Who's Who in Tang Soo Do


Grandmaster John St. James
8th Dan



Kwan Jang Nim John St. James is the founder and president of the Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation, whose headquarters are located just outside Atlanta, Georgia. He is an 8th Degree Black Belt with over 38 years training experience. He is also the Co-Chairman of the Asia Atlantic Alliance, a Tang Soo Do alliance of like minded organizations with schools throughout the world.

He began his martial arts and leadership training when he was 13 years old. He earned his Black Belt from Grandmaster Young Kook Kwon before graduation from high school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When he was 18, he became certified as an instructor and started his teaching career under the tutelage of Grandmaster Young Hyuk Kwon in San Diego, California where he later started his first school while attending the University of California. Kwan Jang Nim St. James attained his Bachelors Degree in Political Science in 1984 and later a Graduate Degree in Insurance and Risk Management from the American Institute in 1986.

In addition to being an expert in Tang Soo Do, he is considered an expert in personal development and peak performance training. He has been featured in MA Success Magazine, MA Professional, Tae Kwon Do Times Magazine, EFC Eagle Express, Business Master Publications, and has also been recognized in Black Belt Magazine for coaching the current World Record Board Breaking Champion.


Kwan Jang Nim St. James holds a brown belt in Shotokan Karate (1975), a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do (1983), and a 4th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido (2003). He is well versed in advanced pressure point manipulation and is certified as an instructor in Quick Defense by the American Self Defense Association in Belton, Texas. He is also a past Board Member of the World Tang Soo Do Association where he served as both the Director of Finance and Business and a Regional Director for many years. He received his Masters rank and Senior Masters rank from Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin while a member of the World Tang Soo Do Association.

Kwan Jang Nim St. James is considered by his peers to be an expert in traditional Korean, Chinese, and Okinawan weaponry with an emphasis on the Bong or staff. He is well versed in the sword, cane, nunchaku, tonfa, short sticks, dagger, and spear to name a few. He personally enjoys empty hand forms the most and can often be heard telling his students that the foundation of all martial arts starts with a Black Belt Leader and Champions mindset. It is then demonstrated in all our actions and strengthened with a great command of the fundamental basics which can be learned by constantly practicing traditional hyung or forms.

Kwan Jang Nim St. James has also directly trained several World Champions and directed two first place World Competition Teams while with the WTSDA. He currently coaches a world record holder and has many competition wins and one Grand Championship under his belt. His true love is spreading Tang Soo Do by developing top quality instructors/school owners and helping them to learn, grow, and share our art.



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