Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin
1936 - 2012
Pin # 698
Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin is one of the most
recognized names in Tang Soo Do today.
Born in Korea in 1936, Grandmaster Shin was
12 years old when he began training in Tang Soo Do under Grandmaster
Hwang Kee. By the time he was a Cho Dan, he was already an assistant
instructor at the central gym. He was recruited to the Korean Air Force
in 1958 and while there began teaching American soldiers.
He came to the U.S. in 1968 as a
representative of the Korean Soo Bahk Do Association and formed the U.S.
Tang Soo Do Association at Grandmaster Hwang Kee's request. That same
year, Black Belt Magazine honored him by devoting a full chapter to him
in the book, "20th Century Warriors," putting him in the company of the
most legendary martial arts figures ever.
In 1982, he founded what is now the
largest Tang Soo Do organization in the world,
World Tang Soo Do Association.
He is the author of
five volumes in the "Traditional Tang So Do" series.
Grandmaster Shin was Chuck Norris'
instructor in Korea.
Grandmaster Shin passed away on Monday, July 9th, 2012. Condolences
submitted in his memory can be viewed by clicking