About Tang Soo Do
Tang soo do (pronounced tongue sue doe) is a Korean style of karate that is over 1500 years old. Often confused with tae kwan do, tang soo do is much older and has more tradition and emphasizes discipline and defense skills more than being a sport for karate tournaments.
Tang soo do was originally organized by Buddhist Priests in the Shilla kingdom. These very same techniques were used as a fitness program by the military during the Koru dynasty in 918 A.D. During this time, it was called soo bak do.
In the late 1920's/early 1930's Japan invaded Korea and many Buddhist Priests fled to China. It was here they combined the circular hand movements of Kung Fu with the devastating Korean kicks. It was during this time its name was changed to "Tang Soo Do", which means "way of the Chinese Fist".
Modern tang soo do is indebted to Grandmaster Hwang Kee, who founded Moo Duk Kwan (Korean martial art academy ) on November 9, 1945.
Tang soo do is an excellent style for anyone, especially children, because the emphasis is on building patience, respect and inner strength, rather than being competitive and combative.