The World Tang Soo Do Association

A True "World" Organization


Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin
(December 20, 1936 - July 9, 2012)

Robert E. Beaudoin

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September 2014 Masters Profile


Name: Daniel J. Farrelly

Rank and date of rank: Sah Dan Master (2014)

Region and Studio Name & Location: Region #9,
Beaudoin Academy of Karate and Waterbury Youth Services, Waterbury, CT


Personal Information

Where were you born?

I was born in Waterbury, CT.

Family members involved in Tang Soo Do:

My older brother, who was the reason I joined Tang Soo Do, is a Cho Dan who recently started training again, my niece is a red belt, and fiance is a Sam Dan.

Description of profession or trade outside of Tang Soo Do:

I am a computer science engineer working on software and hardware testing.  I also started teaching as an adjuct professor for the University of New Haven.

List your academic accomplishments, military service:

I have a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a Masters of Science in Computer Systems Engineering from RPI at Hartford.

Master Farrelly and his fiance, Lauren Russo at a Region 9 Championship.

Martial Arts Career

When, where and why you started Tang Soo Do?

I first started training when I was five but had to stop after a year and a half due to undiagnosed learning disabilities causing first grade to be very difficult.  I promised myself I would come back and get my black belt.  I returned in 1990 and started over as a white belt.  I will always remember the day my mom brought me back to the academy to start again and KCN Beaudoin was there. He remember me and was excited that I was returning.

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

My first impressions when I started was WOW, these guys are like superheroes.  They are jumping over people and doing flying side kicks, they are doing forms with amazing speed and power. I remember watching the Masters training and doing demos and just saying they are awesome, I want to be like them.  I try to set that example of my students now, hopefully inspiring them like those Masters did for me.

Any other martial arts studied?

Over the years I have attended many clinics in other martial arts but Tang Soo Do has always been my focus.

Notable accomplishments or future goals in the martial arts field?

I was the first winner of the Region 9 Scholorship and I was the 2014 WTSDA Hall of Fame Instructor of the Year.

Master Farrelly with his students after a Dan Testing.

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 the history and depictions of martial arts in film and popular cultural.  I learned that the depiction of martial arts changes over time. Sometimes it is hyper-realistic and sometimes it’s unrealistic. Sometimes the true philosophy of the martial arts is represented well, other times its completely absent. Most importantly I learned that as martial arts instructors, we need to be aware of how we are being depicted in popular culture because that is the impression that our potential students will have in their minds.  We want our students thinking of us more as Mr. Miyagi or Master Splinter than Cobra Kai or the Shredder.

What is your favorite part of Tang Soo Do?

My favorite part is the friendship and camaraderie that we share.  Some of my best friends are people that I have trained with, competed with, grown up with.

WTSDA committees or positions:

My one of my primary roles in WTSDA, is organizing and coordinating the Waterbury Youth Services Tang Soo Do program.  This a program for youths that could not afford or get transportation to attended normal classes.  All the teaching is done by a group of volunteers and the program is supported by grants and donations.  Another role is coordinating and leading KCN Beaudoin’s school while he travels and is busy growing WTSDA around the world.   Accomplishing both of these roles is only possible with a great set of instructors and black belts.  My last major role is planning both of the Region 9 black belt clinics.

Master Farrelly breaking ice at a demonstration.

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

I personally enjoy almost all of our hyungs and love learning new ones. Learning the history and the philosphy of a hyung is one of my favorite parts of Tang Soo Do.

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

I have several, one of them has to be my first World Championship in 1994 in Orlando, it was amazing to see that my people all together to do Tang Soo Do. Another favorite memory was going to Argentina with KCN Beaudoin and Master E. Valentin in 2005 for the Latin American Masters Clinic.  This trip was just one adventure after another.  From our flight being delayed over 2 hours leaving JFK, to missing our connecting flight due to the delay,  to the very long bus ride back to Buenos Aires during which the wheels fell of the bus and had us stuck on the side of the highway while they found the tires and new lug nuts to secure them, and to being asked to be a conductor at the black belt test only in Korean since I don’t speak Spanish.

One of my most important memories of having the honor of carrying KCN Beaudoin’s sword for him during his promotion to Grandmaster.  I never realized how long the Greensboro Coliseum was until that moment.

What are your future goals in WTSDA?

My goals in WTSDA are to continue to grow and improve personally and hopefully improve others as I do this.  I hope that I can be the inspiration to some of my students that my instructors were to me when I was in their position

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

I hope the we continue to grow and change with the times but that we never lose the standards that we have kept and have made WTSDA one of the premier martial arts organizations in the world.

Master Farrelly with Grandmaster Beaudoin before his promotion at the 2010 World Championship.

Advice/Words of Wisdom

Youth, teen and/or adult martial artist:

I tell my students all the time when they say “sorry” for making a mistake on a technique.  Never apologies in Tang Soo Do for making a mistake. Your job as a student is to make mistakes without making mistakes, we do not improve.

Teaching tips or ways you make classes more exciting:

When teaching, I always try to put myself in the position of the students taking a class. If I would be bored or not be having fun in the class then it is time to change what we are doing. If I wouldn’t be enjoying it, most likey they are not either.

Tang Soo!