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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May 2014 Masters Profile


Name: Babak Javid

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

Region and Studio Name & Location: Region #11,
Dojang Chiban, The Netherlands

Contact Infromation:


Personal Information

Where were you born?

I was born in Tehran, Iran.

Family members involved in Tang Soo Do:

My son, Jayden (7 years old) and daughter Sherana (3 years old) train in Tang Soo Do.

Description of profession or trade outside of Tang Soo Do:

I am a United Nations Security Sergeant and Fire arms Training Officer.

List your academic accomplishments, military service:

I served 2 years with the Royal Naval in Security.

Master Javid and his daughter.

Martial Arts Career

When, where and why you started Tang Soo Do?

I started at the age of 10, in 1990 after seeing one of the students at our school demonstrating some Tang Soo Do breaking and sparring technigues. This was the spark. My instructor is Master Sjef Lamens Oh Dan, Studio Chung Shin, Netherlands.

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

My first impression was that this style is so cool, my instructor is awesome, what a nice atmosphere. Today, 24 years later, I still think the same but the love for the art and my instructor has grown tremendously.  What once started as just “training” it has now turned into a way of life, a full time job next to a fulltime job. I eat, sleep and live Tang Soo Do.

Any other martial arts studied?

I have practiced Wing Chun and Krav Maga for a short while. I am also a qualified SPEAR instructor (Blauer Tactical Systems).

Notable accomplishments or future goals in the martial arts field?

Since 2013, I have introduced Tang Soo Do to children and adults with either a mental or physical disability. This is one of the ENJOYABLE classes I give throughout the week. We intend to ignore them since they do not fit in our “comfort zone”.  There are a lot of opportunities as long as you step out of your comfort zone. I have a disabled son who shows me on a daily basis that everything is possible as long as we reach out for it.  My next goal is to continue to spread our Tang Soo Do knowledge as much as possible. I went from 1 studio with 27 students to 52 students, I started a second studio and a new club. Altogether we (assisted by my black belts) have now 85 students.

Master Javid and his children.

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 Tang Soo Do and Security. When I was working as a security officer at the US Embassy and I introduced Tang Soo Do to some of the staff members. The ambassador was so amaze, she requested that I teach her children in private classes. All I have achieved is because of our beautiful art! My current job with United Nations Security, is due to my Tang Soo Do backgroud. It enabled me to join the training unit and work my way up to a supervisory role, instructor in Fire arms, Arrest & Restraint. This is the reason I chose this topic for my thesis. Tang Soo Do has always had such an impact on my entire life!

Difference between when you first started training and today? 

I can only speak for myself but 24 years ago when I started to train, it was all about me. I had my ego, I had no clue where this road would take me. Today it is all about them (my students, my seniors). I have skipped the ego part and I have my goal: To set an example (like Grandmaster Shin), to support Grandmaster Beaudoin and my other seniors all the way and then some.

What is your favorite part of Tang Soo Do?

I enjoy every part that Tang Soo Do offers but in particular being a better person aspect of it!

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

My favorite Hyung is Kong Sang Koon - you can truly express yourself with all the moves, the moves have a nice flow, it is one of the most challenging hyungs.

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

I have so many role models: My teacher Master Lamens who has always been there for me, Grandmaster Shin, Grandmaster Beaudoin, Grandmaster Strong, Master Mujahid Khan and Master Dawn Khan. This list goes on and on, I do not want to exclude anybody here…..

Grandmaster Beaudoin and Master Javid's son.
Master Javid

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

I have had the pleasure to assist Grandmaster Shin with his security protocol everytime he visited Europe since 2006. One of my favorite memories was while providing security for Grandmaster Shin’s when he was in Greece.  I was accompanying Grandmaster Shin and his wife toward their hotel along the beach and Grandmaster Shin said: “Master Javid, thank you for taking good care of us both”.  All I was thinking at that moment was: I would like to take care of them on a daily basis! In 2011, Grandmaster Beaudoin attended our European Championships in Holland, everyone was so excited to see him. My son Jayden was 4 years at that time, wheelchair bound, during the photo sessions, Grandmaster Beaudoin just kneeled down next to his wheelchair and started to play with him. This was such an emotional moment, at the same time it had such a great impact on all of us. We love him so much.

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

I am positive that we as WTSDA will set forth Grandmaster Shin’s legacy and remain the biggest true Tang Soo Do organization in the world and keep OUR three mottoes: BROTHERHOOD, PROFESSIONALISM AND TRADITIONALISM!

Advice/Words of Wisdom

Youth, teen and/or adult martial artist:

Know your art and know yourself. It’s only YOU who can make a difference. Becoming a better person should be one of your priorities when you practice TANG SOO DO. Always act without consideration of personal gain.

Teaching tips or ways you make classes more exciting:

I offer the following tips:

  • Recognize your student’s efforts
  • Be enthusiastic throughout the class, smile and keep flowing
  • Challenge the students with different moves/ techniques
  • Be yourself and don’t change…….

Tang Soo!