What is Tang So Do?
The martial art of Tang Soo Do is relatively modern. However its basis, the Korean art of Soo Bahk Do, dates back many centuries. Tang Soo Do is a composite style, being 60% Soo Bahk Do (ancient foot fighting methods), 30% northern Chinese and 10% southern Chinese (hand techniques). Tang Soo Do is both a hard and soft style deriving its hardness in part from Soo Bahk and its soft flowing movements from the northern Chinese systems.
Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan (a brotherhood and school of stopping inner and outer conflict and developing virtue according to the way of the worthy hand) is not a sport. Though it is not essentially competitive, it has great combat applications. It is a classical martial art, and its purpose is to develop every aspect of the self in order to create a mature personality who totally integrates his intellect, body, emotions, and spirit. This total integration helps to create a person who is free from inner conflict and who can deal with the outside world in a mature, intelligent, forthright, and virtuous manner.
What do we physically teach?
Our core programs focus on the traditional art of Tang Soo Do in the Moo Duk Kwan style.
Forms are the foundation of our art. In Korean, a form is called a hyung. At first a student is taught the basic forms. “Basic” in Korean is Kee Cho and Il is first; hence our first basic form is Kee Cho Il Boo. As a students’ skills increase, so does the level of ability required for the forms increase. How we practice our forms is very much how we approach our art.
Strong Form = Strong Martial Artist
In today’s every increasing violent society we must focus on self defense as the core of our martial art. At PKSA Karate we offer the most cutting edge techniques in self defense. Our instructors have several years of training. PKSA Karate is one of the few schools that offer self defense for children. In addition, our children focus on stranger awareness and bully prevention, including how to handle aggressive bullies.
We also teach extreme martial art elements (flashy aerials, flying kicks, flash forms) as well as Weapons, Grappling, Defense & Tactics, Kickboxing, Stranger Awareness, Family Protection, and more.