Shin Jae-chul

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Jae-chul Shin
Born(1936-12-20)20 December 1936
Seoul, Korea
Died9 July 2012(2012-07-09) (aged 75)
Burlington, North Carolina
NationalitySouth Korean
StyleTang Soo Do
Teacher(s)Hwang Kee, Oh Se Jun
Rank  9th degree black belt
Years active1948-2012
Notable studentsChuck Norris, Robert Cheezic, Mujahid Khan
WebsiteWTSDA Official Site
Shin Jae-chul
Revised RomanizationSin Jaecheol
McCune–ReischauerSin Chaech'ŏl

Jae-chul Shin (Korean신재철; 20 December 1936 – 9 July 2012) was a Korean martial artist and founder of the World Tang Soo Do Association.[1][2]


Jae-chul Shin began his study of martial arts in 1948 joining the Seoul Moo Duk Kwan Central Gym studying under Grandmaster Hwang Kee,[1] the founder of the Korean Moo Duk Kwan system.[3] By the time he was a first dan black belt, he had already started his teaching career as an assistant instructor at the central gym.[1]

Shin would continue to study Tang Soo Do while attending Korea University, where he would earn both his bachelor's and master's degrees in political science. While studying at Korea University, Shin began teaching at the university, along at the Seoul Central YMCA, various colleges, and many police and military institutions.[3]

In 1958, Shin was drafted into the South Korean air force as a martial arts instructor. While in the air force he was stationed at Osan Air Base, teaching Tang Soo Do to both American and Korean servicemen.[3] One of those servicemen that Shin taught was an American named Carlos Ray “Chuck” Norris.[4]

By the time he had completed his master's degree in 1968, Shin had been instructing students in Tang Soo Do throughout South Korea for almost 20 years. That same year at the request and sponsorship of Chuck Norris, Shin came to the United States[5] to continue graduate studies at Rutgers University and extend his instruction to foreign students as a representative for the Korean Soo Bahk Do Association.[3][6]

Shin established the U.S. Tang Soo Do Federation in 1968 at his first school in Burlington, New Jersey.[7] In 1982, dissatisfied with the direction that the U.S. Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation was going, Shin resigned from the federation's board of directors and along with Ki-yun Yi, Sang-kyu Shim and William D. Clingan founded the World Tang Soo Do Association.[5][6][8][9] Grandmaster Shin's decision to leave the Moo Duk Kwan coincided with Kwan Jang Nim Hwang Kee's release of the new Soo Bahk Do hyungs which also occurred in 1982.[10]

Shin remained the leader of the World Tang Soo Do Association until his death on 9 July 2012, which is composed of over 150,000 members including more than 40 000 black belts and 300 master instructors in 38 countries. He is the author of several books on Tang Soo Do, and was himself featured as a chapter in the 1971 book, “20th century Warriors: Prominent Men in the Oriental Fighting Arts".[11]

In March 2010, the World Tang Soo Do Association's board of directors approved Shin's promotion to 9th degree black belt. In July 2010, Shin was formally promoted to the rank at the association's annual world championships, after 27 years as an 8th degree black belt.[12]

On 9 July 2012, Shin died in his sleep after having health issues in Burlington, NC.


  1. ^ a b c World Tang Soo Do Association
  2. ^ D. Abernethy, Michael (23 July 2012). "Martial arts association dedicates Burlington headquarters, remembers founder". Times-News (Burlington, North Carolina). Archived from the original on 26 July 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d Buttitta, Bob (March 1984). The World Tang Soo Do Association: The Last Bastion For Traditional Korean Martial Arts?. Black Belt Magazine, Pages 28–32
  4. ^ Tang Soo Do World >> Who's Who in Tang Soo Do >> Jae-chul Shin
  5. ^ a b Wasserman, Bill (December 1999). Jae-chul Shin: The Ambassador of Tang Soo Do Talks About Chuck Norris, Taekwondo and the State of the Arts in American. Black Belt Magazine, Pages 48–53
  6. ^ a b Coleman, Jim (September 1984). Tang Soo! The Evolution of Tae Kwon Do‘s Bitter Rival. Black Belt Magazine, Pages 20–24 & 120–121
  7. ^ The World Tang Soo Do Association. Korean Martial Arts Tang Soo Do Black Belt Manual. Philadelphia, PA: World Tang Soo Do Association, Inc, 1990,2000. 19. Print.
  8. ^ Nagel, J. (February 1983). Jae-chul Shin: Chuck Norris‘ Teacher. Black Belt Magazine, Pages 46–49 & 104
  9. ^ Vandehey, Tim (October 1989). A House Divided: The Broken Family of Tang Soo Do. Black Belt Magazine, Pages 24–28
  10. ^ "Brief History of the Moo Duk Kwan. World Moo Duk Kwan Official Web Site". Archived from the original on 2008-05-31. Retrieved 2008-06-30.
  11. ^ Black Belt Magazine and Karate Illustrated (1971). "Shin Jae-chul". 20th century Warriors; Prominent Men in the Oriental Fighting Arts. Ohara (Los Angeles), LCCN 73185168.
  12. ^ "World Tang Soo Do Association Newsletter" (PDF). October 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2010.

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