The World Tang Soo Do Association

A True "World" Organization


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

Robert E. Beaudoin


Studio of the Month

January   2013

Tucker’s Tang Soo Do

Chief Instructor:

Aaron Tucker, Sam Dan

Other Instructors:

John Mark Massey, Cho Dan


12201 Co. Rd. 83 South
Elberta, AL 36530
Tucker's Tang Soo Do II
21530 Professional Drive
Robertsdale, AL 36567


(251) 747-3454


(251) 986-7748

Number of Students:

About 100

Types of Classes:

Tang Soo Do and
Commando Krav Maga


Our History:

The studio began in 2006.

History of the Chief Instructor:

Mr. Tucker started training in 1981 at Engle Brothers Martial Arts in Haleyville Alabama. His instructors were Mike and Greg Engle. He trained with them on and off until he joined the military. While in the military, he studied various martial arts. Later in life he returned to training with Mike Engle and eventually stopped training when he relocated to a different part of his home state.
Mr. Tucker always felt that he would return to the WTSDA. Tang Soo Do was always a part of his being no matter if he was enrolled in a class or not. Later on, when his oldest son wanted to start training, Mr. Tucker realized there were no WTSDA schools near their home in south Alabama, so at first he enrolled his son in a martial arts school that he thought was good. Later on, he realized the school owner was not devoted to the advancement of the students but rather to how much money he could get out of them.

It was at that time that he called WTSDA HQs. At first, they could find no record of his training, but they eventually located him in the archived records. After he got over the initial shock of feeling old, HQs informed him that Grand Master Shin wanted to speak with him. Grand Master Shin asked Mr. Tucker how he was doing, and that he remembered him from years ago. He encouraged Mr. Tucker to train again under a current WTSDA Master.
So Mr. Tucker spoke to his friend, Master Greg Sibley, who he had trained with while they were both still Gup ranks. Master Sibley agreed to the training, but noted that another Master, Master Tommy Strahan in Poplarville, Mississippi, was closer to Mr. Tucker. It was then that Mr. Tucker began making the twice weekly 400 mile round-trip back and forth to Poplarville to train with Master Strahan. He followed this schedule for a little over a year, until his test for Cho Dan. Once he was promoted, Master Strahan encouraged him to go open his own school, and Mr. Tucker has been teaching ever since.

What makes your studio stand out from the rest:

There are many different martial arts school to choose from in the area of the country where Tucker’s Tang Soo Do is located. Therefore, Mr. Tucker sets his school apart by incorporating his military and police background into the training. They have and will remain rooted in Tang Soo Do heritage and teach as closely as they can to the methods and philosophies that Grand Master Shin would have wanted them to. They place an emphasis on scenario and real world training. By combining Tang Soo Do, Krav Maga and various other arts they try to deliver what Mr. Tucker calls “Combat Science”. He has had the pleasure of training with many high ranking instructors in many different styles, and he has taken what they have taught him and used it to enhance Tang Soo Do. He trains with several police organizations and specialize in weapon disarming tactics. This type of training when applied to a solid Tang Soo Do foundation equips a student to face real world dangers.


Student Testimonials:

“My name is Jason C. I am 32 years old and work as a police officer in the patrol division of the Tuscaloosa Police Dept. I am also a SWAT team member. I had an opportunity to train with Mr. Tucker during one of his 6-hour camps. He combined several techniques that I feel would be effective in everyday situations as a police officer. The techniques were easy to learn and the class was a lot of fun; there was some pain but no blood. I have a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a purple belt in BJJ. I was amazed at how ineffective that training was when I was on the ground defending myself while trying to maintain control of my weapon. Tucker was able to teach me several ways to handle this threat. He let me decide what fit me and my style the best and then said now we will work to polish those techniques. When I told him I was good and knew the techniques he put me through a testing with single and multiple attackers. The attackers were to attack with full force; this is the only way to know if what you learned will actually work. I will say it was some of the best training I have ever received and would recommend training with the guys at Tucker’s Tang Soo Do to anyone.”
~ Jason C. Tuscaloosa Police Dept.

“I have been training for about five years, which is half my life! Mr. Tucker is a great instructor. Everywhere you see him people are talking to him and kids always run to him for a hug. He is a lot of fun to work out with but when he wants to be tough he is really tough; he calls it “old school”. I train three or four days a week and am getting ready for my E Dan test next fall. Mr. Tucker and Mr. Massey worked a lot with me getting me ready for Cho Dan testing. I remember when I tested I thought it was a lot easier than what Mr. Tucker has us do on colored belt tests. He is a great friend, and more like a dad to me. My whole family loves him. Tang Soo Do.
~Shelby, Cho Dan, 11 years old

“My name is Morgan and I am 11 years old and a brown belt. I like training because I feel good about myself. I have competed in the world championships and won 2 gold medals and I have also competed at regionals where I placed in all my events. My brother trained with Mr. Tucker but quit when he got a red belt and a girlfriend. I told him he had better watch out because I am not a quitter and I will be a black belt soon. I hope he trains again. Mr. Tucker is always doing special things for us like our back to school bash, fishing trips, and community service. Being a student in Tang Soo Do is about more than learning to kick and punch. Mr. Tucker says the reason we train is to be the best person we can be.”
~ Morgan, 11 years old