that Grandmaster Jae C. Shin promoted one of his students to the title of Kwan Chang Nim. After the passing of Grandmaster Jae C. Shin on July 9, 2012, Grandmaster Beaudoin assumed the role of Grandmaster and Interim President of the World Tang Soo Do Association.