TANG SO DOO
Korean Martial Arts was developed approximately 2000 years ago when Korea was then divided into three kingdoms: Koguro in the North, Paekche in the Southwest, and Silla in the Southeast. During this period, martial arts were very primitive until Korea was first unified under the Silla Dynasty. During the Silla Dynasty the Hwa Rang Dan (flowing youth) warriors combined the philosophy of the monk Won Kwang, who was the orginator of the principles of Tang Soo Do.
The man who developed Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan, Grandmaster Hwang Kee (1914-2002) studied Tae Kyun (another Korean system not related to Tae Kwon Do_ and Soo Bahk Do at the age of 22. In 1936, he traveled to northern China where he studied a Chinese martial art called the Tang system and combined it with Tae Kyun and Soo Bahk Do. He then named the organization the Korea Soo Bahk Do Association, also known as Tang Soo Do and after World War II on November 9th, 1945; training restrictions were lifted and he established the Moo Duk Kwan where Tang Soo Do was taught.
Tang Soo Do is a classical martial art which practical self-defense applications. It’s main goal is to develop every aspect of oneself. The practitioner is aiming to become a balanced mature person who totally combines his mental state of mind with demanding physical training.