The World Tang Soo Do Association

A True "World" Organization

 

























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



















Grandmaster
Robert E. Beaudoin

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December 2014 Masters Profile
In loving memory of Master Mark Causerano
May 5, 1959 - October 27, 2014


On October 27, 2014, the WTSDA lost Master Mark Causerano, true warrior, after a long and hard-fought battle against cancer. He was dedicated, talented, loyal, a great friend and teacher. A Charter Member of the WTSDA and one of our most senior masters (7th Dan at 52 years of age), Master Causerano was a practitioner and instructor of traditional Tang Soo Do and responsible for helping Region 8 maintain its status as the Association’s “Standard Bearer”. He was a close confidant of Grandmaster Shin and helped establish what has become the design of regional activity throughout the Association.

Anyone who ever trained with him has a story about his challenging classes. Thank God he had a sense of humor that could sometimes mellow the intensity of his classes. Always kind and generous with his time, Master Causerano held a special place in the hearts of his students, instructors, masters, and Association members worldwide. He will be missed.

On a personal note, while his disease took from him the things he loved the most he never complained. Throughout the course of his illness, he lost his ability to swallow and eventually to speak, he was not angry and managed his best with great courage. We spoke of the possibility that he might not survive this ordeal and talked of other friends who had left us such as Masters Michael DiPietro and Rob Massaroni. He said, with a smile, that Grandmaster Shin must be building a Headquarters in Heaven and probably needs his help.

I can say knowing him has enriched my life and I will miss his friendship, guidance, and his 5th grade humor. Like all great teachers, he will continue to inspire and motivate many.

Tang Soo!

Master Frank Fattori, student of Master Mark Causerano


December 2014 Masters Profile


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Name: Mark Charles Causerano

Rank and date of rank: Chil Dan (2010)

Region and Studio Name & Location: Region #8,
Tang Soo Do Karate Academy I & II

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Personal Information

Where were you born?

I was born in Philadelphia, PA.

Family members involved in Tang Soo Do:

My son Mark, who is now in the US Marines is an E Dan.

Description of profession or trade outside of Tang Soo Do:

I teach Tang Soo Do full time and have done so since 1984.

List your academic accomplishments, military service:

I have a BA in Psychology from Widener University.

Master Causerano's flying side kick.

Martial Arts Career

When, where and why you started Tang Soo Do?

I started martial arts with my sister, Carla in 1972. Martial arts were about to expode in the United States with the new "kung fu" craze spearheaded by an unknown named Bruce Lee. My mother saw an ad in the paper for karate classes at a church in southwest Philadelphia. Shortly after we signed up, the original instructor left and was replaced by Master Young H. Kwon. This started my 41 year relationship with Grandmaster Shin and Tang Soo Do.

Difference between when you first started training and today.

Classes were 2 to 3 hours long - Hard, intense training was the norm. Training was geared toward conditioning and fighting. Subsequently when I tested for Master in 1987, I was at that time the youngest master in our orgainzation.

Any other martial arts studied?

I have also studied Kodokan judo.

 

Masters John Godwin, Louis Castelli, Nate Gordon, Mark Causerano, Brian Fisher, Frank Fattori, Kevin Robinson and Vince Melchoirre.

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 development of Tang Soo and my impressions and training since I was a preteen to adult age. From writing my thesis, I got a new perspective on training and attitude in the martial arts.

WTSDA positions or committees:

I am currently Chairman of the WTSDA Membership Committee and a member of the Board of Directors. Prior position included Chairman of the Testing Committee. In Region 8, I was the Regional Coordinator in the late 1980s to early 1990s.

What is your favorite part of Tang Soo Do?

My favorite part of training is the hyungs. Everything we strive for in Tang Soo Do can be seen in the practice of hyngs especially focus and self defense to name a few.

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

My favorite hyungs are still the Ki Cho Hyungs because they teach the students the importance of the basics.

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

My role models are Grandmaster Shin, Grandmaster Beaudoin, Master Steve Chambliss and Master John Beam. I consider all the senior Master as role models.

 

Masters Mark Causerano, Kevin Robinson, Frank Fattori and Rich Arteca during a Masters demonstration at Region 8 Dan Clinic.

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

My favorite memories include attending the first Masters Camp and subsequent camps plus the World Championships. One of my favorites is being promoted to Chil Dan (7th) while GrandMaster Shin and Grandmaster Beaudoin were also being promoted at the 2010 World Championship.

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

I am here to help the WTSDA stay and become a leader in martial arts.

Master Causerano's Oh Dan promotion with Grandmaster Shin (left), his Chil Dan promotion with Grandmaster Shin (center) and Grandmaster Beaudoin (right).

Advice/Words of Wisdom

Youth, teen and/or adult martial artist:

My words of advice is - Do it, don't hope or try. Winners in life 'do', those who don't only 'hope' or 'try'.

Masters Ismael Roman, Michelle Avallone and Mark Causerano.

Tang Soo!

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