The World Tang Soo Do Association

A True "World" Organization


Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin
(December 20, 1936 - July 9, 2012)

Robert E. Beaudoin

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March 2016 Masters Profile


Name: John V. Costa

Rank and date of rank: Sah Dan Master

Region and Studio Name & Location: Region 9, Costa's Tang Soo Do, 376 Nash Road, New Bedford, MA

Contact Information:


Personal Information

Where were you born?

I was born in Brava, Cape Verde Island.

Family members involved in Tang Soo Do:

Family members include my daughers Shayla and Sydney (E-Dan).

Description of profession or trade outside of Tang Soo Do:

Outside of Tang Soo Do, I am a Master Electrician and Senior Supervisor for National Grid Power Company.

Martial Arts Career

When, where and why you started Tang Soo Do?

I started my martial arts journey with Master Kwansap Lee of New Bedford MA. As a teenager I was a thin and small I wanted to learn how to defend myself.

Master Costa and his daughter, Sydney (left) and Master Costa assisting his student with pull ups (right).

What were your first impressions when you started and how have they changed?

My first impression of Tang Soo Do was WOW - the kicking and the jumping. As I get wiser in my years, some of the jumping kicks are not as high as they use to be but they are still fun to demonstrate and teach. Now my focus is all about passing the Art to the next generation.

Any other martial arts studied?

I have not studied any other martial arts - Tang Soo Do is my first LOVE.

Notable accomplishments in the martial arts field?

I feel my greatest accomplishment is to be able to change lives and make a difference. Now I’m starting to teach my student's children.

Tang Soo Do Career

What was your Master’s thesis on, why did you choose it, and what did you learn from it?

My Master's thesis was on Core Strengthens. I learned new ways to prevent injury and stay healthy.

What is your favorite part of Tang Soo Do?

My favorite parts of Tang Soo Do are hyungs and self-defense.

WTSDA committees or positions:  

I have been on the Region 9 Building committee.

Master Mujahid Khan visiting Master Costa and his students.

Who are some of your role models in and out of WTSDA?

I first met Master Charles Vaughn when he was living in Chicopee, MA. I would travel two hours each way to train with him. Master Vaughn always made me feel like a son and always made sure that I left with a full belly (not only in Tang Soo Do).

What is your favorite Hyung and why?

Naihanchi Forms are among my favorites because of the power and the hidden techniques that can be found throughout the hyung.

What are some of your favorite memories of your time in WTSDA?

My favorite memories all involve attending the World Championships especially the time spent with the family and friends after the Championship.

As WTSDA celebrates its 30th anniversary, what are your hopes/wishes for WTSDA in the next 30 years?

My wish to Tang Soo Do for the next 30 years is to keep on growing, maintain high quality of members and stay strong as an organization.

Grandmaster Beaudoin with Region 9 representatives at the 2014 Master's Clinic.

Advice/Words of Wisdom

Youth, teen and/or adult martial artist:

Have fun, stay focus and keep on dreaming!

Teaching tips or ways you make classes more exciting:

Always think outside of the box. Bring new ideas to class. Make your class fun and exciting so the students don’t want to leave at the end of each class.

Tang Soo!