Gathering the masters at World Tang Soo Do Association
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Dr. Tim Schroeder a local chiropractor and martial artist recently attended the 25th Masters’ Clinic held by the World Tang Soo Do Association (WTSDA) at the University of Northern Alabama in Florence, Ala. under the leadership of Dr. Robert (Bob) Beaudoin, its current Grandmaster.
The World Tang Soo Do Association is an international martial arts group representing 34 countries with over 160,000 members world-wide.
It held its first convention in November of 1982 hosted by its founder Grandmaster Jae C. Shin (1936-2012). Since that time the WTSDA has become a powerhouse in the world of martial arts.
A group of more than 200 masters and candidates world-wide spent four days of intense training and testing. The clinic begins on a Thursday evening with orientation and lectures.
The next day begins at 6 a.m. with intense physical training. Exercise continues throughout the day until 5 p.m. After their evening meal, the group is then treated to lectures until 9 p.m. This schedule repeats itself on Saturday, and at 10 p.m. candidates who are up for promotion are tested for their next rank.
The exam is approximately a four-hour, physically demanding test of technique and endurance.
The candidates range from those testing for fourth degree on up to eighth degree in Black Belt. Sunday begins with morning meditation followed by a noon banquet.
Old and new friendships are kindled between practitioners at this unique gathering of warriors.
Good byes are expressed with hopes of seeing one another at the upcoming World Championship to be held at Greensboro, N.C. this coming July.
The Masters’ Clinic was started by Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin in 1989 with 27 masters from around the globe.
It has prospered and grown to become a premier event in the world of martial arts.
Tang Soo Do is a traditional Korean karate that emphasizes health, self-defense and striving to become a better person. It has a rich history that dates back more than 2,000 years. It can best be described as a blend between Karate and Kung Fu. This art combines hard style punches, kicks and blocks, as well as soft-style grabs, throws and joint locking techniques.
WTSDA is proud to have independently operated Tang Soo Do schools in Tahoe City, Truckee, Kings Beach and Incline Village.
For more information or to find a class call Patrick Cerceau at 530-412-1498 or Master Tim Schroeder 530-583-7477.