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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November 2013 Masters Profil


Name: Mary Treacy Jansa

Rank and date of rank: Sah Dan Master (2011)

Region and Studio Name & Location: Region #5,
Eagle Academy II, OBT Tang Soo Do and Eagle South

Contact Information:


Personal Information

Where were you born?

I was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Family members involved in Tang Soo Do:

Currently, my husband (Master Dan Jansa) and my son (Brian) and daughter (Bridget) are training.  My brother (Pat Treacy) is the one that started me in the martial arts, he was a black belt and training for seven years when I started.  My niece (Treacy Madden) trained through black belt and left for college, and my nephew trained through brown belt and moved to New York.  My niece Jenna (Pat’s daughter) trained for a year, but distance and schedules never allowed  her to get involved..

Description of profession or trade outside of Tang Soo Do:

My full time profession was in corporate America.  I worked at Accenture for ten years and was a manager in Event Planning (responsible for Client Entertainment and Charity Events).  At that time Accenture had 7,000 employees in the Chicagoland area.  I had the amazing job of managing the sponsorships with the Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks (my favorite), Cubs, Sox, Arlington Racetrack and Ravinia.  As the sponsorship coordinator, I got to bowl with Michael Jordan (and all the Bulls); play catch with Sammy Sosa, Billy Williams and all the Cubs; Golf with all of the old time great sports legends like Mike Ditka, Tiger Woods, Ron Santo, Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and many more.  I also planned musical events at Ravinia and hosted parties with the Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Tony Bennett and more.

As great as that job was, my passion and love was for the martial arts and influencing the lives of students was stronger.  When my two beautiful children came along I could not do it all -  work a demanding  job, run a karate school, teach at park districts and be a mom.  So I decided to take the plunge and give up the dream job (and the pay and the benefits) and teach karate for living.

Now we have two full time studios, still coordinating two park districts and we teach at two academic venues.  We have also have students who open up clubs and schools -  Alyce Deakin at the VA Hospital, Lori Pickle at a Islamic School, Saul Easley (who rejoined the Association as a red belt from Master Bennett’s school) and opened up a club at his church and Adam Theros just recently opened up the WTSDA’s first full time academy in Indiana. This would not have been possible without a lot of help and encouragement from Master John Godwin and many other friends in the Association.

Martial Arts Career

When, where and why you started Tang Soo Do?

Master Dan Jansa was my first instructor and still is 27 years later.  I started my training in February of 1987 in Tang Soo Do and Hapkido at the Villa Park Karate Club. 

Master Treacy-Jansa with her husband Master Dan Jansa and performing hyung on the right.

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

My first impression was that they hurt people in class, and I wanted no part of it.  Now I know that martial arts are a positive way of life for all ages and stages.

Difference between when you first started training and today.

The difference is night and day.  When I first started I said it was always going to be about me.  I would never teach, break a board, do an aerial fall or ever test for black belt.  As my training continued I was either tricked into, talked into or grew enough where I hit all of these challenges and goals.  I often say that the martial arts gave my brother the confidence to become a police officer, because as a child he was very shy and introverted.  On the flip side, the martial arts probably kept me out of jail (kidding), but I was a little more of a risk taker and not a rule follower.  It had more of a stabilizing effect on me.

Any other martial arts studied?

I study and teach Hapkido full time and have since I was a white belt.  I have and will continue take as many seminars and classes when ever available, I still love being a student in the martial arts.


Grandmaster Shin, Grandmaster Beaudoin and Master Strong with the Ko Dan Ja women at the 2010 Master's Clinic.

Master Treacy-Jansa is in the back row behind Grandmaster Shin.

Tang Soo Do Career

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

My paper was on the pros and cons of running a martial arts school with two complete systems of martial arts.  I wrote this paper as a suggestion from Grandmaster Shin.

What is your favorite part of Tang Soo Do?

I love the people, love the training and now I love the teaching and sharing.

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

My favorite form is always the one I am working on at the moment.  When I am teaching a form, I say this is my favorite form until we move on to the next one and then I tell my students that this is my favorite form. But if I had to pick a form, it would be Jindo or Jion.

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

I have so many, it would take a book. 

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

I have many favorite memories and all of them involve the time I spend with friends and families. I have awesome memories with Grandmaster Shin at our Regional Dinner Dances, and the stories he shared when the weekends were over and we sat at the airport.  Mostly making so many friends from around the world, and have a family reunion every year at the World Championships; and now every year at the Master’s Camp.

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

I hope that WTSDA continues to progress, grow and change!

Master Treacy-Jansa and Master Jansa with their students at their 2012 Annual Black Belt lunch.

Advice/Words of Wisdom

Youth, teen and/or adult martial artist:

My words of wisdom are always remain a student.

Teaching tips or ways you make classes more exciting:

The best way to make classes more exciting is to re-energize yourself by taking classes. This helps you remember why you teach Tang Soo Do.

Tang Soo!