What is Tang Soo Do?

Tang Soo Do is a traditional style Korean martial art that is derived from fighting arts that first appeared during the Three Kingdom times of the Korean peninsula. The art consists mostly of empty hand techniques for both defense and offense. Korean martial arts are known for their use of many kicks, some of which are jumping, spinning, or both!

Tang Soo Do has roots tracing back to paintings found inside Korean tombs from the 6th century, and may of the techniques we use today were described in the first printed martial arts book in 1790. When Korea gained independence from Japan in 1945, martial arts restructions were lifted and may new schools appeared. One of those schools was developed by Hwang Kee called Moo Duk Kwan.

In 1982, one of Hwang Kee's students, Master Jae Chul Shin, created the World Tang Soo Do Association after having built a following in the United States. It is that organization and lineage of teaching that our school belongs to.