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

Robert E. Beaudoin

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October 2014 Masters Profile


Name: Derrick DeOcampo Nevado

Rank and date of rank: Sah Dan (2013)

Region and Studio Name & Location: Region #21,
Nevado Karate Arts located in Jacksonville, FL

Contact Information:


Personal Information

Where were you born?

I was born in San Diego, California.

Family members involved in Tang Soo Do:

My whole family is involved in Tang Soo Do: my dad, SCPO Virgilio Nevado (retired from the U.S. Navy), is a Sah Dan; my mom, Marilyn, is currently in the process of being promoted to Sah Dan; my two daughters, Mariah and Monica, are both Cho Dan Bo looking to test for Cho Dan in the Fall of 2014; and my wife, Orlene, although not currently taking classes, is an instrumental part of managing the school and handling all of the paperwork. Lastly, I would also like to mention my brother, Russell Nevado. He was a Sam Dan and the Chief Instructor of Nevado Karate Arts. He was invited to the Masters Clinic a couple times but was unable to attend due to a conflict with his work schedule. Unfortunately he passed away in 2007, but was awarded his honorary Sah Dan rank at his funeral.

Description of profession or trade outside of Tang Soo Do:

Outside of my Tang Soo Do training, I was a Senior Graphic Designer in Marketing & Communications for 9.5 years at Allstate Benefits and recently moved on to becoming a Senior Implementation Manager for the same insurance company.

List your academic accomplishments, military service:

Graduated (Cum Laude) from the University of North Florida in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts/Graphic Design. I was also accepted to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Police Academy in 2005 but went on to pursue a career in Graphic Design.

Master Nevado and his parents Marilyn and Virgilio Nevado. Master Nevado and his wife Orlene and daughters Mariah and Monica.

Martial Arts Career

When, where and why you started Tang Soo Do?

My interest in martial arts started as a young child. I remember stumbling upon a Bruce Lee movie during Kung Fu theatre one day after my normal Saturday morning cartoons. I was so amazed that one man could take on, what seemed to be at that time, an army of martial artists with a just a simple pair of nunchucks. I told myself, “I want to be THAT guy!” Being undersized for most of my childhood, kids would try to constantly pick on me so I made sure to build up a reputation that I actually knew karate. I remember one time in elementary school a fellow classmate, who was already taking karate classes, wanted to challenge me to a fight. I agreed and told him, “Tomorrow, after school, on the lawn next to the new building.” That day finally came and I was ready… I remember running to my backpack and pulling out a pair of homemade nunchucks (made with the cardboard inside of a roll of paper towel, stuffed with sheets of old newspaper for weight, and held together by a piece of yarn and tape). I envisioned myself as being Bruce Lee himself as I gracefully moved that pair of ‘chucks up and down and around my body just as I had once seen in that movie. While in motion, I noticed that my challenger had run off in fear, and the fight was over before it even started. I thought to myself, “Wow! I really scared him with my moves!” Proud of myself, I turned around to put my ‘chucks away only to discover that the only reason he had ran away was because there was a teacher standing there the whole time! Next thing I remembered was being yanked by my shirt straight to the principal’s office with a call to my mother.

Fast forward to day after class, permission slips were handed out for different afterschool activities. One of those activities happened to be a Tang Soo Do self-defense class. Excited, I remember begging my mom to allow me to take classes, promising to not get into any more trouble. She agreed and signed my brother and me up for classes. The instructor teaching those classes was Kevin Case, an amazing martial artist and instructor. Regardless of the short lessons, we were both so captivated by his moves and knowledge and were eager to learn more. He mentioned to us about his studio which at that time was not too far down the road from our school. We convinced our mom to take us to his studio, and almost immediately, we were signed up as students of the Jacksonville Tang Soo Do Academy. Not too much longer after that, my mom, who was always involved in all our activities growing up, also decided to sign up for classes. Shortly after, my dad would be the next to follow.

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

I was definitely intimidated walking into Kevin Case’s studio for the first time. Throughout the years he groomed me to be the martial artist that I am today by teaching me confidence and leadership skills. My intimidation eventually turned into anticipation. I could not wait to go to class and looked forward to becoming a better martial artist. Now, my anticipations are to make my students better martial artists. I look forward to making a positive impact in the lives of my students just as my instructor has done for me.

Any other martial arts studied?

I have attended seminars in Jeet Kune Do and Split Second Survival.

Master Nevado and his creativty team at the 2010 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 Master’s thesis was on the comparisons/differences between traditional sparring and street fighting. What I’ve learned is that sparring is an important part of our martial arts training however, much like the repetitive techniques we practice in class, sparring should be treated more as a drill. Every exercise we practice in class, whether traditional or modern, serves its purpose. Sparring serves as a way to work on many combative skills such as timing, accuracy, distancing and focus and should never be interpreted as one’s true representation of their ability to defend themselves out on the streets. I’ve also learned that we should not let sparring give us a false sense of security. We must understand that sparring in class or in competition is bound by rules and that there is room for error. Although mixed martial arts can be more brutal than traditional point sparring, rules still apply in those sports as well.

In a true street fight, there are no rules, anything goes. One mistake can be the meaning of life or death. And unfortunately, a street fight can occur anytime, anyplace. We must always expect the unexpected. Through our training as martial artists, we are more likely to keep a cool head. A calm mind is necessary to assess the situation and if possible, de-escalate the situation. If you can talk your way out of a fight, that would be the ideal result. As Mr. Han (from the Karate Kid) would say, “The best fights are the ones we avoid.”

What is your favorite part of Tang Soo Do?

My favorite part of Tang Soo Do is being an instructor and having the opportunity to pass on the tradition to my students and hopefully make an impact in their lives to continue to pass it down to their students one day.  

WTSDA committees or positions:

I am the WTSDF Scholarship Chair for Region 21.

Difference between when you first started training and today? 

When I first started, my goal was to emulate the martial artists that I idolized and become exactly like them. As you progress in your training, you begin to realize that you should never strive to be exactly like someone else, but rather, strive to be best that YOU can be. As you become an instructor, you stop thinking about yourself and focus on helping your students reach their potential as martial artists.

Master Nevado demonstrating his flying side kick break.

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

My favorite Hyung would have to be Bassai because it was the first Hyung that piqued my interest to start thinking about hyung applications. As for my favorite weapon, nunchucks for the obvious reason mentioned above…plus it helps to build endurance and coordination.

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

My role models are my parents for all the sacrifices that they have made throughout the years for my brother and me; my brother for giving me the inspiration, even after death, to keep Nevado Karate Arts going strong not only for myself but for my family and all of our students; the Masters and Senior Instructors of Region 21; Grandmaster Beaudoin, Grandmaster Strong, and all the Senior Masters for their leadership and dedication to WTSDA; and lastly, Grandmaster Shin for his contribution in sharing this beautiful art of Tang Soo Do to the world, you will always be in our hearts. “One More Time!”

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

Some of my favorite moments in WTSDA include: being able to test and moving up through the ranks with my family; finally earning my Black Belt and having to go through our Black Belt Initiation; the numerous demos, Black Belt camps, Regional Events, and World Championships; watching my brother, mom, dad, and my kids compete; sparring with my brother in the semi-final round at World Championship and losing to him; finally winning the Region 21 Cup in my brother’s honor and watching my students and even my dad also becoming cup winners as well; spending time with Grandmaster Shin as his security and having conversations with him that were non-martial arts related; participating in creativity themed demos such as: Mortal Kombat, the Matrix, and Kung Fu Theater; opening the door to Nevado Karate Arts commercial location; receiving an invitation to attend the Masters Clinic from Grandmaster Shin for the first time and eventually attending the Masters Clinic with my mom and dad; having Grandmaster Strong present my Sah Dan Master promotion in front of Region 21 and my family, being able to tie my dad’s 4th Dan Black Belt around his waist and hopefully my mom soon…

What are your future goals in WTSDA?

My future goals in WTSDA are to continue spreading the beautiful art of Tang Soo Do and to ensure that that the art lives on through my children and their children as well. I hope to one day travel to other countries and train with other WTSDA Masters/Instructors from around the world.

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

I wish nothing but the best and continued success for WTSDA. I look forward to WTSDA staying strong as an organization and lasting another 30 years and more!

Grandmaster Beaudoin and Masters from Region 21 - (from left to right) Masters Brian Califf, Scott Sandt, Jan Lappin, Grandmaster Beaudoin, Masters Ron Raver, Matt Hutchinson and Derrick Nevado.

Advice/Words of Wisdom

Youth, teen and/or adult martial artist:

It is not important to be the best at everything. Even if you are only good at one or two things, you should strive to be the best at those things. Practice, repetition, and more practice. I believe Bruce Lee said it best, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times”.

Teaching tips or ways you make classes more exciting:

As an instructor, you should try to keep a “student’s mentality” meaning you should never stop learning. Sometimes your students can be the best teachers. They will let you know where you are as an instructor. Keep up with the times and trends so that you can relate your teachings to your students, but never forget your fundamentals. Most importantly, have fun and love what you do!

Tang Soo!