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.