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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July 2013 Masters Profile


Name: Jennifer Lynn Couture – Kelly (married in March 2012)

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

Region and Studio Name & Location: Region # 9  
Celebrating 14 years owning JC Karate in Cheshire, CT

Contact Information: www.


Personal Information

Where were you born?

I was born born and raised in Meriden, CT.

Family members involved in Tang Soo Do:

I have a sister-in-law who just earned her Cho Dan Bo & 2 nieces who are both Cho Dans.

Description of profession or trade outside of Tang Soo Do:

In 2005, I decided to run JC Karate full time, however before that time, I was a veterinary technician working in an emergency hospital, specializing in dentistry. I enjoyed working with all types of animals and still dabble in it when friends need help.

Martial Arts Career

When, where and why you started Tang Soo Do?

I began my martial arts training in 1983 at the Sattler Academy of Karate in Meriden, CT. Master Marc Sattler was my first instructor. I started my training because my brother wanted to do try it. I wasn't interested back then, however fell in love with it pretty quickly.

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

My first impression of Tang Soo Do were, "are there any girls here?" I am so overjoyed to have witnessed how far girls & women have come within our style.

Difference between when you first started training and today?

I always give thanks to Tang Soo Do in guiding me to become the person I have become and strive to be. Because of WTSDA I grew up unlike many of the kids in my old neighborhood. My life definitely could've gone in a different direction.

Any other martial arts studied?

While growing up with many of the Instructors at Sattler Academy & Meriden Academy of Karate, they trained in other styles and taught us pieces of what they learned. I know a little bit of many parts of other arts.

Notable accomplishments in the martial arts field?

I loved to compete in Regional & World Championships throughout my WTSDA career. I am proud of my consecutive Region #9 championship cup wins in 2000 & 2001 as well as taking the runner up title at the 2004 World Championships to Noreen Khan (what a final match that was!).

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 on women and their growth within male dominated careers & sports. I learned about many strong women and the struggles they went through so we could be treated as equals and beyond. Women continue to make great strides in science, math, and many other male dominated areas. We even have female race car drivers starting in the pole position now….

What is your favorite part of Tang Soo Do?

My favorite part of Tang Soo Do is the brother/sisterhood that we share as a family. I have enjoyed traveling to many great regions to train & share knowledge, meeting amazing people with the same WTSDA goals. Physically, I enjoy the concepts and completion of all hyungs.

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

I always enjoyed competing with Kong Sang Koon and Jang Gum Hyung as a Sam Dan.

WTSDA committees or positions:

Region 9 Scholarship Committee

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

I have and have had so many role models within the WTSDA throughout my life. Growing up within the WTSDA has given me many wonderful people to model after. Grandmaster Shin was my greatest role model and I always wanted his approval. Even today, I think about what he accomplished throughout his life and strive to accomplish that balance.

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

I love to travel and was invited to go to Maui, HI. for the Region 1 Pacific Championship and Clinic in 2005. Grandmaster Shin shared a beautiful mediation and ki kong training on the beach one morning. It was the first time I really found meditation.

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

To continue to grow and keep the family values it has always exemplified!

Advice/Words of Wisdom

Youth, teen and/or adult martial artist:

In life, many opportunities will come your way, don't stand by and watch others succeed. Be brave and grab on.

Teaching tips or ways you make classes more exciting:

I try to make my students feel special for the positives they bring to class. Sometimes they get to teach a segment of class, or demonstrate a technique, or maybe learn to be a judge. Excitement is helping students to feel good about themselves when they leave the dojang

Tang Soo!