History of the World Tang Soo Do Association

The World Tang Soo Do Association has its headquarters in Burlington, North Carolina, U.S.A. having moved from its original address in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. at the beginning of 2012, but it exists on every continent, in the many countries of the world. The WTSDA can be considered as large family of martial artists with one common goal, the study and practice of Tang Soo Do, a Traditional Korean Martial Art with its origins founded over 2000 years ago. See our History of Tang Soo Do for more.

The founder of our organisation was Grandmaster Jae C Shin who left Korea and came to America in 1968, he formed the United States Tang So Do Federation, which in 1982 became the World Tang Soo Do Association when at the Charter Convention Master Jae C. Shin was recognised as Grandmaster of the Association. In 2010 Grandmaster finally accepted the rank of 9th Dan at a ceremony held at the 2010 World Championships, thereby promoting Master Beaudoin to 8th Dan Grandmaster.

In January 2012 the Association moved its new headquarters to Burlington, North Carolina fulfilling one of Grandmaster Shin’s dreams of a purpose built headquarters for the World Tang Soo Do Association. Sadly Grandmaster Shin passed away on July 9th 2012, but his legend and his legacy will live on through all of us.

In Great Britain the Association is led by Master Mujahid Khan who is also the Regional Director for Region 11 (Europe). The Association has its British headquarters in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, but has instructors running clubs in London, Bristol, the Midlands, Nottinghamshire, Cleveland, Scotland, and Cambridgeshire itself, where the style has a very strong following.

Each individual club will be taught by an Association approved instructor with the minimum rank of Cho Dan (1st) and all students attend a regional testing to progress from one grade to the next. These occasions are held quarterly where the students are tested by the Masters of the Association.

Students in the Association will learn many aspects of the martial arts, and although Tang Soo Do is a predominantly kicking style, it is very rounded by the fact that included in its syllabus are kicking, blocking, punching, hyungs (patterns), self defence, fighting, weapons (at higher grade). A core part of our association is the etiquette which is taught in every class, the discipline, humility, integrity, respect, self control so often missing from today’s society. Uniforms (Do Bohks) complete with badges can be purchased from club instructors, and all students are expected to become members of the Association which is renewable annually.