Tang Soo Do is a traditional Korean martial art that is approximately 2,000 years old and is one of the martial arts systems with the longest existence.
Training in Tang Soo Do consists of two main aspects, physical and philosophical.
The physical aspect includes blocks, chops, punches, dynamic kicks, forms (hyung or kata), self defense, board breaking, sparring, and weapons. Topics such as sparring and weapons are primarily reserved for advanced ranks in order to ensure that the students have enough training, maturity, and self control to accept the associated responsibility. Regardless of the topic, an emphasis is placed on safety at all times during physical training.
The philosophical aspect includes character development and the overall health of the mind, body, and spirit. Tang Soo Do is a defensive martial art and is meant to be used for self defense only. The philosophy of Tang Soo Do helps its practitioners to lead healthy lifestyles and deal with internal conflicts such as anger and frustration and external conflicts such as bullying and aggression.
When combined, these aspects result in the development of confidence, discipline, focus, self control, and many other critical life skills. This allows Tang Soo Do practitioners to experience the true value of the martial arts, which is its application to everyday life.