Grandmaster W Strong
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WHO IS GRANDMASTER W STRONG
Grandmaster   Strong   began   his   martial   arts   training   in   Tae   Kwon Do   through   the   Jhoon   Rhee   Institute   in   Austin,   Texas   when   he   was an   undergraduate   student   at   the   University   of   Texas.   He   received his   1st   Dan   from   the   Alabama   Karate   Institute   in   1974   and   his   2nd Dan   from   the   Kuk   Ki   Won   in   1977,   both   in   Tae   Kwon   Do.   He   achieved his   3rd   and   4th   Dan   from   the   Korean   Tang   Soo   Do   Association, Moo   Duk   Kwan,   Hwang   Kee,   President   in   1981   and   1983   respectively. In   1986,   he   joined   the   World   Tang   Soo   Do   Association   and   achieved 5th   through   7th   Dan   promotions   from   Grandmaster   Jae   C.   Shin and 8th Dan from Grandmaster Robert Beaudoin in 2014.
On   April   1,   2017   at   the   28th   Annual   Masters’   Clinic,   the   Board   of   Directors   voted   to   approve Grandmaster   William   Strong   as   the   President   of   the   World   Tang   Soo   Do   Association.   He began   the   presidency   on   May   15,   2017.   In   this   position,   he   is   responsible   for   numerous administrative   duties   for   the   Association   and   the   WTSDA   Foundation   including   general headquarters    office    policy,    studio/club    approval,    coordination    of    travel    for    the    two Grandmasters,    Dan    promotions,    financial    reporting,    legal    issues,    Board    meetings,    and World     Championships.     He     is     also     responsible     for     diplomatic     issues,     organizing publications,   and   sanctioning   WTSDA   events.   Grandmaster   Strong   served   as   the   chair   of the   Membership   committee   1987-1990,   Technical   Advisory   Coordinator   1990-1995,   chair   of the   Technical   Advisory   committee   1995-2014,   and   Director   of   Masters’   Clinics   1991-2014.   He   is also   Secretary   General   of   the   WTSDA   and   member   of   the   Board   of   Directors,   Executive Committee,   Governance   Committee,   and   Publications   Committee.   He   was   promoted   to   8th Dan   Grandmaster   at   the   2014   World   Championships.   Grandmaster   Strong   received   his Ph.D.   in   Geography   from   the   University   of   Texas   at   Austin.   He   served   as   professor   and   chair of   the   Department   of   Geography   at   the   University   of   North   Alabama   for   42   years,   interim vice-president   for   Academic   Affairs   for   one   year,   and   worked   at   the   National   Geographic Society   as   Geographer-in-Residence   for   two   years.   He   retired   from   the   University   of   North Alabama   in   2012.   Since   then   he   has   worked   closely   with   Grandmaster   Robert   Beaudoin   to give greater support to the promotion and enhancement of the World Tang Soo Do Association and its membership.
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Grandmaster W Strong
Grandmaster      Strong      began      his martial   arts   training   in   Tae   Kwon   Do through   the   Jhoon   Rhee   Institute   in Austin,     Texas     when     he     was     an undergraduate       student       at       the University   of   Texas.   He   received   his 1st    Dan    from    the    Alabama    Karate Institute    in    1974    and    his    2nd    Dan from   the   Kuk   Ki   Won   in   1977,   both   in Tae    Kwon    Do.    He    achieved    his    3rd and   4th   Dan   from   the   Korean   Tang Soo   Do   Association,   Moo   Duk   Kwan, Hwang    Kee,    President    in    1981    and 1983    respectively.    In    1986,    he    joined the   World   Tang   Soo   Do   Association and    achieved    5th    through    7th    Dan promotions    from    Grandmaster    Jae C.       Shin       and       8th       Dan       from Grandmaster     Robert     Beaudoin     in 2014.
On   April   1,   2017   at   the   28th   Annual   Masters’   Clinic,   the Board    of    Directors    voted    to    approve    Grandmaster William   Strong   as   the   President   of   the   World   Tang   Soo Do   Association.   He   began   the   presidency   on   May   15, 2017.    In    this    position,    he    is    responsible    for    numerous administrative     duties     for     the     Association     and     the WTSDA    Foundation    including    general    headquarters office    policy,    studio/club    approval,    coordination    of travel     for     the     two     Grandmasters,     Dan     promotions, financial   reporting,   legal   issues,   Board   meetings,   and World     Championships.     He     is     also     responsible     for diplomatic       issues,       organizing       publications,       and sanctioning   WTSDA   events.   Grandmaster   Strong   served as    the    chair    of    the    Membership    committee    1987-1990, Technical   Advisory   Coordinator   1990-1995,   chair   of   the Technical   Advisory   committee   1995-2014,   and   Director   of Masters’   Clinics   1991-2014.   He   is   also   Secretary   General of   the   WTSDA   and   member   of   the   Board   of   Directors, Executive     Committee,     Governance     Committee,     and Publications   Committee.   He   was   promoted   to   8th   Dan Grandmaster      at      the      2014      World      Championships. Grandmaster    Strong    received    his    Ph.D.    in    Geography from    the    University    of    Texas    at    Austin.    He    served    as professor   and   chair   of   the   Department   of   Geography   at the   University   of   North   Alabama   for   42   years,   interim vice-president   for   Academic   Affairs   for   one   year,   and worked      at      the      National      Geographic      Society      as Geographer-in-Residence   for   two   years.   He   retired   from the   University   of   North   Alabama   in   2012.   Since   then   he has   worked   closely   with   Grandmaster   Robert   Beaudoin to     give     greater     support     to     the     promotion     and enhancement of the World Tang Soo Do Association and its membership.
2018 © The information/content within the pages of the btsda.co.uk web site is the sole property of J Woodford, GBTSD & World Tang Soo Do Association.