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Certified Instructors

John Cline, E Dan (2nd Degree)


Mr. John Cline is a certified black belt instructor from the World Tang Soo Do Association, and also the founder of K Defense Martial Arts under the guidance of Senior Master Patrick West, 6th Dan.  Mr. Cline taught martial arts professionally to students of all ages for over 5 years. He served proudly in active duty for the United States Air Force and the Texas Air National Guard for over 6 years. In addition to his regular duty, he served as Physical Training Leader (PTL), during that time he led squadron physical fitness sessions for the Air force. After his military service, he dedicated his life to teaching and practicing martial arts.  

Mr. John's instructor lineage within the World Tang Soo Do Association:

Master Yen Touysinhthiphonexay
Dojang (Place of Training) - Y.T. Tang Soo Do
First Instructor.  He trained under Master Chuck Vaughn and Master Michael Kaye.  Master Chuck Vaughn trained under Grandmaster Jae C. Shin.  Master Michael Kaye trained under Master Michael White.  Master Michael White trained under Grandmaster Jae C. Shin.

Mr. John Neese
Dojang - Y.T. Tang Soo Do
Second instructor.  He trained under Master Yen Touysinhthiphonexay as well.

Senior Master Patrick West
Dojang - Texas Tang Soo Do
Current Instructor and Charter Member of the World Tang Soo Do Association.  He first trained under Mr. Floyd Guidry who trained under Grandmaster Jae C. Shin.  Master Patrick West also received training from Grandmaster Jae C. Shin himself.


James Solomon, Cho Dan (1st Degree)

James_SolomonJames Solomon, Cho Dan (1st Degree), is a class instructor at Texas Tang Soo Do San Antonio (TTSDSA).

I began training in 2008 at the age of 51. I had been looking for a way to lose weight (I weighed over 300 lbs.) and my friend Billy (William MacBrohn) invited me to a “Buddy Week” event at TTSDSA. During the next 4 ½ years I worked hard and received 3 consecutive Student of the Year awards from 2009 through 2011, I also received Region 4 Student of the Year in 2011. In July of 2012, I was promoted to Cho Dan. I have attended regional championships and served as Timekeeper/Scorekeeper at the World Championships in 2012.

I am a professional Computer Programmer/Analyst and have worked for West Business Services since 1994. I also enjoy Bowling and have dabbled in multimedia projects.


Brian Toye, Cho Dan (1st Degree)

Mr. Brian Toye, Cho Dan (1st Degree), is a certified black belt instructor in the World Tang Soo Do Association. Mr. Toye has trained in Tang Soo Do at Texas Tang Soo Do with Senior Master West since moving to Texas in 2012. As a Cho Dan Bo (Black Belt Candidate), Mr. Toye acted as an assistant instructor. He tested for his Cho Dan in October 2016.  Mr. Toye is also a certified Corner Judge in the World Tang Soo Do Association.



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