The World Tang Soo Do Association

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

Robert E. Beaudoin

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February 2013 Masters Profile


Name: Thomas W. Strahan

Rank and date of rank: Sah Dan, promoted 2007

Region and Studio Name & Location: Region #6,
Strahan’s Karate Center, Poplarville, MS


Personal Information

Where were you born?

I was born in Heidelberg, Germany.

Family members involved in Tang Soo Do:

The members of my family involved in Tang Soo Do include my wife, Jamie(Cho Dan) and my daughters Lindsey (Cho Dan) and Kelsey (Cho Dan Bo).

Description of profession or trade outside of Tang Soo Do:

I have several 'jobs' outside Tang Soo Do. First I am a System Analyst at Pearl River Community College. I am also the Youth Director and Audio/Visual Specialist at First Baptist Church in Poplarville and I am a School Board member at the Poplarville School District .

List your academic accomplishments, military service:

I have a Bachelors of Science in Computer Sciences.

Master Strahan and his family. Master Strong and Master Strahan.

Martial Arts Career

When, where and why you started Tang Soo Do?

I started practicing Tang Soo Do in Poplarville, MS in July, 1990 under Chris Hollingsworth.

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

When I started there were only five other students and I was the oldest at the time.  When our first test came up, our instructor had four posters from the 1990 World Championship that he was going to give to the top four on the test.  Well wouldn’t you know that I came in fifth and didn’t get one of the posters.  At that point I figured that karate wasn’t for me.  One of the kids that got a poster decided that he didn’t want it and I got one after all. And I guess the rest is history.

Difference between when you first started training and today?

The biggest difference I notice is the difference in me. When I first started, I was very impatient, very hot tempered and didn’t get out much.  Now I feel I have a tremendous amount of patience and have much more control over myself and has helped me to get out a little more to meet others.

Any other martial arts studied?

I have studied several including Hapkido, Han Mu Do, Krav Maga, Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi.

Notable accomplishments in the martial arts field?

Among my martial arts accomplishments are Region 6 Grand Champion ’96,’97, ’99; Region 6 Instructor of the Year ’98, ’99 and Region 6 Family of the Year ’10. My most notable was receiving Master’s Rank 2007.

Master Strahan and his students at a Region 6 Dan Clinic.

Tang Soo Do Career

What is your favorite part of Tang Soo Do?

My favorite part of Tang Soo Do is Hyungs and One Steps.

What is your favorite Hyung and/or weapon and why?

My favorite hyung is Sip Soo, probably because I worked on that form for so long. I remember seeing a black belt performing Sip Soo when I was a color belt and I couldn’t wait till I was able to work on that form.  My favorite weapon is the Cane.  It’s just a weapon my instructor introduced to me and for some reason or another it just clicked with me.

WTSDA committees or positions:

I am currently the Regional Director for Region 6.

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

My role models in WTSDA include Master Bill Strong, Master Kevin Robinson, Master Kevin Tolderlund and Master Michael Hicks. Their guidance and friendship have been tremendous.

Master Strahan warming up his students.

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

All of my favorite memories have included traveling throughout the US and the World. At these areas I am able to train, attend events, meet people and of course, make friends.

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

I hope the Association will continue to grow and spread it’s influence of better health, better person and self defense.  I hope to see Region 6 especially grow more in Mississippi and Louisiana as we only have one or two studios in each.

Advice/Words of Wisdom

Teaching tips or ways you make classes more exciting:

My favorite quote is from Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right”  So always focus on what you need to do to accomplish what it is you’re after.

Tang Soo!