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. 

Tang Soo Do of Santa Fe rock-breaking clinic

During the pandemic, we are conducting remote, hybrid, and in-person outdoor classes in accordance with our governor's health orders.


Some history

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. 

Nothing on earth is more gentle and yielding than water, yet nothing is stronger. When it confronts a wall of stone, gentleness overcomes hardness. The power of water prevails. - Tao 78
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