Great Grandmaster Shin is considered to be one of the Founding Father’s of Taekwondo in America. He is respected nationally and worldwide as a leading martial arts authority. GGM Shin is one of the highest ranking martial arts instructors certified by the World Taekwondo Federation.
As a two-time Korean National Champion, GGM Shin came to the United States and began teaching martial arts in 1960. He established the first Moo Do Kwan school for Taekwondo and other martial arts in 1963 in St. Louis, Missouri. GGM Shin received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the prestigious Korean Yudo College, now known as Yong In University, the only Martial Arts University in the world. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Physical Education and retired from Washington University in St. Louis as a professor of Physical Education. He has worked for Anheuser-Busch in corporate security and self-defense training for executives.
GGM Shin holds a 9th degree Black Belt (9th Dan) in Taekwondo, Judo and Hapkido. He has authored and co-written many articles and books, including the best-seller “Tae Kwon Do Forms: Complete & Official Forms of the World Taekwondo Federation”. GGM Shin is the founder of the National Gateway Moo Do Kwan Association. He is also a founding member of the International Council on Martial Arts Education (ICMAE), which was established in 1978 by high-ranking martial arts educators for the “development and promotion of martial arts education and to build a spirit of friendship and cooperation among all martial artists”.
Serving as a former representative to the Korean Olympic Board for several decades GGM Shin helped select members for the Olympic Judo team. He has held many prestigious titles and garnered numerous awards, including being inducted into the Missouri Athletic Club Hall of Fame for his many achievements in martial arts.