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All Korean Martial Arts separate themselves by their expertise with kicking techniques. Tang Soo Do is known for its strict training regiments in attempt to condition the body to become a perfect weapon for self-defense. Strength, flexibility, speed, power, self-control all coordinate make every movement of a Tang Soo Do practitioner efficient and effective.
Tang Soo Do is a martial art that traces its roots back over 2000 years. Its techniques and traditions have remained constant for centuries. It is one of few Traditional Korean martial arts that held to its roots; therefore it directly represents what Korean martial arts is in our ever changing world of martial arts. Directly translated; Tang Soo Do is “The Way of the Chinese Hand”. Specifically:
Tang- refers to the Tang Dynasty of China
Soo- refers to Hand but implies a fist or a hand without a weapon
Do- means “The Way of Life”, because Tang Soo Do is not a style of kicking and punching but it is a blue print by which we live our lives.As Tang Soo Do Students, we live by a series of Codes and Tenets: