The World Tang Soo Do Association

A True "World" Organization


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

Robert E. Beaudoin

The road to the Master belt requires many years of service and dedication to the WTSDA. In 2015 the WTSDA had over 200 active masters. But what does it take to be a WTSDA Master? As gup students we advance through the ranks by demonstrating given techniques and specific hyungs. After several years depending upon our own perserverance, we advance to the Black belt ranks. Here we continue to develop and refine our skills, assist with teaching gup students and begin a more in-depth examination of our art. Achieving Ko Dan Ja (4th Dan and above) requires an individual who is well rounded in all aspects of Tang Soo Do (physical, mental and spiritual). Characteristics of Ko Dan Ja include technical and non-technical skills and knowledge, good character, committment, dedication, and loyalty. Ko Dan Ja practice lifelong learning as well as passing this knowledge to students.

'The belt of a Sah Dan Master has a red line through the center of the black to further signify dedication to transferring the Art to future generations. The red color represents blood, life, seed and the power to reproduction. A Master is responsible for maintaining and transmitting Tang Soo Do and is an instructor of instructors. The journey through the Dan ranks marks a progression of skill and growing dedication to the Art. A Master is a professional martial artist who devotes his or her life to Tang Soo Do. To receive the rank of Master, one must swear with a Master's sword the pledge of total dedication for the rest of one's life.'

Traditional Tang Soo Do. Volume VI The Master's Training Text by Jae C. Shin

Tang Soo!

Click on the map to find the WTSDA masters. The some locations are approximate.