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

Robert E. Beaudoin

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January 2013 Masters Profile



Name: Rodrigo Gaston Frattini

Rank and date of rank: Sah Dan, promoted 2007

Region and Studio Name & Location: Region #12, Frattini Karate, Buenos Aires, Argentina  

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Personal Information

Where were you born?

I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on May 9, 1979.

Family members involved in Tang Soo Do:

The members of my family involved in Tang Soo Do include my father, Master Hugo, 5th Dan; my mother Patricia Vasquez, she never train but she is always with us; my sister Vanesa, 4th Dan; my wife Cecilia Jodara, 3th Gup; my sister’s husband, Juan Ignacio Occhiuzzi 2nd Dan; my niece and godchild Morena Occhiuzzi, Karate Kid and my daughter Julieta; she is just a baby, but she will start practicing very soon.

Description of profession or trade outside of Tang Soo Do:

I have a degree in Business Administration and have worked as a public accountant in a bank since 1999.


Master Frattini with his sister, Vanesa and father Hugo.

Martial Arts Career

When, where and why you started Tang Soo Do?

I started practicing Tang Soo Do at the age of 5 with my father. In the beginning, I just wanted to imitate my father, but as I grew up I committed myself to the way of Martial Arts. My sister started also at the same time but she was only 4 years old.  It was a very positive experience to grow up a part of the WTSDA family.

Difference between when you first started training and today?

I really can’t tell the difference between the time that I started training and now; because my life has always been with Tang Soo Do. I believed it was the best decision that my parents took encouraging me to continue in this path. Maybe my life would have being different without Tang Soo Do, but I will never change my life that I have with Tang Soo Do.

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

I was very young but as the years passed, my interest in Tang Soo Do expanded; First I took Tang Soo Do as a game, later I liked participating in tournaments, then teaching and coordinating different activities; in sum, I grew and mature with the WTSDA. I started teaching Tang Soo Do when I was 17 years old; now I am 33 years old and I can say without doubt that it is an incredible experience and I will not change for anything else. I might be tired from my daily routine, but never tire for teaching or organizing Tang Soo Do events.

Master Frattini and his students.

Tang Soo Do Career

What is your favorite part of Tang Soo Do?

My favorite part of Tang Soo Do is the Hyung; its theory and its philosophy. I am very meticulous when it comes to performing a hyung and understanding it. I use the same approach with my students; I encourage them to always understand why a hyung is the way it is, and try to discover every little detail that involved the hyung.

WTSDA committees or positions:

Years ago, I was in charge of organizing the Latin America Master’s clinics. Currently I am the Judging coordinator for the Latin America regions.

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

Grandmaster Shin was my role model; I also admire and have learned much from Grandmaster Beaudoin, Master Strong, Master Dercole, and Master Godwin. They are truly leaders who have accomplished great things. Although our country (Argentina) things are different, adapting Tang Soo Do to our necessities was a smart approach of the WTSDA.


Master Frattini, his mother Patricia Vasquez and his father Master Hugo Frattini at the WTSDA World Championship.

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

I have had great moments thanks to Tang Soo Do. I have travelled with my family to several WTSDA Championships; I have had the privilege of participating in several USA Master’s clinics with my father and several Latin America Master’s clinics with both my father and my sister. I have enjoyed participating in clinics and seminars with fellow Tang Soo Do practitioners, and spending time going out and parting with friends. The most important, was that I shared these awesome moments at the WTSDA with my Family and; I grew up with the WTSDA. I met many people, many masters; many friends. In conclusion, I have lived the best moments of my life with Tang Soo Do.

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

I would like to see the WTSDA become a much bigger and important organization in the next 30 years. I would like to continue teaching as I have been doing until now. Our Grandmaster Shin made something incredible with the WTSDA; something big for any one; he left us his legacy, a legacy that we must continue; let us hope that we are capable enough to lead the WTSDA to an endless grow.

Grandmaster Shin and Master Frattini. Master Frattini, his wife Cecilia and his daughter Julieta.

Advice/Words of Wisdom

Youth, teen and/or adult martial artist:

Tang Soo Do is an art for everyone, regardless of age or physical condition. We all can train, we only need constancy and perseverance.

Teaching tips or ways you make classes more exciting:

I believe in motivating the classes by adding new and innovative things. I like fun, relaxed, and diverse classes adaptable to anyone. I like to organize seminars, clinics, tournaments, etc, so students can perfect their techniques and are constantly learning. I believe in innovation, creativity and learning but without going too far away from the traditionalism of the Tang Soo Do.

Tang Soo!