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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2013 Masters Profile


Name: Jeffrey Edwin Green

Rank and date of rank: Yuk Dan

Region and Studio Name & Location: Region #11,
Great Britain Tang Soo Do


Personal Information

Where were you born?

I was born in the Welsh mining town of Blaenavon, South Wales, United Kingdom but moved to Cwmbran, South Wales when I was fourteen.

Family members involved in Tang Soo Do:

Tang Soo Do is definitely part of my family starting with my wife, Denise (E Dan), our children Lee (Sam Dan), Richard (E Dan), Donna (5th Gup). My brother Barry (1st Gup) and sisters Kathleen (E Dan) and Lorraine (Cho Dan) as well as my brother-in-law Martin (E Dan) are also involved with Tang Soo Do. We also have a third generation in our Tang Soo Do family with my grand daughters Kimberley (Cho Dan) and Shannon (6th Gup).

Description of profession or trade outside of Tang Soo Do:

I am an I.T. Technician for Education (Local Government Officer) and work in primary schools servicing PCs laptops, printers and Local Networks.

Master Green demonstrating some of his favorite techniques.

Martial Arts Career

When, where and why you started Tang Soo Do?

I started Tang Soo Do in 1979 when Master Tong Mun Kim started his new class in my home town of Cwmbran, South Wales, I had been practicing Aikido before that but left the class when I got married.  After two years I wanted to do something else so started Tang Soo Do and it changed my life forever.

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

The class was very, very hard, Master Kim was very strict, but looking back I would not have changed a thing. It made me into what I am today and I am very proud of my Tang Soo Do history. The way we teach Tang Soo Do has changed over the years but only because we have learned better ways to improve our students, safer ways to teach and our knowledge of what we are teaching has improved as well.

Difference between when you first started training and today?

Then - Brutal training, never wore any safety gear, very often would go ‘All out’ (with other black belts), and go home bleeding and looking back would not have changed a thing. Now – Training is still hard but it is not like it used to be. At the end of the day we are teaching something that works in the street and you have to condition students, to make it work you have to put the effort in. I have been told that I have mellowed since my training started all those years ago (Master Khan's influence), but I still maintain a hard black belt class.

Any other martial arts studied?

As mentioned I practiced Aikido for a few years. Aikido and Tang Soo Do are very different styles but I believe they complimented each other. My only regret is I did not continue my Aikido training although I would have probably found it difficult to fit in since I used to practice Tang Soo Do 4 or 5 days a week. In addition, I working 6 days a week and was bringing up a young family.

Notable accomplishments in the martial arts field?

Among my accomplishments are 1994 Hall of Fame Family of the Year; 2006 Hall of Fame Master of the Year; 1991 British Grand Champion; Welsh Heavyweight Champion (Welsh Open Championship); European Silver and Bronze medalist; and World Silver and Bronze medalist and other trophies over the years but these are the ones I am very proud of.

Masters Gary Josefik, Jeff Green, Chris Carter and Michael Kaye for their Yuk Dan promotion at the 2012 WTSDA World 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 last thesis was on the various hyung we practice - what the self-defense applications are for each of the techniques in the hyung and why we move in specific directions within these hyung, I chose this topic because while investigating this area I realized once you got passed the ‘basic’ interpretations, the ‘advanced’ applications were a very effective close quarter fighting strategy. I have been researching hyung applications since 1995 and still have the higher hyung to work on as there is so much information there. You can never stop learning even after 35 years!

What is your favorite part of Tang Soo Do?

I enjoy all parts of our Tang Soo Do training but Hyung stands out for the reasons I have mentioned above. I also enjoy weapons, specifically the sword and cane.

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

My favorite hyung is Bassai. Bassai was the first hyung where I stumbled on various interpretations of the techniques within this hyung which made sense. I remember thinking ‘Why could I not see this’. It changed the way I looked at basic techniques and opened my eyes to what is truly hidden within our hyung.  I still try to update hyung I have worked on years ago with newer applications for the techniques. I am never happy in case I have missed something. I never pretend to know everything - the fact I keep learning new things proves that every day.

My favorite weapons are Ji Pang Yi (cane) and Jang Gum(sword). Ji Pang Yi is a very effective weapon which is also legal to carry in our streets. On one of our many trips to America I was getting up from my seat at the airport to walk to the departure gate when one of the airport transport trollies was going by. He stopped because saw me with a walking stick and asked if I needed help to the departure gate. Did I take his offer of a lift…Yes I did and I had a big smile on my face when we drove pass Master Khan and Master Carter who had walked ahead of me. In general people make assumptions about others with walking aides and see them as easy targets. The cane is a great leveler. Jang Gum is an enjoyable but demanding weapon which takes a long time to master; it becomes an extension of your spirit, becoming an ideal meditation tool (as do all hyung when practiced correctly).

WTSDA committees or positions:

I am currently the Welsh Chief Instructor and General Secretary of the Great Britain Association.

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

My parents were always there for me. Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin will always be a role model and had such a great impact on WTSDA, martial arts in general and on my life. Master Mujahid Khan who has taught me so much and has always been there as an instructor and as a friend. His commitment to his training and the training of his students is outstanding.

Master Green and several of his students after a Championship.

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

Among my favorite memories include enjoying a Korean meal with Grandmaster Shin listening to stories of the early years in Tang Soo Do, visiting various classes throughout the world and enjoying the camaraderie, seeing young students grow and mature through their years of training, and enjoying the special times at the masters clinics where we meet and train with old friends!

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

I hope we continue as we are and maintain the high standard we have achieved through the leadership of our belated Grandmaster Jae C. Shin and our new Grandmaster Robert Beaudoin. We will carry on the legacy and I hope to be here for many more years, still learning, still teaching, still being there for my students, my instructor and this Association.

Grandmaster Beaudoin with GBTSD competitors at the 2012 WTSDA World Championship.

Advice/Words of Wisdom

Youth, teen and/or adult martial artist:

PERSEVERE! We find it hard to understand WHY we have to do things a certain way, WHY we should use this stance, WHY it is so important to use your waist throughout EVERY technique and WHY you should strive to understand and learn a hyung that does not totally make sense to us. But one day, if we persevere it will all make sense and the student becomes a better person because of that knowledge.

Remember also that our goal maybe a master’s belt, but it is not the belt that makes you a master. It’s the heart and spirit inside that makes you a master. Never stop moving forward, and never stop trying to be the best you can be.

Tang Soo!