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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October 2015 Masters Profile


Name: Christian Hernan Alvarez

Rank and date of rank: Sah Dan Master (2007)

Region and Studio Name & Location: Region 12; Alvarez Studio Karate, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contact Information:


Personal Information

Where were you born?

I was born on July 30, 1976 in Florencio Varela, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Family members involved in Tang Soo Do:

Family members who train in Tang Soo Do include my children Franco  (E Dan) and Agustin (Cho Dan).

Description of profession or trade outside of Tang Soo Do:

I am employed at Argentine Airlines as a Customs Transport agent and Instructor IATA.

Master Alvarez and his students.

Martial Arts Career

When, where and why you started Tang Soo Do?

When I was 6 years old, my father wanted me to learn martial arts in order to be physically fit and learn how to defend myself. He had a few friends who practiced Tang Soo Mu Duk Kwan and asked them to take me to their school. This was when I started Tang Soo Do and have never stop training from that moment. My first Instructor in Wilde was Carlos Alasia. I trained there for approximately two years before I continued my training with the Sah Bmn Oscar Dumanski who was my Instructor for many years until he left the Association. The early years of training was part of the Mu Duk Kwan until 1988 we became affiliated with WTSDA.

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

In those days the workouts were very hard. We looked to practitioners as people with strong character and an unyielding personality. Today there have been changes, Grandmaster Shin taught us that a teacher, Instructor or student should proceed with kindness, friendliness and positive expressions, without forgetting the foundations of respect.

Difference between when you first started training and today.

There were many changes and I think that the majority of them must be attributed to the training and the growth of each one of us as individuals, as practitioners and mentors of the art of the Tang Soo Do. We must always be prepared to learn and to assimilate the wisdom and knowledge that generates change that lets us grow and apply it in our daily life. REMEMBER: wise is not the know-it-all, but one that has the ability to learn! Set for your goals and work to achieve them!

Any other martial arts studied?

I have participated in courses, classes and seminars in Aikido, JuJitSu, GumDo and boxing. But it's always been Tang Soo Do - Mu Duk Kwan until 1988 then World Tang Soo Do for the rest of my life!

Master Alvarez with Grandmaster Shin (left) and Master Dercole (right) in 1989.

Tang Soo Do Career

What was your Master’s thesis on, why did you choose it, and what did you learn from it?

My Oh Dan thesis was entitled " PEDAGOGICS ON THE EDUCATION, LEARNING AND ITS PRACTICES”. I chose it because it is a very important topic to me and those who devote themselves to teaching. This thesis examines the instructor as a teacher and gives us fundamental guidelines that have to be taken into account for our classes to be successful. Good planning allows us to be successful with obtaining our goals whether it is in an examination, a tournament or something else.

What is your favorite part of Tang Soo Do?

In the beginning of my training I became obsessed with sparring, it was my passion. I loved to compete. While wearing the protective equipment, the only thing I had in mind was to my opponent, but always as healthy competition without the intent to hurt. Over the years I came to realized that practicing our hyungs was an essential part to improve sparring. My passion is now shared between hyungs and sparring. Today my favorite part is the practice of hyung, combat education.

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

My favorite hyungs are the Bassai and Kong Sang Koon. I think these two hyungs combine everything you learned over the years and I considered them excellent to improve my train. They use force and power, slow and rapid movements, balance and requires a high degree of concentration when performing them. My favorite weapon is the Jang Gum: it requires much training to master, but when one succeeds, it is very safe and transmits respect and personality of its holder.

Master Alvarez - Grand Championship Cup in 2002.

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

Over the years I have met many teachers, trainers and practitioners that were good role models and served as my guide to grow as a person, as s student and as a teacher of Tang Soo Do. There are many and I do not want to forget any of them, but the best example is Grandmaster Shin. He is characterized by his peace and humility that supported everyone. He provided us with his wisdom martial and served as an example for all of us to follow. Others who have inspired my in my path are Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee.

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

I have many outstanding memories to mention:

  • My first class when I was introduced to Tang soo Do
  • When I met the Grandmaster Shin and Master Dercole in 1988
  • When I won the 2001 Grand Champion Cup in Chile
  • My first World Championship in 1992.
  • My first Masters Clinic
  • And many memories sharing this passion with friends!

What are your future goals in WTSDA?

My goals are to continue training, learning, and providing everything in my power to ensure that Tang Soo Do schools, instructor and students have the opportunity to grow and improve. In a nutshell we need to go forward and continue the work that initiated and developed by Grandmaster Shin. In his absence, this responsibility belongs to all of us!!!!

Advice/Words of Wisdom

Youth, teen and/or adult martial artist:

Leaders must set goals, study, train, teach and inspire the next generation by example. We must always think setting goals are the starting point for what we can achieve in the future.

The phrase "can't" is for those who don't even want to try it, accomplishing it will depend on the effort exerted.

Teaching tips or ways you make classes more exciting:

  • A mentor should train and have an in-depth understanding of what he teaches, to make classes more agile and not create doubts.
  • Our life is Tang Soo Do, but as people of integrity we have to acquire external knowledge, other arts or sports for that future generations will find in the then the answers to your questions or needs and an excellent training.
  • Learn about your students, their strengths, their capabilities and limitations. This allows us to plan classes to help them grow, evolve and achieve their goals.
Motivate -Encourge - Highlight Achievements- Congratulate - Be Grateful, respectful and kind

Tang Soo!