At Tang Soo Do of Santa Fe, we practice a traditional Korean martial art. You could call it a type of karate. It shares roots with Tae Kwon Do — and other martial arts.
We practice hyungs (forms), self-defense, sparring, and we do so in an environment that honors respect, effort, and putting the ego aside.
There once was a man by the name of Hwang Kee, who was a martial arts practitioner of Tae Kyun and Soo Bahk Do in Korea, early 1900s. During Japan's occupation of Korea, Grandmaster Hwang Kee secretly perfected his skills in Korea (all martial arts were forbidden under Japanese rule) and in Manchuria, where he fled for a period of time.
Korea's liberation at the end of World War II brought Grandmaster Hwang Kee back home, where he opened a school: Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan (kwan = school). Our system is essentially a descendant of Grandmaster Kee's school.