Tang soo Do Karate is a traditional Korean Martial Art. Literally translated, the word “Tang” means the Tang Dynasty of China and Korea 617-907AD. “Soo” means hand, but implies fist, punch, strike, or defense, “Do” means way of life or art.
Physically, Tang Soo Do is based on the principles of yielding circular motion and penetration. As an art, Tang Soo Do combines all aspects, such as effort to live with developmental principles, defensive and offensive skills handling weapons, developing power and living a healthy and harmonious life, physically and mentally. Conceptually, it is a defensive martial art and should never be used violently or excessively.
A Tang Soo Do practitioner’s ultimate goal is not only to posses excellent technique, but more importantly, to develop and perfect one’s character as well. Tang Soo Do is not a sport and is much more than self-defense, it is an art. Its most important aspect is a way to enter total tranquility – Moo Shim – which is the most powerful and peaceful state of being.