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 one of the largest Tang Soo Do organizations in the world, the 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.