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Tang Soo Do

In Combat Tang Soo Do we offer traditional training in Tang Soo Do the Korean fighting art famous for its powerful kicks, as well as adding modern practical self-defense training and weapons work.

All the traditional Tang Soo Do forms, kicks, basics and weapons are part of CTSD. These are complimented with practical techniques from various martial arts including Hapkido, Kung Fu and Okinawan karate as well as western boxing.

In addition some traditional Okinawan weaponry, e.g. tonfa and more practical weapons like knife are also taught.

This makes CTSD extremely effective across all ranges of fighting, with kicks for long range, hand strikes for medium range, knees, elbows and grappling/throwing for close up. The weapons also provide another avenue for effective self-defense.

Creeds of Tang Soo Do:

  1. Be loyal to your country.
  2. Be obedient to your parents.
  3. Be lovable between husband and wife.
  4. Be co-operative between brothers.
  5. Be respectful of your elders.
  6. Be faithful between teacher and student.
  7. Be faithful between friends.
  8. Be just in fighting.
  9. Never retreat in battle.
  10. Accompany your decisions with action and always finish what you start.

Tang Soo Do is the name of the martial art we practice, and Moo Duk Kwan refers to the specific variation, because there are several sub-styles of Tang Soo Do. In Korea, Tang Soo Do is actually written:

and it is pronounced "dang soo do". Interestingly enough, the Korean alphabet, known as Hangul, is a phonetic alphabet like ours, in that each symbol has a sound. This aspect of these two alphabets means you can read what the word says without ever having seen that word before. The Japanese alphabet (called Kanji) and the Chinese alphabet are very similar in many regards. However, they are not phonetic. Instead they are based on ideograms or pictograms. These symbols convey an idea, and have a name. However, if you are shown a symbol that you haven't seen before, you are unlikely to know how to pronounce it (since these are not phonetic alphabets) but you are likely to get a good idea of what the word means, by looking at its symbolic composition. In order to understand what Tang Soo Do means, let's examine the characters.


This character is pronounced "Dang" in Korean, "Tang" in Chinese and "Too" in Japanese. It refers to the T'ang dynasty of China. The root of the word (the "hat", with the line that goes to the left) comes very often with signs in relation with architecture. The part inside the root is simply to suggest a certain pronunciation for the word. (In a rare composition with another Japanese character, it can be understood as "abrupt", or "to do something in an abrupt way".)




We say "su" in Korean, "shou" in Chinese, and "te" in Japanese. This is the word for "hand". (Remember, for example, that karate means "empty hand", and this is indeed the same character as you see in the Kanji text for karaTE.)





Pronounced "do" in both Korean and Japanese, and "dao" in Chinese. The simplest appropriate translation for this character is "the way". It can also be taken to mean: roadway, street, journey, teachings, etc. Note that this is the same symbol as you would see in the expressions for karate DO, juDO, kenDO, TAOism, and others.




If we break this symbol down further, the L-shaped part is usually added to words to indicate walking or movement. The inner part of the symbol means main, and hence the translation we have used above. Tang Soo Do can therefore be translated as:

"The way of the (Chinese) empty hand"

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