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. 

Cho Dan Bo with Cho Dans
Tang Soo Do of Santa Fe rock-breaking clinic

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
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. - Gandhi

Tang Soo Do of Santa Fe at the IMA World Championships, October 2016. Master Meyer with Grand Master Ki Yun Yi on the right.

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