Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin
(December 20, 1936 - July 9, 2012)
Grandmaster Robert E. Beaudoin
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Studio of the Month
Incline Martial Arts
The Segoviano family, Luis, Sam Dan and Lourdes Bernal, E-Dan
Edward Rodriguez, E-Dan
Jessie Segoviano, E-Dan
Tanya Segoviano, Cho Dan
785 Southwood Blvd, Building 4, Suite 2
Incline Village NV 89450
The family was already running a first location in Kings Beach, CA and when they had the opportunity to open a second location in Incline Village, NV, they jumped on it. They worked hard, turned a small storage unit into a more suitable place to teach and made the environment friendlier for potential students. The name "Incline" was put into the studio name because of the small town in which they resided, called Incline Village, NV which is located in Lake Tahoe. As many owners do, they struggled with various issues; problems included heating and cooling issues, a small parking lot, limited access to the front entrance, etc. However, even with all these inconveniences, the school managed to grow and attract people little by little. After a successful year the family moved to a new building, got permission to tear it down and rebuild, and they are still there today, striving to get more students and releasing them as future leaders of this world.
Mr. Segoviano was born in Mexico City in 1972 and moved to the U.S. in 1995. He began his career in martial arts when he was 15 years old, training in Shotokan at Sei Shi Karate Do under Froylan Lara, 7th Dan. Mr. Segoviano received his black belt four years later in 1991. He received various accolades, including being chosen as a regional selection and participating in clinics and state championships. Mr. Segoviano was even recognized by the state for his achievements in 1992. Okinawa Karate Do and Mass Oyama-Karate System were other schools in which Mr. Segoviano trained and with instructors such as Sensei Samuel Monroy, who was vice president of the Mexican Martial Arts Federation at that time and Sensei Lee Kwop, who was a representative of the World Shoto Kan Federation.
When Mr. Segoviano moved to the U.S. he started his training martial arts again learning Tae Kwon Do in Springdale, AR, training there until 2004. His experience in Tae Kwon Do was very informal and the instructors changed routinely, but some training was better than no training. Mr. Segoviano moved to North Tahoe, CA in 2005 and in 2006 he commenced his training again with the Tang Soo Do Association. He was at a local store and about to checkout when he saw his son’s former instructor. They were introduced to each other, and that same week, Mr. Segoviano and his daughter and son, ages 6 & 7, signed up. Soon after the rest of the family joined and trained under Positive Karate USA, under Mr. Maris. Mr. Segovino got his Dan in 2008, won the region 1 tournament, Senior Division, in 2009 and in 2010 received his second Dan. In 2015, he was promoted to Sam Dan.
I’m very aware that all the studios have characteristics that differentiate them from each other. In our case I believe that managing the studios as a family makes us different. My group of instructors consists of my wife and kids, and we all have different methods of teaching kids and adults. Two of my children are in fact several of the youngest instructors in the WTSDA, which is uncommon, but they have terrific mind sets and are very mature for their age. Having them sets us apart. Additionally, we teach responsibility, cooperation and communication to our students so that they can go back out in to the real world and have these skills.
"It is with pleasure and gratitude that we are writing this letter on behalf of the Segoviano’s studio. Our son has been participating in Tang Soo Do since he was five years old. He was introduced to the martial art through the Boys and Girls Club, under different leadership. The Segoviano family was gracious enough to take over the program when the other studio was going to close down. They have had a tremendous influence on our son and others. They are: firm but fair, supportive, professional, focused, and dedicated to each of their individual students. They are able to differentiate instruction and create structure for their students to reach their individual potential through their skilled instruction. They are incredible teachers and mentors in our community. They are creating much more than students that are able to advance in their technique and belt achievement, they are creating responsible leaders for the future. They have dedicated themselves to each and every one of their students. They are available five days a week for their students to train. All students are welcome at all locations at any time. They offer encouragement, life lessons, and advice about not only ways to advance in Tang Soo Do, but also ways to advance in life through education. We appreciate all of their efforts, talents, achievements, and care in looking after our son Gunnar Fields whom has achieved the level of 4th Gup. We look forward to their continued support as our son continues to advance in Tang Soo Do, with hopes of achieving 1st Dan. Any level of recognition or acknowledgement for this studio would be well deserved and appreciated."
Jennifer Jurosky & Wayne Fields, Parents of Gunner Fields