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

Robert E. Beaudoin

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2013 Masters Profile



Name: Vance Britt

Rank and date of rank: Yuk Dan, promoted 2003

Region and Studio Name & Location: Region #8,
Star Karate School, Wrightstown, NJ

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Personal Information

Where were you born?

I was born in Chesapeake, Virginia in 1952.

Family members involved in Tang Soo Do:

My daughter Geneen is a Sam Dan.

Description of profession or trade outside of Tang Soo Do:

I am retired from the Military and a retired Correction Officer.

List your academic accomplishments, military service:

I have an Associate Degree in Education.


Grandmaster Beaudoin and the senior Masters at the 2012 Master's Clinic in Florence, AL

Martial Arts Career

When, where and why you started Tang Soo Do?

I always had an interest in martial arts. I wanted to learn karate because kicking and punching looked so cool! In 1970 while in the military, I finally got my chance to seriously pursue martial arts. At first, I only learned defense against street fighting. But by 1974, I enrolled in my first martial art school at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. I was later transferred to Osan Air Base, Korea where I was introduced to Tang Soo Do. In 1975, I received my first-degree black belt under the instruction of Master Tong Moon Kim.

Difference between when you first started training and today?

Training was based on real life, hard but firm training; now things have to be watered down so not to hurt someone’s feeling.

Any other martial arts studied?

I have studied Aikido, Hapkido.

Notable accomplishments in the martial arts field?

World Tang Soo Do Association Master of the Year 1996.


Master Britt with his newly promoted Dan students at the 2012 Region 8 Championship.

Tang Soo Do Career

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

My first thesis was on “Educational Aspects of Martial Arts.” I learned there’s a manner in which we have to properly introduce Tang Soo Do to people so they don’t get the wrong understanding of why martial arts are important and don’t do something harmful. If we use educational procedures properly, we can approach teaching with the attitude of training students to become martial artists. My second thesis was in the form of a manual, “Sword One Steps - Jan Gum.” It includes a pictorial of 30 techniques and their development, as well as a historical portion on the origin of sword, with an emphasis on the Korean philosophy of the origin of the sword. The most important lesson I learned from both is if you put your mind to it , you can do anything!

What is your favorite part of Tang Soo Do?

My favorite part - All of it! I love using the philosophy of on-going procedure—you learn from the womb to the tomb. I love teaching. I feel my greatest asset is my ability to work well with children. I gain such a feeling of accomplishment watching them develop into fine, young adults. It’s important to maintain focus of the path we take to obtain our goals in Tang Soo Do.

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

My favorite weapon is the Sword. I feel it’s an extension of your soul. It strengthen inner spirit, challenge and discipline.

WTSDA committees or positions:

I am currently the Director of the Master’s Candidates program.

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

Grandmaster Shin is one of my favorite role models, not because he was the Grandmaster, but because he had impeccable insight and all the characteristics and qualities I admire: honesty, forthrightness, sincerity, and genuine good-heartedness. I also appreciate Master Steve Chambliss because he demonstrates tenacity. I admire individuals who model integrity, loyalty and perseverance. People of that nature tend to attract others to themselves.


Masters Becky Rupp, Efrain Valentin, Vance Britt and Brian Fisher with the 2012 Sah Dan candidates at the USA Master's Clinic.

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

Among my favorite memories are taking my first Black Belt test, taking my first master’s test and receiving my 4th dan master’s belt. When I made masters rank for the first time, I was so excited because it was a goal I always wanted to obtain. When Grandmaster Shin tied my belt around my waist, it was extremely tight. I went to adjust the belt in the restroom. I walked in backwards, approaching the mirrors. I stopped and turned around quickly to see myself for the first time with my masters belt. That was emotional and thrilling!

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

I hope that the association continues to grow and maintain our culture and traditions.

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Master Britt and 3 of his Little Dragons Master Britt and his favorite weapon

Advice/Words of Wisdom

Youth, teen and/or adult martial artist:

Don’t change what is already good, learn the traditions of our art.

Teaching tips or ways you make classes more exciting:

Try to make every class fun and enjoyable. I am quite fond of the Little Dragons. When conducting class with 4 and 5 year olds, you have to be creative. I use an initial technique called “Hand shake” to relax the child and show them they can trust me. I offer my hand to shake, and hold on to their hand. We continue to shake on and on. I say, ‘I’m glad you’re impressed, and you can let go of my hand.’ I keep saying they can let go of my hand while holding on to theirs. When they smile, I know they’ve accepted me. I can let go of their hand and know the ice has been broken.

Tang Soo!