|About Tang Soo Do and Tae Kwon Do
Chung Do Kwan means the Pure Way, or the Blue Way School. This style of Martial Arts was founded
and established by Won Kuk Lee in 1944. Lee began his martial arts career by earning a Black Belt in
Shotokan karate under Guchin Funakoshi in Japan. Lee traveled all over the Orient learning martial arts
techniques and studying the arts, history and philosophy.
In 1944 Lee returned to Korea and opened the first school of Chung Do Kwan. During this time, because
of street gang fighting and fear of violence, the Japanese government refused to give him permission to
open a school there.
A few years later, Tae Kwon Do was brought up to pay tribute to all classical Korean styles of Tae Kyon.
After WWII, in Korea, martial arts had a bad reputation. So Master Lee only allowed students of the
HIGHEST character to join Chung Do Kwan. Therefore, the training was extremely strict and disciplined.
Master Lee at this time began training a young boxer by the name of Duk Sung Son, now known as
Grandmaster Son. In 1963 Grandmaster Son and some other Chung Do Kwan Masters relocated to the
United States. In 1966 Grandmaster Son united the Chung Do Kwan Masters under the World Tae Kwon
Grandmaster Son is recognized as one of the top martial arts Masters in the world. It is exciting to know
that our instructors can trace their martial arts education directly back to Grandmaster Son, and even
further back to Grandmaster Won Kuk Lee.
Tang Soo Do
Tang refers to the Tang Dynasty, which shared cultural background between China and
Korea 617-907 AD.
Soo refers to punch, fist, strike or defense both hand and foot
Do refers to Way of Life
Tang Soo Do Motto: Traditionalism, Professionalism, and Brotherhood
Reasons for Training: Self-defense, health, becoming a better person
The traditional art of Tang Soo Do traces back 2,000 years to the Korean Peninsula.
This art is a method of empty hand and empty foot, and also weapons fighting. It is
based on many principals or circular motion, yielding, and striking. Tang Soo Do
teaches us not only physical, but mental and spiritual aspects. We are taught to live
healthy lives by practicing a clean life physically and mentally. This are is considered a
defensive art and only used to protect against injustice.
|Seven Tenets of Tang Soo Do
Respect and Obedience
Virtues of Tang Soo Do
Loyalty to Country
Respect Parents and Elders
Never Retreat in Battle
In fighting, choose with sense and honor