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

Robert E. Beaudoin

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November 2014 Masters Profile


Name: Edward Stumm III

Rank and date of rank: Sah Dan Master (October, 2013)

Region and Studio Name & Location: Region #8,
East Coast Karate Institute, Glen Mills, PA


Personal Information

Where were you born?

I was born in Philadelphia, PA.

Description of profession or trade outside of Tang Soo Do:

I am a full time martial arts instructor and owner at East Coast Karate Institute.

Master Stumm and his brother-in-law Master Michael DiPietro. Grandmaster Beaudoin and Master Stumm at his promotion in 2013.

Martial Arts Career

When, where and why you started Tang Soo Do?

I began my martial arts training in 1992 at Shin Karate Institute on Oregon Avenue in Philadelphia.  I was 11 years old at the time and had wanted to train in martial arts ever since I had watched the 'Karate Kid' as a younger child.  I also really loved the Ninja Turtles.  My parents gave me martial arts lessons as a Christmas gift because they knew how much I wanted to study. I became a member of the SWAT team when I was a blue belt and assisted in teaching classes. In 1997 Master DiPietro opened East Coast Karate Institute and from that point on I has been a full time instructor, devoting my time and energy to the school.

Any other martial arts studied?

Throughout my years of training I have branched out and studied a few other styles, namely a little Judo, some Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and some Boxing.  As much as Tang Soo Do is a great basis for any martial artist, I do believe that every style has its strengths. I am able to add a little bit of those strengths to my regular training. I believe this enhances my ability as a martial artist as a whole.

Tang Soo Do Career

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

During all my years training and instructing I have observed many different students come in at various skill levels and abilities.  What I have always loved about the martial arts is how, no matter what your reason for training is, it meets everyone’s needs. Every person who ties on a belt and steps onto the mat becomes a better person because of it.  I have observed over the years how what we do as martial arts instructors has a very big impact on the students who train under us.  I have also worked with many different students with various levels of special needs – and I have always felt that martial arts was one of the best things these kids could do.  At first when I was trying to decide what to write my thesis on I really had a hard time trying to figure it out.  I had no idea what to write about until a parent of one of my special needs students said something to me that I will never forget.  She said, “You have done more for my child in such a short period of time than the last couple years of therapy did for him.”  After hearing that my decision was simple.  My thesis was “ Special Needs in the Martial Arts” because I think that it is important for people to understand how vital it is to open the doors to these students and how much we can change their lives.

What is your favorite part of Tang Soo Do?

I enjoy being a positive influence in the lives of my students, as my instructors were for me. I owe a great deal to Tang Soo Do since it helped to keep me out of trouble and off the streets when I was younger.


Master Stumm with his students (left) and his son, Luca (right).

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

I have always enjoyed Kong Sang Koon. I like the way the tempo and pacing change within the form and the way the moves flow well from one to another. There are sections of this form that seem simple when you first learn it, but I find even now, after years of training, there are still new aspects that I can pull from it and new applications I can find. I have also competed many times with this form and placed every time. It's a form I believe I have a good understanding of and look forward to teaching others as well.

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

My role model is my brother-in-law Master Michael DiPietro who passed away in 2008.  If I could aspire to be like anyone in the association, past or present, I would love to be just half the man he was.  As a martial artist, he was one of the best. As a business man everything he touched turned to gold. And as a father and husband, everything and anything he did was done for his family.

What are your future goals in WTSDA?

My future goal within the WTSDA is to continue to be able to enhance the lives of the students that choose to be a part of the World Tang Soo Do family. My goals have shifted from being more "me" focused to being more centered on how I can impact those I come into contact with. I believe it's still important for me to continue to grow and develop in my martial arts training, and growth and knowledge acquisition, but it takes a second seat to being able to make a difference in others. I have learned over the years, especially from my time under Master DiPietro, that the impact we make on others can be long lasting and life changing. I believe that the more we as instructors adopt that mind set, the more of a difference we as individuals will make in our schools, and collectively will make in the world as the World Tang Soo Do Association.

Master Stumm and ECKI Instructors celebrating the studio's 10 year anniversary in 2007.

Advice/Words of Wisdom

My advice to anyone looking to be an instructor or teacher is to make sure that when you are teaching not just to go out and do your job, but to go out there and show your passion and that you love doing what you do.  People can sense that – and that makes a difference in being just a mediocre instructor and a great instructor who really makes a difference in the lives of his students. Show your students and parents the value of your program, and keep showing them the value of your program even when they have been with you for years.  When they see it and believe in it, they will stay around and recommend others to come.

Tang Soo!