Tang Soo Do

唐手道     당수도

Tang Soo Do (Hangul: 당수도; Chinese: 唐手道)*, also known as Soo Bahk Do, is a relatively modern Korean system of martial arts that draws heavily on karate-do and, to a lesser extent, traditional Korean and Chinese martial arts. It was cobbled together in the late 1940s by Hwang Kee, who had trained in Japanese karate and probably Chinese kung fu. Hwang founded the Mu Duk Kwan after WWII, and this "School of Martial Virtue" eventually gave rise to Tang Soo Do and certain schools of the (also modern) martial art of Tae Kwon Do. As such, Tang Soo Do is very much a "mongrel" martial art composed of diverse elements. It probably cannot be considered a true successor to ancient Korean martial systems such as Tae Kyon or Soo Bahk.

It is, nevertheless, a complete, beautiful, challenging and dynamic martial art, practiced all over the world. When taught and practiced correctly, is a true Dou (), Tao, or path.

For more on the complex (and controversial) history of Tang Soo Do, go here

I took my first karate instruction on Okinawa in 1980, and my first instruction in Korean martial arts (Tae Kwon Do) in 1982. I've been practicing ever since. I took my first black belt (in Tang Soo Do) ranking under Master Darryl Khalid in 1991. This site is a repository of some materials I pilfered elsewhere on the web. Someday maybe I'll come up with my own.

Terminology. Nonstandard romanization of the Korean. I make no apologies.

Hyung:  Videos of the classical forms. The "kata" of Korean martial arts. Very similar to forms taught in karate-do. That's because Hwang Kee sorta stole them from karate-do.

One-Step Sparring techniques, as they were taught to me by Master Darryl Khalid. Sorry, no vids. Maybe someday.

Codes and Tenets of Tang Soo Do. This is the guts of it, really.


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