The organization expanded to all parts of America and foreign
countries, but because of new international demands, he had to
restructure the organization. He then created the all-new World Tang Soo Do Association with 12 member countries
and on November 13, 1982, the Charter Convention proclaimed him
In July of 2010, at the World Tang Soo Do Association World Championship
in Greensboro, North Carolina, Grandmaster Shin was officially promoted
to the rank of 9th Dan, the highest attainable rank in the World Tang Soo Do Association. This rank was awarded to Grandmaster Shin by
unanimous proclomation of all members of the World Tang Soo Do
Association, after leading us as an 8th Dan for 28 years.
In addition to insisting on disciplined, rigorous training and exacting
techniques, he has always preached that the true value of martial arts
training is in the application to everyday life. Teaching children is
one of his favorite pastimes and he has become an expert in child
development. His advice to his Black Belt instructors is good advice for
teachers of all kinds: "When examining your abilities as an instructor,
examine your young student's manners, attitudes, school reports and
health conditions. Their improvements should mirror your own."
Grandmaster Shin raised three mottos for his leadership of nearly 8,000
black belt members: TRADITIONALISM, PROFESSIONALISM, and BROTHERHOOD. He
brings these qualities with him wherever he travels and teaches across
the world. Grandmaster Shin is respected as a true leader, teacher, and
master of masters.
On July 9, 2012, at 9:43 A.M., Grandmaster Shin passed away. His family
was there with him up to the last. He passed peacefully in his sleep. It
was a devastating blow to all who loved and respected Grandmaster Shin.
It is up to each one of us who loved and respected him to remember his
life of integrity and leadership, to hold fast to our unity, and to
carry on his mission to spread Tang Soo Do throughout the world.
As a final gift to all of the masters, instructors, and students of the
WTSDA, this timing allowed many of us to be together at the World
Championship and Grand Opening of the WTSDA Headquarters in order to
both mourn his passing and celebrate his life. As his son, Robert Shin,
stated in his moving eulogy, "every time you call 'Cha Ryut!', every
time you ki hap, everytime you shout out 'Tang Soo!', you speak with his
voice. YOU are his legacy."