Tang Soo Do

Tang Soo Do

Tang Soo Do is a method of empty hand and foot fighting based on the scientific use of the body in self-defense. Tang Soo Do is both a hard and a soft style of martial art, with the hard external influence coming from the Soo Bahk and the soft internal coming from the Chinese systems. Tang Soo Do ,Training methodology stresses the development of individual character, discipline, integrity, and respect for self and others. Our teaching methods are structured and systematic so you quickly develop beyond your expectations. You will experience greater muscle tone, weight control and cardiovascular fitness, improved concentration, self-discipline, focus, stress reduction, confidence, self-esteem and peace of mind. Children, teenagers, and Adults develop the qualities and character strengths necessary to excel in today's competitive and complex world. We can help build the strength necessary to negate the peer pressure our young people face in today's society.  The True Martial Arts process is enhanced through teaching forms (hung), sparring (Ja Yu Dae Ryun), breaking, and a variety self-defense techniques. Along with Mental training to build our inner strength, and Philosophically to build strong leadership skills, and lead a more productive and peaceful life. And, Culture. Student will are expect to learn basic Korean martial arts terminology and history.
Although Tang Soo Do, and its tremendous combative martial arts applications, can be adapted to competition, "it is not a sport". However, all Student will  have the opportunity to participate in martial arts tournaments, and community exhibitions across San Diego County and southern California if they choose. 

History of Tang Soo Do.
The martial Art of Tang Soo Do is relatively modern, but its roots lie in the ancient Korean art of Soo Bahk Ki and Tae Kyun, which can be traced back many centuries. Tang Soo Do is a style composed from several major areas and styles, which are Soo Bahk Ki and Tae Kyun, Northern China martial art and Southern China martial Arts. and last a Japanese influence due to the Japan occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945. After the occupation ended, Grandmaster Hwang Kee founded Hwa Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan on November 9th 1945 in Seoul Korea. Later, the name was changed to Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan.  Tang Soo Do literally means “way of the hand of Tang(Tang Dynasty). The primary function of Tang Soo Do is to stop war. The objective of Tang Soo Do is to obtain victory without combat. 


                                       General Terminology

Tang Soo Do  

Name of the art we study

Moo Duk Kwan

Name of the organization

Soo Bahk Do

Ancient name of the Korean martial art

Kwang Jang(Nim)


Sa Bom(Nim)

Head instructor (4Th Dan and above)


Term of respect similar to "Sir" or "Honorable"

Sun Beh

Senior member

Hu Beh

Junior member


Degree, holder of midnight blue color


Grade, holder of color belt

Ko Dan Ja

Senior dan holder

Yu Dan Ja

Dan holder

Yu Gup Ja

Gup holder

Kwan Won

Student member

Cho Bo Ja


Do Jang

Training hall/studio

Do Bahk




Kuk Gi

National flag of Korea

Kwan Gi

Tang Soo Do flag

Gi Cho




Deh Ryun


Ho Sin Sul


Kyuck Pa


Soo Gi

Hand Techniques

Jok Gi

Foot Techniques

Neh Gung

Internal power or control in exercise

Weh Gung

External power or control in exercise

Shim Gung

Spiritual power or control in exercise

Mahk Kee


Kong Kyuck


Ha Dan

Low part

Choong Dan

Middle part

Sang Dan

High part







Cha Gi


Ki Hap


Shi Sun

Focus of eyes

Choong Shim


Chung Kwon

Fore fist

Cap Kwon

Back fist

Soo Do

Knife hand

Yuk Soo Do

Ridge hand

Kwan Soo

Spear hand

Jung Kwon

Heal of palm

Kwon Do

Bottom of fist

O Rin Jok


Wen Jok


                                   Basic Hand Movements


Pahl Put Kee

Punch Exercise, Horse Stance

Ha Dan Mahk Kee

Low Block, Front Stance

Choong Dan Kong Kyuk

Middle Punch, Front Stance

Sang Dan Kong Kyuck

High Punch, Front Stance

Ahneso Phaku Ro Mahk Kee

Inside/Outside Block, Front Stance

Phakeso Ahnu Ro Mahk Kee

Outside/Inside Block, Front Stance

Chun Gul Ssang Soo Mahk Key

Two Fist Middle Block, Front Stance

Kwan Soo Kong Kyuck

Spear Hand Attack, Front Stance

Yuk Soo

Knife Hand Defense and Reverse Punch

Ssang Soo Ha Dan Mahk Kee

Two Fist Low X Block, Front Stance

Wheng Jin Kong Kyuck

Side Punch Horse Stance

Hu Gul Ha Dan Mahk Kee

Low Block, Back Stance

Hu Gul Sang Dan Mahk Kee

High Block, Back Stance

Hu Gul Ha Yup Mahk Kee

Side Block, Back Stance

Hu Gul Ssang Soo Ha Dan Mahk Kee

Two Fist Low Block, Back Stance

Hu Gul Ssang Soo Mahk Kee

Two Fist Middle Block, Back Stance

Ha Dan Soo Do Mahk Kee

Low Knife hand Block, Back Stance

Choong Dan Soo Do Mahk Kee

Middle Knife hand Block, Back Stance

Sang Dan Soo Do Mahk Kee

High Knife hand Block, Back Stance

Yuk Jin Kong Kyuck

Reverse Punch, Back Stance

                                Basic Kicking Movements

Ahp Podo Oil Ri Gi

Front Stretch Kick

Ahp Cha Nut Gi

Front Snap Kick

Yup Cha Gi

Stepping Side Kick

Dull Ryo Yup Cha Gi

Turning Side Kick

Dull Ryo Cha Gi

Round-House Kick

Dwi Cha Gi

Back Kick

Dwi Dull Ryo Cha Gi

Spinning Back Kick

Ahneso Phaku Ro Cha Gi

Inside/Outside Axe Kick

Phakeso Ahnero Cha Gi

Outside/Inside Axe Kick

Yup Hu Ri Gi

Side hook  Kick

Ahp Me Ro Cha Gi

Front Push (thrust) Kick

Pi Cha Gi

45 Degree Kick

E Dan Ahp Cha Gi

Jump Front Kick

E Dan Yup Cha Gi

Jump Side Kick

E Dan Dull Ryo Cha Gi

Jump Roundhouse Kick

E Dan Dwi Cha Gi

Jump Back Kick

E Dan Dwi Dull Ryo Cha Gi

Jump Back Wheel Kick

Key Concepts in Tang Soo Do

Yong Gi


Chung Shin Tong Il


In Neh


Chung Jik


Kyum Son


Him Cho Chung

Control of Power

Shin Chook

Tension and Relaxation

Wan Gup

Speed Control




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