The Way of Korean Martial Arts – Tang Soo Do
One of the most important qualities of Tang Soo Do is, like many other forms of martial arts, building inner confidence and self-defense. Due to his mastery in Taekyyeon and Subak, Tang Soo Do’s style is largely influenced by techniques and moves within Taekyyeon. More than attacking, Tang Soo Do’s aim is the neutralize an attacker as quickly as possible, to prevent any harm. For this reason, many of the techniques taught are quick kicks, strikes, and throw downs.
When you train in Tang Soo Do, you must pay close attention to ‘hyung’ – a set of sequential patterns of techniques. To climb up the ranks, evaluation to how well you execute these pre-arranged patterns are made and how well you execute each memorized sequence determines whether you rise or stay.
Besides hyung, students also practice one-step sparring (choreographed defensive moves against single step attacks), and/or free sparring, which is like one-on-one competition matches in other martial art combats.
Besides sparring and training the forms, students are expected to learn about Tang Soo Do’s history to better understand its roots and aims. On top of that, a demonstration of respect for its origins and the people that founded it are of the utmost importance.