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

Robert E. Beaudoin

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October 2012 Masters Profile


Name: George William Maybroda Jr.

Rank and date of rank: Sah Dan Master, March 2012

Region and Studio Name & Location: Region # 8,
Maybroda’s Iron Circle Martial Arts in Malvern, PA


Personal Information

Where were you born?

I was born in Wilmington, Delaware a very long time ago.

Family members involved in Tang Soo Do:

I actually have quite a few family member in Tang Soo Do. My wife Jackie is a Sam Dan and she actually trained with my instructor, Master Godwin when she was young so her Dan number is lower than mine.  My brother-in-law, Chris Boyer,  and sister-in-law, Jocelyn Dill are both E Dans.  My daughters Alysha and Julia trained for a while and made it to Cho Dan Bo and my son Zane who is 4 currently trains.

Description of profession or trade outside of Tang Soo Do:

I have been a professional instructor since 1995. Before that I worked for Discover Card Services as a collections representative and customer service trainer. Both have actually helped me quite a bit as a school manager and owner. My first martial arts teaching job was at a studio in Exton, PA which was not part of the WTSDA. At the time I was living in Delaware so that trip was over 2 hours – one way. But I wanted the job so bad I took the position. It only lasted about 6 months but I learned a lot. A year after that I went to work for my current instructor, Master John Godwin and have been doing this exclusively for the past 18 years!!! Wow, I think I need to sit down after coming to that realization.

List your academic accomplishments, military service:

I am a high school graduate and under normal circumstances, I would have end there. However, I went to work for John Godwin who provided me with a Masters Degree in how to successfully run a Martial Arts studio. I worked for him for over 15 years and the man loves to train Martial Arts and Martial Arts Business. As far as the Military I really wished that I had the direction right out of high school to enlist in the Marine Corps. That is one of my regrets in life.

Master Maybroda with his students testing at Dan Testing.

Martial Arts Career

When, where and why you started Tang Soo Do?

My official start date was March 15, 1993. However, I had actually tried an introductory lesson one year before that with Master Rob Kloss. He was an E Dan at the time and I weighed 320 pounds. I felt like he tried to kill me in that introductory lesson. I had previous martial arts experience and was doing my best but I was in a size six Do Bohk that I could bearly get close. In retrospect, it probably wasn’t that bad but I didn’t go back for one year after that. Then on one fateful night I was out by myself and decided to have dinner and see a movie. After ordering probably 40 wings followed by 2 orders of fried cheese, I decided to see “Best of the Best 2” a martial arts movie starring Phillip and Simon Rhee. I got inspired and motivated watching them demonstrate their Korean-style kicking skills. I called Master Kloss the next day and the rest is history.

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

My experience when I first started was awesome. The schools were commercial but still offered a very high degree of training. I was a Tae Kwon Do stylist in the beginning. That was my first exposure to the martial arts and in those circles it was all about fighting. However with Master John Godwin I found exactly what I was looking for. I remember being in a Thursday morning sparring class with three Sam Dans, three E Dans, Master Godwin, and Master Kloss when I was a red belt. The lessons I learned in that arena that have stuck with me and helped make me successful at life. I learned that life can be hard, very hard and seldom fair but in light of that, don’t ask for things to be easier instead seek greater personal strength and ability. That has become the mission of my studio, Iron Circle and we want to help people to grow stronger every day. My fear for the Martial Arts of today is that everything has become too entertainment-based, not too commercial but too soft. It is becoming an “Everybody gets a trophy” activity for a few where expectations are too low - expectations of Instructors for themselves personally and their expectations of their students. Some are too fearful students will quit so they bend the standards which serves no one. I believe we should teach and train as hard as we can. Having high expectations of our students will instill in them our belief that there is greatness inside of each and every one of them waiting to come out.

Other martial arts studied:

As I mentioned I studied Tae Kwon Do from the time I was 12 to 15 years old. I also studied Sin Moo Hap Ki Do while studying Tang Soo Do. I also currently actively train Brazilian Jui Jitsu which I love.

Notable accomplishments in the martial arts field:

Looking back this was my favorite question during interviews. I would rattle off a resume of things that didn’t really mean a whole lot in the grand scheme. Although I have fond memories of tournaments and have received recognition from the business end, my most notable accomplishment is being able to use it to provide a good life for my family and hopefully I have made my instructors proud.

Master Maybroda promoting his son Zane to his new Tiny Tiger rank.

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 importance of putting family and family-priorities above Martial Arts ego and accomplishment. I have seen some Instructors lose the important things in life because they lost sight of the belief that family is everything. I believe that the word “Master” is not an adjective it is actually a verb. It is an action word. You have to constantly do it, pursue it, and train it. The reality is the only thing I have mastered is the belief that I can always be better and stronger.

What is your favorite part of Tang Soo Do?

Kicking and free sparring without hesitation is my favorite part of Tang Soo Do.

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

There are so many but if I had to choose just one it would be the day Jackie Boyer walked into to my Dojang. That day is not only my fondest memory but the day my life would change forever for the better. She is now Jackie Maybroda (in case some of you missed that).

What is your favorite Hyung and why?

I have 2 favorite hyungs, Sae Kye Hyung E Bu and Kong Sang Koon because they have the highest number of side kicks out of all of my hyungs to date.

Who are some of your Role Models in and out of WTSDA?

This list would be too vast and for fear of leaving anyone out, I will just say that anyone who is too stubborn to let go of a dream. They could care less who doesn’t believe because they have such conviction and the guts to find a way to make it happen - That is a role model to me.

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

Traditional Martial Arts has somewhat lost some credibility in the public eye due to the media and the rise of MMA and fighting competition. I would like to see us regain that credibility in the public eye. I would like to see a better balance but mostly it would be nice to be around for the next 30 year.

Master Maybroda and his fellow Masters candidates in 2011. Master Maybroda receiving his promotion to Master.

Advice/Words of Wisdom

Enjoy your training, every second of it. It’s your time. Once those seconds, minutes, and hours are gone, they are gone forever. In life you can replace many things, money, material things, etc. but the one thing you cannot get back is time. Use it wisely. Tang Soo!!