Kwan Chang Nim Jae C. Shin - Ku Dan

Founder and President of the World Tang Soo Do Association

20.12.1936 - 09.07.2012

Grandmaster Jae C. Shin, the founder of the World Tang Soo Do Association, was one of the leading figures of the martial arts world.

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 with a strong desire to learn martial arts. Later, he joined Seoul Moo Duk Kwan central gym and began serious study under Grandmaster Hwang Kee, a founder of the Korean Moo Duk Kwan system.

By the time he was 1st Dan, he had already started his teaching career as an assistant instructor at the central gym. After that, he taught at Korean University, Seoul Central YMCA, various colleges, and many police and military institutions. 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 included self-defence, forms, breaking, weapons, health care, and meditation. He evolved these separate arts into one of the finest and most effective martial arts; The World Tang Soo Do system.

When he was recruited to the Korean Air Force in 1958, where he had his first experience teaching American soldiers. After receiving his Master's degree in Political Science at Korea University, he came to the United States in order to extend his instruction of foreign students in 1968.

The year he came to the United States of America, Black Belt Magazine honoured 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. Grandmaster Shin, one of the most respected and well known masters in this century, is one of the few masters who has devoted his entire life to the traditional martial arts. In addition to insisting on disciplined, rigorous training and exacting techniques, he has always preached that the true value of martial arts training is in the application to everyday life. Teaching children was one of his favourite pastimes and he became 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 student's manners, attitudes, school reports and health conditions. Their improvements should mirror your own."

He raised three Mottoes for his leadership of nearly 8,000 black belt members: TRADITIONALISM, PROFESSIONALISM AND BROTHERHOOD and he brought these qualities with him wherever he travelled and taught. Grandmaster Shin will always be respected as a true leader, teacher and master of masters.

On July 17th 2010, following a proclamation signed by over 100,000 members of the World Tang Soo Do Association, and after 28 years as head of our association, Grandmaster Shin finally accepted the honour of ninth Dan at a special ceremony held at the World Championships in Greensboro North Carolina.

In January of 2012 the Association moved its headquarters to Burlington, North Carolina, fulfilling one of Grandmaster’s dreams to have our own headquarters on land owned by the Association. He also moved to Burlington to take up residence in his apartment, part of the headquarters building.

Sadly on the morning of Monday 9th July 2012 Grandmaster Shin passed away peacefully in his sleep after fighting illness for the past two years. Rest in Peace Grandmaster Shin, for the rest of us it will always be “One more time”.

He will be greatly missed by us all.

At his funeral Grandmaster Shin’s son Robert said : "During the last 2 weeks of my father's life, he had almost completely lost his voice. But remember, that every time you ki hap, every time you repeat the codes of Tang Soo Do, every time you teach the techniques of Tang Soo Do, you are his voice."

Let us all make sure that this is fulfilled.