The World Tang Soo Do Association

A True "World" Organization


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

Robert E. Beaudoin

Untitled Document

February 2016 Masters Profile


Name: Matthew Bruce Hutchinson

Rank and date of rank: Sah Dan Master (2008)

Region and Studio Name & Location: Region 21, Central Florida Tang Soo Do

Contact Information:


Personal Information

Where were you born?

I was born in Weymouth, Mass.

Family members involved in Tang Soo Do:

Family members include my wife, Amy (Brown Belt) and sons, Joshua (Cho Dan Bo) and Jacob (E-Dan).

Description of profession or trade outside of Tang Soo Do:

Outside of Tang Soo Do, I have been a salesman for 17 years, Soccer Official for 33 years and bagpipes for 10 years.

Martial Arts Career

When, where and why you started Tang Soo Do?

When I was a young boy I saw a karate school in Plymouth, Massachusetts and wanted to join, but the stigma that it was violent prevented my parents from signing me up. When I left home to attend Troy University I found a program offered by a Captain in the Air Force, named Captain Marc Eaton.  I joined and have never looked back! Captain Eaton was transferred and the program folded but I found Master Michael Hicks who was about an hour away. I traveled to and from Troy, Alabama to Montgomery with my then fiancé twice a week for about 2 years!  I will be forever in debt to Master Hicks for his commitment and generosity to me.

Grandmaster Beaudoin with Region 21 representatives at the 2014 Master's Clinic (left) and Master Hutchinson training outdoors (right).

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

My first impressions were that this must be a great organization because of the Association patch and its meaning. I can honestly say that my impression then is the same as now! I was told that the Masters belt at the bottom of the logo was our goal in martial arts and that really stuck. I was also impressed with the brotherhood and family.

Any other martial arts studied?

I have studied many different forms of martial arts but not formally. I have enjoyed using Tang Soo Do as my foundation and appreciate the fact that Grandmaster Shin allowed us to be open minded and continue to learn all aspects of the martial arts

Notable accomplishments in the martial arts field?

I have received many medals and trophies when I used to compete but nothing can compare to the feeling an instructor has when students achieve their Black Belts and other accolades.  I feel this is the most rewarding thing for an instructor and this also helps solidify the legacy for the instructor, the school and the Association. I was also honored to receive recognition on behalf of my family for Region 6 Family of the Year in 2002!

Tang Soo Do Career

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

My thesis was on Safety in the World Today. We have so many threats endangering us both here and abroad that I felt compelled to try and heighten awareness. I also learned of the many issues facing us on the internet, whether it is identity theft or Cyber Bullying just to name a few. I am hoping to write another thesis soon on how to teach children in Tang Soo Do. I have about 50 games that I have compiled over the years and I would like to share them with instructors so they can have higher student retention.

What is your favorite part of Tang Soo Do?

Without a doubt my favorite part of Tang Soo Do is the Family and Friendship. I have been truly blessed to meet so many outstanding people through the World Tang Soo Do Association. Grandmaster Shin was like a father to many of us and I believe that he wanted the Association to be a family to all its members. I thank him from the bottom of my heart for creating the WTDSA and I thank all of the friends I have made throughout the years for their support. I am truly looking forward to strengthening those relationships in the years to come as well as creating many more new friendships.

WTSDA committees or positions:  

I have been honored to be the Regional Director for Region 21 for the last several years. I want to personally thank Grandmaster Shin for asking me and trusting me with this Honor and I would also like to thank all the Instructors of Region 21 for their support over the years.

Master Hutchinson working with a student on his hyung.

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

There are too many to list but I will try: First and foremost Grandmaster Shin. Next would be Master Hicks for his never-ending support. I also have the utmost respect for Grandmaster Beaudoin and Grandmaster Strong. I would also like to mention Master Dercole whom I have watched and learned from in so many ways over the past several years. There are so many more people thatI admire and respect from the WTSDA. I would also like to recognize all the Masters and Instructors from Region 21 and lastly I must say that my ultimate role model is Jesus Christ. I continue to let Him down but His mercy and grace keeps giving me strength! Through Tang Soo Do & Christ, I continue to try and achieve 10th degree black belt (perfection,) I know it is impossible, but I will continue to try for the rest of my life.

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

Where do I start????? My fondest memories are the trips to Montgomery, Alabama with my fiancée Amy, and then she traveled with me to my Black Belt test. Later we traveled as a family to many World and regional tournaments. Both my boys Joshua and Jacob accompanied me on many trips when I became Regional Director. My younger son Jacob seemed to always be with me and acted as Security and Public Relations. I have been blessed to create so many memories with so many people especially when I have traveled or hosted guest from other Regions!  Travelling to Argentina 3 times has truly been a highlight and the people that I have gone with and met there are friends for life and part of my family. Thanks to Region 20 for adopting me and Master Goodwin for welcoming me her to her home! I also have special memories of Seattle and North Carolina where I was a guest instructor. So many memories from Region 21 Black Belt camps and functions but none can top the memories Sunday morning after the test at Masters Camp!

What are your future goals in WTSDA?

My future goals with the WTSDA are numerous! I want to continue to travel and share the art as well as help strengthen the Association in whatever way possible. I want to strengthen friendships as well as create new ones.

Master Hutchinson demonstating cane techniques at the Latin American Masters Clinic.

Advice/Words of Wisdom

Youth, teen and/or adult martial artist:

Life is like a roller coaster - Learn to enjoy the entire ride, the ups and downs, the parts that go slow and fast, all the things that you don’t know are around the next turn, but when it is over you’ll want to do it all over again!

Two passages which have guided me are Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” and Philippians 3:13-14, in a nut shell NEVER GIVE UP.

Teaching tips or ways you make classes more exciting:

There is only one thing to say –“HAVE FUN” and the rest will take care of itself!

Tang Soo!