The World Tang Soo Do Association

A True "World" Organization


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

Robert E. Beaudoin

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2013 Masters Profile


Name: Daniel Marcko

Rank and date of rank: Sah Dan Master (2012)

Region and Studio Name & Location: Region #11 & Täby Tang Soo Do Karateklubb (Tang Soo Do Sweden)



Personal Information

Where were you born?

I was born in Karlskrona, Sweden.

Family members involved in Tang Soo Do:

I have three children, Niles (Brown belt), Linus and Ella (Green belts) who train on and off.

Description of profession or trade outside of Tang Soo Do:

I am a Sales and Marketing Communications Expert and Lecturer. I am currently a Sales and Marketing Director with an Information Technology company.

List your academic accomplishments, military service:

I have a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/International Business from University of Colorado. I was also a Communications Officer in the Royal Swedish Navy.

Master Marcko and his children, Niles, Ella and Linus at the 2008 World Championship.

Martial Arts Career

When, where and why you started Tang Soo Do?

In 1990, I moved to Lowell, MA for a brief time where I trained in Shotokan and Kendo. One day at a local pizzeria there was advertisement for Tang Soo Do and the WTSDA. I’d never heard of it but decided to give it a try. The instructor, Khaled Dadouh was great and I was hooked immediately.

What were your first impressions when you started and how have they changed?

Tang Soo Do reminded me of Shotokan but there was something else... something more. As a fairly tall person I think the added kicks was one part, the feel I got of the WTSDA (even though at that point I had never met anyone outside our studio) was another part and of course Khaled who was a superb instructor and martial artist.

Tang Soo Do is a martial art with so many facets, so much depth and so much to offer. I personally like forms and working the basics over and over with technical detailing. That is how I was taught and how most of the Sah Bum Nims I’ve trained with over the years taught. There is so much to discover within the basics. There was also a great camaraderie from day one and this is still the case - WTSDA is one big family, to learn from, to train with, to sweat with and to have fun with.

Difference between when you first started training and today.

WTSDA is at its essence still very much the same today as when I started. Most of the people I’ve had the honor to train with are at a higher level and Masters I’ve learned from are still in the organization. That speaks so much of Grandmaster Shin's legacy and what WTSDA is all about. Sure it’s tough at times but we persevere and better ourselves in doing so. The training itself is the same but with some new modern ideas with regards to warm-ups, stretching and overall health aspects.

Any other martial arts studied?

I have studied brief stints of Kyushinkai and Tae Kwon Dd as a kid as well as Kendo, Yushinkai and Shotokan (mostly in Japan). But from 1995 its only been WTSDA - there so much to learn within WTSDA that a life time isn’t enough.

Notable accomplishments in the martial arts field?

My proudest accomplishment is when parents tell stories of how our training has made a positive impact on their child's life - that’s what Tang Soo Do is all about... making a difference in a life. It's exciting to watch the physical and mental progression of my students. I am also proud of establishing Tang Soo Do in Sweden in 1995.

Master Marcko and Täby Tang Soo Do students.

Tang Soo Do Career

What was your Master’s thesis on, why did you choose it, and what did you learn from it?

My Master's thesis was on setting goals, titled: ”My Goal Black Belt - Goal setting, Goal Visualization, Meditation, Motivational skills and how to achieve what you want, and deserving it Tang Soo Do as well as in life” I have worked with top achievers both in business and in the world of professional sports and have seen the many ways goals can be achieved. From another aspect of my life I’ve seen how difficult it can be for some individuals to stay focused for a longer time. Within WTSDA we surround ourselves with long and short term goals that we verbalize, visualize and formalize. Examples are how to be and act (the 5 codes), what to aim for (My Goal Black Belt), what to strive for (Better Person), grades and belts, a new form, new knowledge etc. Since Tang Soo Do training aims to develop the individual and the individuals’ surrounding society, I decided to explore goal visualization and how it may be an integral part of WTSDA training to further help members to develop both within their art but also professionally, in school and any other endeavor they pursue.

Goal setting is a big and broad topic but one of the things I’ve learnt (but not had statistically validated) is that there could possibly be a higher retention rate of students when some overall goals are verbalized and presented visually at each training, such as having ”My Goal Black Belt” on the wall and students calling this out together.  Also discussing personal goals with students and helping them visualize this will strengthen him/her in his/her determination to succeed.

What is your favorite part of Tang Soo Do?

Apart from the fact that Tang Soo Do ”has so much of everything” I really like our tradition as an Art and particularly the training of Hyungs.

What is your favorite Hyung and/or weapon and why?

I really do like all forms but I’ll pick JinDo for its swiftness and balance and for sometimes not getting the credit it deserves. I enjoy the sword very much. There’s so much to learn working with a blade and it really becomes an extension of yourself and as such really shows you the small things to work on (you know - a small flaw made close to the body looks much bigger at the tip of a sword).

Who are some of your role models in and out of WTSDA?

There are so many within the WTSDA but I’ll mention a few I’ve had the honor to train with.

  1. My students from whom my knowledge grows.
  2. Grandmaster Shin of course, for being the goal setter and the goal achiever that he was... and still is to us.
  3. KCN Beaudoin for really embodying Grandmaster Shin's teachings, humility and perseverance.
  4. My instructor Master Patrick West for being the nicest and toughest man I know and a fantastic instructor.
  5. Masters Kahn and Green for dwelling so deep into the mysteries of Hyungs ...and sharing their findings.
  6. Masters Trogemann, Sharpe, Kaye, Homschek, Wick, Robinson, and Marsch for always sharing their skills and knowledge so selflessly.
  7. Outside of the WTSDA I would choose those who dedicate their time to helping others such as special education teachers and personal assistants, those who set out to make life just as good for those who for different reasons are less capable.

Grandmaster Shin and Master Marcko.

What are some of your favorite memories of your time in WTSDA?

I have many fond memories in WTSDA

  1. The first time any one of my own children got into DoBokh - what pride!
  2. Doing a Blues Jam with Grandmaster Beaudoin and Master Wiskin in Holland - as special as having played with BB King's band (which I have!)!
  3. Every camp, clinic or tournament is memorable - the spirit and friendship!
  4. Times spent with older Masters telling ”old” stories - there’s so much to learn!
  5. The words whispered to me by a Master after having crushed everything in Kyuck Pa at my last test for Master - the honor!
  6. My Master's belt ceremony - indescribable.
  7. And of course any time a student overcomes an obstacle.

As WTSDA celebrates its 30th anniversary, what are your hopes/wishes for WTSDA in the next 30 years?

For the next 30 years I hope that the essence of WTSDA remains while we continue to grow the art both geographically and technically for even better healthy.

Master Marcko during his Master's promotion with Grandmaster Beaudoin and Master Khan. Master Marcko and one of his Little Dragons. Master Marcko and Hanna Söderlund, Täby Tang Soo Do's Instructor of the Month for September 2013.

Advice/Words of Wisdom

Youth, teen and/or adult martial artist:

Your training will have its ups and downs, as life. When you feel inner resistance to going to class - overcome it, as the reward for those who persevere is wonderful! Never cheat on your techniques, practice the full motions until you gain speed and agility. Remember - ”If you don’t know the road, how could you ever know the shortcut?

Teaching tips or ways you make classes more exciting:

I like to find something that can be a ”theme” for a class and include it during warm-ups/basics. Then build your class around ”having a solid foundation” and do drills and excercises that emphasize that ”theme” specifically. For Kid's classes, I like to surprise the parents who are watching their kids by having them get on the floor and their kids sit to watch while they do some basic techniques and turns in particular.  This gives the parents a feel for how difficult it sometimes is to move your body in a certain manner. This helps them realize how great their kids are and that questioning their technique may not serve a greater purpose. The added value - the kids get to see their parents stumble around and that usually brings on a cheer.

Master Marcko and Master Trogemann with several Tigers and Dragons students and their parents after a special class in November 2013.

Tang Soo!