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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March 2015 Masters Profile


Name: Jared Arteca

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

Region and Studio Name & Location: Region #9,
Arteca’s Karate Academy, Worcester, MA


Personal Information

Where were you born?

I was born in Pullman, WA.

Family members involved in Tang Soo Do:

My father, Master Rich Arteca, is an Oh Dan. My stepmother, Jeannette, my sister, Nicole, and my brother, Rick are all Sam Dans. My wife, Lisa is a Cho Dan. My daughter, Alison is starting to come around on becoming a Little Dragon.

Description of profession or trade outside of Tang Soo Do:

I’m a Senior Project Manager and Product Support Manager for Videon Central where my team and I are responsible for the development and maintenance of several products designed for use in a variety of in-flight entertainment, military, and broadcast applications.

Group picture from Master Arteca’s 8th Gup test. HC Hwang (Grandmaster Hwang Kee’s son) was the senior panel member.

Martial Arts Career

When, where and why you started Tang Soo Do?

I started training when I was five, simply because I wanted to be like my father.  When he would practice, I would often sit and watch very closely, trying to pick up as many skills as I could.  This grew into me participating and practicing alongside him.  For that reason, among many others, I think of my father as my first instructor. When I was five, I was living on Long Island with my mother so I was unable to train at the same dojang as my father.  However, my mother, who has always been supportive of my interests and passions, signed me up for karate lessons at Hwang Karate Studio in Williston Park, NY under the instruction of Mr. Charles Water.  Mr. Water had just opened the doors of his dojang when I signed up so I had the privilege of being one of his first students.  Hwang Karate Studio was part of the United States Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation under the leadership of Grandmaster Hwang Kee.

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

When I first started training, I viewed it as an activity that I could do with my father and be cool like Bruce Lee.  But now, I wouldn’t know my life without it.  Training is much more than just a physical activity; it’s a way of life with countless benefits that enables all participants with the ability to make a lasting difference in the world.

Difference between when you first started training and today.

Many of the “old school” methods were still being used when I first started training.  When it was cold and snowy during the winter or hot and humid during the summer, we trained barefoot outside for a portion of the class.  When students had their feet out of place during forms or drill, the instructor would tap their toes with a bamboo shanai until the error was corrected.  The classes were longer and more physically demanding and there were more adults than children.

Today the training methods are still challenging and deliver the same teachings, but in a more positive, encouraging manner.  There are also more children and families involved which adds to the welcoming atmosphere.  Overall, training has become a unique activity that is open to people of all ages and abilities.

Any other martial arts studied?

Tang Soo Do has always been my focus.  However, I trained briefly in Muay Thai and attended seminars on boxing and Brazilian Ju Jitsu.

Notable accomplishments in the martial arts field?

I was the Adult Male Black Belt Grand Champion at the 2000, 2003, and 2004 Western Region 8 Championships and the 2008 WTSDA Hall of Fame Instructor of the Year, all of which were very humbling experiences. Being promoted to Sah Dan Master by Grandmaster Shin at the Region 8 Championship in 2008 was also a very humbling experience and something I will treasure forever. However, what I’m most proud of is my dojang, specifically my students and their families.  They have become an extended part of my family and I’m genuinely grateful for the privilege of being their instructor.


Grandmaster Shin with Master Arteca with his wife, Lisa(left) and Master Arteca with his father Master Rich Arteca (right).

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 entitled Taking Your Tang Soo Do Training to the Next Level.  It focused on the proper balance of nutrition, flexibility, strength training, and cardiovascular training as a means of safely maximizing the natural capabilities of the human body.  Writing this thesis was a valuable opportunity to expand my overall knowledge of fitness and apply it to my training.  But more importantly, it made me a better instructor by enabling me to help others through their performance plateaus, injuries, and other physical challenges.

What is your favorite part of Tang Soo Do?

As a person, my favorite part of Tang Soo Do is the camaraderie.  Very unique bonds are formed between those that train, sweat, and work hard together.  It’s extremely heartwarming to know that there are many brothers and sisters around the world that will accept and support you just because you wear the WTSDA logo over your heart.  This is clearly evident at each World Championship and to anyone who has visited or moved to another region.  I experienced this first hand when I moved from Region 8 to Region 9 in 2013.  Region 8 was my home and it was very difficult to leave.  However, when I moved to Region 9, the unconditional acceptance and support I received was overwhelming.

As an instructor, my favorite part of Tang Soo Do is the countless opportunities to be a positive influence in the lives of my students and watching them grow as they progress through the ranks.  I view all of my students (regardless of age) as rock stars and future black belts.  All growth they achieve, no matter how small, is extremely exciting to me!

As a practitioner, my favorite parts of Tang Soo Do are kicking and forms.  Kicking requires the entire body to function in unison with a mix of flexibility, power, and grace.  This is challenging, but when done properly, the result is beautiful.  Forms are a workout like no other.  Back up P90X.  Back up Insanity.  Make way for Tang Soo Do forms!  Like kicking, forms are beautiful when performed properly, and the Moo Shim (meditative) state that is eventually achieved is both mysterious and fascinating.

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

My favorite hyung is Kong Sang Koon. It’s highly challenging both technically and physically and requires a solid foundation in the basics in order to be performed with the skill, precision, and dynamic that it deserves.  It embodies the importance of Attitude Requirement #5, practice basic techniques all the time!

My favorite weapon is the staff. (And not just because Donatello is my favorite Ninja Turtle!)  It’s incredibly dynamic and fun to use. It’s also very functional in that several everyday objects may be used as a staff which can come in handy if you’re in a self-defense situation and need something to even the playing field.

WTSDA committees or positions:

When I was in Region 8, I was the President / Program Coordinator of the Leadership Class for several years.  I was also a member of the Scholarship Committee for a number of years and briefly contributed to the Security Team. Following my move to Region 9, I rejoined the Scholarship Committee and have been involved in the coordination of the annual Fall Clinic. I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to give back to the WTSDA which has done more for me than I’m able to put into words.

Group photo from the first Little Dragons test at Arteca’s Karate Academy (Greendale YMCA).

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

Inside the WTSDA, there are just too many to list!  I’m a product of so many phenomenal WTSDA Masters, Instructors, and practitioners that I’ve had the privilege to learn from and be influenced by over the years.  We’ll be here all day if I attempt to list all of my role models inside the WTSDA, so I’ll note one at the Association level and one at the Regional level.  At the Association level, Grandmaster Shin for his humility, leadership, and inspiration and for creating the best organization on the planet.  The impact he made on me and so many others goes beyond words.  And at the Regional level, Master Efrain Valentin for his exceptional work ethic, endless drive to make a difference, and entertaining sense of humor. Outside the WTSDA, my role models are my parents for selflessly giving me the best of everything they are and for making me the person I am today!

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

My involvement with the WTSDA has blessed me with many, many fond memories but here are a few that top the list:

  • End of the year Region 8 Leadership Classes with Grandmaster Shin.  These classes were challenging and typically consisted of 30 minutes of meditation, some hand / foot drill, and at least one solid hour of forms.  The feeling of accomplishment at the end one of these classes was incredible.  After class we would have dinner at a local restaurant during which Grandmaster Shin would share some stories and give us instructor t-shirts and holiday cards that he packaged himself.  We were so fortunate to spend time with Grandmaster Shin on a personal level.
  • Region 8 Black Belt Clinics.  From 100+ degree heat on some years to Master Beam’s session on “repetition disguised as fun” to Grandmaster Shin’s three rules (punctuality, one more time, and no hanky panky), these clinics were always fun, challenging, and memorable.
  • Attending the Master’s Clinic for the first time.  It was exciting to befriend and train with Masters and candidates from all over the world!  I felt like I was in Hollywood and finally got the chance to appear in a movie with the “big boys and girls”.  This clinic (like several clinics since then) was also a rare, but valued, opportunity to spend some quality time with my father one on one.
  • Everything related to the activities that take place at my dojang (even the little things)!  From the unpredictable (and often humorous) comments from the Tiny Tigers and Little  Dragons to the achievements of my senior students, each week brings a new wave of memories, all of which I deeply cherish.

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

I hope the WTSDA will continue to grow according to Grandmaster Shin’s vision, remain tightly unified, and further solidify its position as one of the best, most professional martial arts organizations in the world!

Group photo from the first Gup test at Arteca’s Karate Academy (Greendale YMCA).

Advice/Words of Wisdom

Youth, teen and/or adult martial artist:

The same advice applies across the board:  Keep training, no matter what!  There will be times when you will want to stop training for various reasons, but refuse to give in.  The benefits of training are far too valuable to pass up.  The greater the challenges you face and overcome, the greater the rewards you will receive and enjoy!

Teaching tips or ways you make classes more exciting:

  • Be of the mindset that your role as the instructor must be earned with every class.
  • Be fun, creative, and innovative with your lesson plans.
  • Be excited and passionate about everything you do.
  • Be positive, patient, and caring towards all your students.
  • Be challenging, yet encouraging in your delivery.
  • Most of all, teach with all your heart and everything else will fall into place.

Tang Soo!