THE ART OF TANG SOO DO
The martial art of Tang Soo Do is relatively modern, but its roots lie in the ancient Korean art of Soo Bahk Do, which can be traced back many centuries. Tang Soo Do is a style composed from three major areas and styles, which are Soo Bahk Do (60%), Northern China Kung Fu (30%) and Southern China Kung Fu (10%).
Literally translated, the word TANG means T’ang Dynasty of China which reflects the shared cultural background between China and Korea. SOO means hand, but it implies fist, punch, strike or defense. DO means way of life or art. Thus TANG SOO DO means the Korean classical martial art which was influenced by the T’ang method of martial art. e final translation can be put together as the rather poetical – WAY OF THE CHINA HAND.
Tang Soo Do is both a ‘hard’ and a ‘soft’ style of martial art, with the hard external influence coming from the Soo Bahk and the soft internal from the Northern Chinese systems. Both of which can easily be recognised in the Hyungs (forms) that are practiced within the style.
In today’s society, there is no doubt that martial arts training is on the rise and that people are becoming more interested in learning self-defence skills. Tang Soo Do is an extremely effective method of self-defence. But there are many other reasons why men, women and children from all walks of life have taken up Tang Soo Do training. This ancient form of martial art is known for having the most effective training methods for self-discipline, self-confidence, physical fitness, stress management and the ultimate form of self-defence techniques. Our membership includes women, children and older adult students. Our students range in age from 4 years old to 60 years old.
The purpose of Tang Soo Do training is not for fighting, but to perfect techniques which will enhance your total self. If the occasion arises when you must defend yourself, of equal importance is the development of the proper spirit to supplement the physical skills which are attained. Tang Soo Do is a classical martial art and it’s purpose is to develop every aspect of the ‘self’ in order to produce a mature person who can totally integrate his intellect, emotions, body and spirit.
Whatever brings each of us to Tang Soo Do, we all set goals in our training whether they be to achieve a BLACK BELT; to become a MASTER or simply keep a healthy lifestyle. Yet belts only symbolize the goal, they are not the goal itself. The real value of Tang Soo Do is not the belt you earn, but the changes that occur within you in your quest for them. These changes include the betterment of your mind, body and spirit and the development of individual character and respect for others. The true goal of Tang Soo Do training is to use the lessons you learn in the studio to enrich every part of your life.