The Shin Tradition
The Shin family has a long lineage of TaeKwonDo Masters. This continuity is important to the integrity and tradition of TaeKwonDo. Master Shin learned from his father who learned from his father. Use the links on this page to learn more about their philosophy, and specifically about the Shin legacy.
1988 Olympic TaeKwonDo Team
Grand Master Shin
Grand Master Shin holds the rank of 9th degree black belt certified by the World TaeKwonDo Federation. He has been training in TaeKwonDo for over 50 years and has been teaching for over 35 years in which time he has trained over 1500 Black Belt students. Grand Master Shin was an Olympic Coach for the 1988 US National TaeKwonDo Team which he led to earn 4 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze medals. Grand Master Shin managed the US National Team for the Pan Am Games and The World TaeKwonDo Championship in New York.
Grand Master Shin served as a hand-to-hand combat instructor for the United States Armed Forces in Viet Nam. He founded the first TaeKwonDo Academy in Alaska and served his community there by teaching students at the University of Fairbanks Alaska TaeKwonDo for Credit Program. Grand Master Shin is accredited with numerous Presidential Awards and has contributed greatly to The United States Olympic Training Center for the development and growth of TaeKwonDo Champions. He has dedicated much of his life to sharing his knowledge of TaeKwonDo with the world.
Master Shin, a third generation TaeKwonDo Master, holds the rank of 6th Degree Black Belt certified by The World TaeKwonDo Federation. He began TaeKwonDo training at 5 years old in Seoul, Korea. He trained under Grand Master Park, the founder of the TaeGeuk Poomse, and Grand Master Young Uun Kwon, the Multi Korean National Champion.
Master Shin moved to the US at age 11 to continue his TaeKwonDo training with his father Grand Master Steven Shin. Master Shin was a 5 time national and international champion. He has over 30 years of TaeKwonDo training and has been teaching for more than 20 years.
He currently lives in Kenmore, Washington with his wife Julie and two daughters. Master Shin devotes himself completely to teaching TaeKwonDo to his students, and strives to be a wonderful role model both inside and outside of the Do Jang.