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Grandmaster William Strong

Grandmaster Strong is a father, geographer and martial artist.  His wife Rachel is a Cho Dan, his daughter Rita is an E Dan and his daughter Morgan is a Sah Dan.  Grandmaster Strong was promoted to Pal Dan (8th Degree) at WTSDA World Championship in 2014.

As a Geographer, he received his Ph.D from the University of Texas at Austin.  Grandmaster Strong is a retired Professor of Geography and the former Chair of the Department of Geography at the University of North Alabama.  He was the Geographer-in-Residence in the Education Program at the National Geographic Society from 1991 to 1993. 

Grandmaster Strong was a member of the US Tang Soo Do Federation from 1978 to 1984 and joined the World Tang Soo Do Association in 1985.  Besides Tang Soo Do, Grandmaster Strong has a 3rd degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, taking his first test under Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee in Austin, Texas in 1964.  He has also studied other martial arts including shotokan, hapkido and jiujitsu. 

His dedication to the WTSDA is exhibited in his many accomplishments and roles in the association.  He holds Gold Membership number 31.  He is the former director of Region 6 (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Western Tennessee) and the former Chair of the WTSDA Membership Committee and former Chair of the WTSDA Technical Advisory Committee and Secretary General of the WTSDA. Grandmaster Strong was the WTSDA Master of the Year in 1992.  

If you have attended a World Championship you would have seen him hard at work, serving as the Director of Competition for the past 16 years.  He has also served as Director of  the WTSDA Masters’ Clinic held in Florence, Alabama since 1994.  In addition, he is active in the World Ki Gong Club, holding a Blue Shirt, Level IV (Advanced Intermediate Instructor) in Ki Gong. 

Grandmaster Strong wrote the WTSDA Journal Volume 3, Perspectives on The Tao of Tang Soo Do.