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 2017 Masters Profile

Name: Jimmy Bailey

Rank and date of rank: Sah Dan Master (2012)

Region and Studio Name & Location: Region 4 – Fire Dragon Karate I & II - Austin Texas

Contact Information:

Personal Information

Where were you born?

I was born in Bogota, Colombia.

Family members involved in Tang Soo Do:

My sons James and Michael train in Tang Soo Do.

Description of profession or trade outside of Tang Soo Do:

I am a Project Manager.

Martial Arts Career

When, where and why you started Tang Soo Do?

I first started studying martial arts at Bergstrom Tang Soo Do under Master Jerry Strickland in 1992 in the Austin, TX area. I was lucky to have found a World Tang Soo Do school. Soon after beginning, Mr. Reggie Goodwin took over the school, and I trained there until I graduated from the University of Texas in 1996 with a degree in Business Economics. I was able to achieve my Cho Dan before graduating.

Master Bailey and his promotion to Sah Dan Master with Grandmaster Strong.

Difference between when you first started training and today?

My first training environment was at a military base so there were not many young people.  Now most schools seem to have a large number of young people and to be more mainstream.

Notable accomplishments in the martial arts field?

This is an interesting question because what I have accomplished in martial arts are the same things many of my Master level friends in WTSDA have done, but I do believe they are notable in the broader sense.  That being said, notable things are taking a significant number of parents and their children together from white to Black Belt as well as successfully running a school in a YMCA environment for 11 years.

Tang Soo Do Career

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

Since starting my studios I have had children join us of various ages and several in the special needs spectrum.  I decided to write my thesis on the differences in teaching children in the different age groups and on how to teach children in those groups who are in different levels of ADD/HD and Autism.


Master Bailey and outdoor training.

What is your favorite part of Tang Soo Do?

My favorite part of Tang So Do is the emphasis on the whole person concept.  I like to engross my body and mind fully in Tang Soo Do.

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

My favorite weapon is the staff.  I like to try my best to make it an extension of my body, being able to move continuously while still being effective.  Additionally, I like it because finding a staff or staff-like object in real world environments is not difficult so it is also a very practical weapon.

WTSDA committees or positions:  

At the regional level I have been the Webmaster, the Host of the Regional Gup Clinic, a Facilitator of Regional Tournaments and Dan Camp.  I have also acted as the Region 4 Ambassador to Mexico.

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

Some of my role models in WTSDA are my mentor Master Patrick West, my Regional Director Master Allen Sharpe, and Master Manuel Ramirez.

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

I have had many great memories in my 25 years in the WTSDA.  I will say some of the ones that stick out are my first World Championship in 1996, my first Master Camp in 2010, and awarding a Black Belt to one of my students who was one of my first Little Dragons.

What are your future goals in WTSDA?

I would like to make it to be a very dangerous old person.  Joking aside, I would like to achieve my Oh Dan rank and to take at least one of my students to the point of being invited to the Masters Clinic.  Essentially I desire to continue to grow the WTSDA so more people can experience the benefits I have in my own life with the WTSDA.

Master Bailey with one of his Tiny Tigers (left) and with his studio's logo.

Advice/Words of Wisdom

Youth, teen and/or adult martial artist:

Train with total commitment. Let go of the fear of failure, and let your body/mind reach their potential without self-imposed limitations.

Teaching tips or ways you make classes more exciting:

Give the students vivid descriptions of what might be occurring in each training scenario.  Help them to visualize the opponents they are taking on in the training.  Also, if you are able, occasionally change the training surface and environment your students are training on.  This shakes up their experience and helps them focus.  If that is not an option, then change up how you are using the training environment you do have.  Change the direction and angles the students go when training.

Tang Soo!