In Loving Memory

Last week, the Creekside family suffered a huge loss with the passing of the Grandmaster of the World Tang Soo Do Association, Robert Beaudoin. I was fortunate enough to live in his Region for a few years and had the opportunity to train with and talk to him regularly. He was a man of genuine warmth and caring who always asked about your family by name. Even after he was named Grandmaster and became much busier he still took the time to thank and get to know everyone he could, whether it be at a tournament, a clinic, or a post-event dinner. Two summers ago I had to undergo emergency eye surgery for a detached retina at Wills Eye Hospital. He took the time to send me a message wishing me luck and reassuring me I was in good hands as his wife had been treated there previously.

Yesterday, a memorial service was held for Grandmaster Beaudoin near his home in Connecticut. While I was unable to attend, I kept track through Facebook. Over 500 people attended from places as far as Great Britain, the Netherlands, Texas, and Puerto Rico. At the service, GM Beaudoin was promoted posthumously to 9th degree black belt. This was a very well deserved honor for someone who was integral to keeping Tang Soo Do alive in America. The students of Creekside Martial Arts trained hard yesterday in his honor and I like to think he was looking down on us with that huge smile of his.

Tang Soo, sir!

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