The World Tang Soo Do Association

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

Robert E. Beaudoin

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December 2012 Masters Profile



Name: Darrell Matthew Ochs (although I go by Matt)

Rank and date of rank: Oh Dan, promoted 2006

Region and Studio Name & Location: Region # 5,
Grand Tradition Martial Arts, Inc.  Fenton, MI  

Contact Information:


Personal Information

Where were you born?

I was born in Flint, Michigan, USA.

Family members involved in Tang Soo Do:

Family members in Tang Soo Do include Sam Goldman (14 years old) , Sarah Goldman (12 years old), and Rylee Paige Ochs (9 years old) and they are all 8th gups.

Description of profession or trade outside of Tang Soo Do:

I am a national Franchise Broker/Owner of 2 Keller Williams Realty Offices ,as well as an Investor.

Academic Accomplishments:

I am a Licensed Real Estate Broker in State of Michigan and Certified Keller Williams Realty Trainer/Business Coach.



Master Ochs demonstrating an effective take-down at the Masters Clinic.

Martial Arts Career

When, where and why you started Tang Soo Do?

I actually started Tae Kwon Do in 2nd grade (about 7years old) since that’s all that was available in my area; I trained for about 6 months before the instructor just disappeared. Then in 7th grade when I was 13, I found Master Michael Romines, 5th Dan in Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan/Tae Kwon Do ITF and WTF in Clio, Michigan. Master Chris Anderson was a 2nd Gup Red Belt then, and assisted in the running of the school.

I really joined at the time because I wanted to be tough. I was the youngest in my neighborhood and my older brother and his buddies pushed me around a lot and picked on me in sports. My first impression was that martial arts was just something very mysterious and very cool. I liked the mystique.  I have learned over time that you train in the martial arts so you don’t have to fight, and that you can choose to be incognito. Besides that, people still seem to think martial arts are very cool and mysterious.

Difference between when you first started training and today?

There are so many differences in me since when I first started training. I think most of all I’ve calmed down a lot!  I’ve learned to relax and not be so tense and intense all the time. I think I probably scared some people away when I first started training.  Not that they were necessarily physically intimidated by me, but that I was just so 'in their face' and shoving my ideas down everyone’s throat. That I’m sure I turned some people off. I have slowed down and calmed down a ton!

Accomplishments in martial arts:

My biggest accomplishment in martial arts (with a lot of help) is the impact I’ve had on Region 5 and the development of the people within it.  We’ve promoted hundreds of Dans, built some great citizens, and positively impacted the lives of thousands of men, women, and children. That’s really important to me, more than any awards!.


Master Ochs breaking demonstration during the 2012 World Championship.

Other martial arts studied:

I’ve was an all conference wrestler, studied judo, Sho bu do Jiu jitsu, Gracie system a bit, and Combatives (ancient and modern weaponry). If I had found Jiu jitsu prior to Tang Soo Do I might have pushed that way since I’m very stocky and a decent grappler. But I found and love Tang Soo Do and would never leave.


Masters Chris Anderson, Matt Ochs, Michael Kaye and Al Brace.

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 Ki Gong. I have always been fascinated with the power of the mind.  Most people believe we as martial artists possess mystical powers. I believe we all do. It’s just a matter of finding the key to unlock that gift, and different people have different abilities to focus. However, I do have a hard time comprehending that someone can move objects with their mind. That is a very deep subject however!

What is your favorite part of Tang Soo Do?

My favorite part of Tang Soo Do is the physical workouts, sweating, and the self defense.  I love having the confidence to know I can take care of myself and my family if push came to shove.

What is your favorite Hyung and why?

My favorite Hyung is Kong Sang Koon. I like the dynamic movements and the strong powerful moves. I cherish that it is the one hyung Grandmaster Shin personally taught me when I first came back to the Association, or re-taught me. As Master’s, we received a lot of instruction on that hyung from him.

WTSDA committees or positions:

I have been Region #5 Director, I was on the book Advanced Hyungs Technical advisory committee, World Little Dragon’s Program Development. I have also sponsored many Regional Events, Clinics, and Championships.

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

Of course Grandmaster Shin is the best role model in history! I’ve learned a lot from working side by side with him over the years and running events and dealing with people. My next favorite role model is Master John Godwin!  I was a very young Gup when I first saw John Godwin. Master Godwin had always embodied the confidence and wisdom of a legendary Master, performed like an all star, and has been down to earth enough to laugh and share it all! He was my inspiration for opening my first professional school! It was a goal I had after watching him perform in the 80’s in Livonia, Michigan. There are so many more, I am humbled to be in the company of them so frequently. There are times I’m laughing and joking around at functions that I actually stop and wonder what I’m doing there with the likes of Master Mujahid Khan, Jeff Green, Larry Wick, Grandmaster Beaudoin, Michael Kaye, Jerry Stine, and so many more. It’s truly an honor.


Master Ochs and other high ranking Masters at the dedication of the new WTSDA headquarters in Burlington, NC on July 22, 2012.

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

One of my favorite WTSDA memory is the traveling to the WTSDA World European Championships. We took a team of almost 50 to Scotland and Wales twice. We forged some lifelong friendships there that are unshakable!  I feel so blessed to have experienced that and made those friendships.   Along with that some very close personal discussions with Grandmaster Shin… he was always very unguarded around smaller groups and shared himself freely. He was always so approachable.  My absolute favorite memory is sitting in the airport cantina with him sharing a beer and nachos discussing the previous weekend events.

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

As we roll in the next 30 years, I look forward to being major part of the continued development and growth of the WTSDA. My hopes and vision is that we continue to be the premiere Tang Soo Do organization in the world. I also hope we get more precise in our techniques, values, and culture of helping one another in any way possible.

Advice/Words of Wisdom

Several words of wisdom which have helped me include:

  • Constantly empty your cup so you have more room to fill it…
  • Don’t stop learning, and it’s not a race.
  • As Dr. John Maxwell would say…”leaders are not built in a day, they are built daily.” 
  • Persevere, never quit.

Tang Soo!