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

July   2014

Young Tang Soo Do          

Chief Instructor:

Master Ricky D. Young

Other Instructors:

Ola Myszka Sam Dan
Michael Adams E Dan
John Dale Sam Dan
Lanson Quan E Dan
Blake Cook Sam Dan
Kathy Howard Cho Dan
Becky Ogletree Sam Dan
Michele Olejnik Cho Dan


Southeast Family Y
1000 Weatherly Road
Huntsville, AL 35803

Hogan Family Y
130 Park Square Lane
Madison, AL 35758

Gym Central
11375 Hwy 20
Florence, AL 35633


(256) 762-2944

Number of Students:


Types of Classes:

Tiny Tigers, Little Dragons,
Youth Beginners,
Youth Advanced,


History of the School:

Young TSD had a very adventitious beginning. In 1999 as a Cho Dan, the “gym” which housed the studio at which we were training moved to a location far enough away that most of the students would not commute. About a dozen students of varying ranks and ages were left with no local studio to continue their training. Master Young made a decision to rent the 4000 square foot building vacated by the gym and continue the TSD classes.

As a student of Master Strong, Master Young operated as a branch of North Alabama TSD and we began to grow. However, he did not see the potential, in their small rural community of Central Heights, AL to provide enough income to pay expenses of a 4000 sq. ft. building with TSD only. In March of 2000 he purchased gym equipment and re-opened the former “gym” as Gym Central. In 2002 he had the opportunity to start classes at a YMCA about forty minutes from his home in the town of Russellville, AL. It is here that he was approved by WTSDA to be Young TSD. During the day he ran the gym and taught TSD two nights a week at Gym Central and two nights in Russellville. Being the proverbial glutton for punishment he couldn’t leave well enough alone and in 2003 started conducting classes at a YMCA in Huntsville, AL about an hour and forty minutes from his home. They gained studio status in the first year and continued to grow to around a hundred students within three years. He recruited help from Gail Phillips and Becky Ogletree to teach classes at Gym Central because now he was driving two days a week to Russellville and two days to Huntsville and continued to operate the gym business. Russellville quickly grew to studio status and he needed help in a serious way.

He had heard it said God looks out for fools and drunks; He certainly came to Master Young’s rescue when he met Tom Jones. Mr. Jones and Master Young became friends and subsequently business partners in the Russellville venture in 2005. At this point Master Young had attained the rank of Sam Dan and was burning the candle at both ends with trying to run a gym business, manage three studios, conduct classes four days a week and drive fifty thousand miles a year. So, he did the only rational thing for him to do, open another location! He sold the Russellville studio to Mr. Jones in 2010 and started classes in Madison, AL Hogan Y in January of 2011. The Hogan Y location did exceptionally well and student numbers grew quickly, holding an average in the eighty’s. Master Young received 4th Dan Master’s rank in 2012 and today still manages the gym and three studios. However, he does not have to drive the four days and hundreds of miles a week as he did for so many years. He is fortunate to have good instructors that believe in the value of Tang Soo Do as he has for so many years and are committed to promoting the art as Kwan Chang Nim Shin inspired us to do.

History of the Chief Instructor:

Judo in 1964 at the age of 12 was Master Young’s first experience with martial arts. He attended classes for a short time at a local recreation center and for three months the most he got to do was fall and roll. Well, yuck! Enough of that. His first glimpse of martial arts unfortunately did not include insight into the Asian Culture of discipline and respect. He was drawn back to the intrigue of martial arts training in 1971, in Korea, while serving with the U.S. Army. He attained the rank of blue belt in Chang Moo Kwan under Ku Chong Ki while stationed at Camp Mosier with the 5th Preventive Medicine Unit in the small hamlet of Nam Bang Ni. He did not train again in martial arts for 20 years. A love of horses turned in to a career as a professional horse trainer where he would meet the girl that would become his wife. While at a Veterinarian Hospital seeking advice on a sick horse he met Jennifer Jubb, a veterinary student working out a preceptorship. He believes he knew the first day he met her that she would be the one that would make his life complete. They were married in 1984 and have two wonderful daughters and two adorable grandchildren. He was drawn back to martial arts training again in 1994 through the World Black Belt Bureau of Kang Rhee. However, this was short lived and fortunately for him, it led him to the World Tang Soo Do Association. He began training with Master Strong in 1995 and started his first studio in 1999 and the “History of the Studio” has been his life’s journey to date. He looks forward to many more years of teaching and promoting Tang Soo Do and keeping the life’s work of Jae C. Shin alive and growing.

What makes your studio stand out from the rest:

Our studio stands out because parents see a learning environment with motivated and engaged students. Master Young has built his programs around 3 primary principals.
1) Keep students engaged.
2) Keep them motivated.
3) Maintain discipline in class.

We already have a great curriculum, so it’s not a matter of what we teach but how we teach it…
• If we keep students engaged they will maintain interest.
• If we keep them motivated they will try.
• If we maintain discipline we create an environment conducive to learning.

Parents bring their children to us for a variety of reasons but if we don’t maintain discipline in class many of the other things we plan on teaching will be lost.

Although the same principals apply to the adult class one other important factor stands out: Make it physically challenging.

Many adults engage in martial arts for the health benefit. If your class is not physically challenging you may see them in the aerobics class next month.

Student Testimonials:

“We like Tang Soo Do, because it makes us a strong family. We work together not only in the studio, but at home with our parents practicing what we’ve learned in class. The knowledge we’ve gained from Tang Soo Do has given us courage in school to speak or sing in front of our classes. We no longer feel scared, instead brave and strong. It has also helped us focus in class and get better grades. Another advantage of taking Tang Soo Do is that it allows us to work out our feelings. When we go to class mad after a bad say at school we can get all that out through our sparring, one steps and forms. When we have had a day at school that makes us sad, our instructors and friends are always there to cheer us up. Our favorite teacher/cheerleader is Ms. Kathy who not only is an amazing athlete and instructor, but also knows exactly how to make us feel very special and that we can do anything we set our minds to. She also gives terrific hugs! We are very proud to be members of Young Tang Soo Do.”
~ Ripley – 10 years (Cho Dan Bo), Syndey – 9 years (Red Belt) and Mason Truesdail – 7 years (Orange Belt)

“I started taking Tang Soo Do with my son so we could learn self-defense techniques. On our first day we began learning just that. If that was all I’d gotten out of this class it would be a good class because I got exactly what I expected. What I didn’t expect to get out of this class was the sense of unity and comradery. Master Young is a very personable, knowledgeable, and friendly instructor. The other instructors and black belts have no qualms about following the example he has set. Their respect for him and passion for the art brings a consistency to every class. I love the family type atmosphere our studio provides. Aside from the fact that my son is in the class I feel like this is my extended martial arts family. I just recently missed four consecutive classes due to vacation. I was genuinely happy to see everyone when I got back. I can’t begin to describe the assistance and encouragement I have received, not just in my studio but from everyone I have encountered in our region. It is truly amazing!”
~ Jeanine Morris, 39 – 3rd Gup

“In the beginning Tang Soo Do meant my children would learn self-defense. But now it means so much more. Tang Soo Do is helping to bring my youngest son Robert closer to his goal of recovery. He has F.I.R.E.S. (Febrile Infection Related Epilepsy Syndrome). He was 7 1/2 years old when this very rare form of epilepsy occurred. He is 9 now. The seizures caused severe brain damage leaving him unable to breathe on his own, move, eat, or even see. And most of his memories were gone and his cognitive abilities severely impaired. But all that has changed and is continuing to change. God has blessed Robert and our family. He is making huge progress. and is now attending Tang Soo Do classes once more. Tang Soo Do was and is a big part of his recovery process. I am sure he would not be where he is today without it. So thank you, Master Young, Ms. Myszka, Ms. Kathy, and everyone at Young Tang Soo Do. Thank you for being there for us and providing not just martial arts lessons, but life lessons and helping to give hope and encouragement to a family in their darkest time of need. I am proud and honored to say we are a part of the Young Tang Soo Do Family. Congratulations on being selected as the Studio of the Month! Tang Soo!”
~ Theresia Witherow, Proud mother of 4 Young Tang Soo Do students John 13yrs CDB, William 10yrs 1st gup red, Robert 9yrs 5th green, Cassidy 6yrs Little Dragon

“My name is Brandon Nix, I am 9 years old, and a 2nd Gup at Young Tang Soo Do. I enjoy TSD because it is fun. I get to learn new things, such as forms, sparring, and defense techniques. I enjoy training with other kids my age, and have made new friends during my TSD training. I especially enjoy sparring with them. We practice the techniques we have learned with each other. I also enjoy the games our instructors let us play to reward us for our hard work. TSD gives me a goal to become a black belt. I want to be a black belt because it represents hard work to learn skills and discipline that not everyone chooses to do. That’s what makes black belts special.”
~ Brandon Nix 9yrs, 2nd Gup

“My name is Ryan Nix, I am a new White Belt Student at Young Tang Soo Do. I enjoy learning about kicking and punching. It’s good exercise and lots of fun. I really like the games where we try to grab belts without getting tagged. I like the stretching exercises because I can feel the burning in my muscles. I want to take TSD to learn more about friendship and honor. It also means a lot to me because I can do TSD with my brother and my Dad.”
~ Ryan Nix, 7 years – 10 Gup

“There are several reasons why I enjoy Tang Soo Do. The health benefits (improved flexibility / core strength, etc.) and skills training alone are motivation to continue training. I also enjoy the friendships I’ve developed with other members of the TSD family. Connecting with other adults who are in the “Prime” of life with a same goal of earning a black belt has been very motivational. But what I enjoy most about TSD is the opportunity it has given me to spend time with my sons. My oldest son (9 years old) and I started training together two years ago, and my youngest son (7 years old) has just started TSD classes. TSD is giving me the opportunity to share this time with them, having fun doing something together that reinforces the core values I want to instill in them as they become young adults. Integrity (Proverbs 22:1 “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches), Concentration / Perseverance (Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatever your had finds to do, do it with your might”), Respect & Obedience (Exodus 20:12 “Honor thy father and mother”), Self-Control / Humility (Galatians 5:23 “gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law), and Indomitable Spirit (Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me”). Incorporating the tenets of TSD to reinforce the core values I want to instill in my boys, while enjoying the journey together is what TSD means to me.”
~ Scott Nix, 27 – 1st Gup