Carlsbad Tang Soo Do

In Moo Kwan

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Tang Soo Do

Tang Soo Do (TSD) is a traditional Korean martial art, with influences from Okinawan / Shotokan Karate, as well as the northern China martial arts. Tang Soo Do is best known for its beautiful kicks, which are coupled with strong hand techniques to create a complete empty-hand self-defense style.

Tang Soo Do focuses on three main aspects of personal development:

  • Body - develops coordination, flexibility, speed, power, stamina, etc.
  • Mind - develops focus, concentration, confidence, self-esteem
  • Spirit - develops the intangible qualities such as integrity, humility, leadership, and an indomitable spirit that leads to success.

The physical aspect of martial arts is the most familiar to the general public. We have all seen movies of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and other great martial artists showing off their speed, flexibility, power, and technique. At Carlsbad Tang Soo Do, we teach and explore all of these physical aspects to the body. Although not everyone can be as fast as Bruce Lee, or as flexible as Jet Li, we enable everyone to fulfill their potential.

We train the body through a variety of exercises and techniques:

  • We always stretch before and after our workouts, to build flexibility.
  • Line forms increase coordination and muscle memory through repetition. Proper technique is vital to generating speed and power.
  • Punching and kicking drills with a target build power and stamina.
  • We teach how to fall and roll, which is always a useful skill to have. Students learn how to control their bodies to minimize impact and reduce injury in unpredictable situations.
  • One-step sparring teaches timing, distance, and technique.
  • Hyungs (forms) allow students to bring these aspects together into a fluid set of movements. This is where a student may express more of their personality and interpretation, through the choreographed set of basic movements.

The mind is a powerful weapon, and one that will be used more often in the modern world. While a strong body can help one fight once a conflict has started, the mind can help prevent the conflict from appearing in the first place. How many times have you walked into a building, and made a mental of the emergency exits? Or scanned the passerbys on the street to assess their threat level to you? By being more aware of our surroundings and situations, we can take control of our fate.

There are many aspects to training the mind, which start from learning confidence and self-esteem, to achieving concentration and focus, and finally reaching enlightenment through meditation and breating exercises. As we gain physical strength and ability, we must be sure to make equal improvements in our mind to properly wield those tools. Power without control is dangerous; thus we make sure to develop both in parallel.

Spirit is one of the intangible characteristics that is cultivated more than it is taught. A person's spirit is a core part of their being, and it is very difficult to train or change it. The best we can do is to encourage its growth and adaptation in certain directions. The best analogy to this is the bonsai tree. We can trim and encourage it to grow in certain ways, but ultimately the tree decides what path it shall follow.

For more information on the history and technical aspects of Tang Soo Do, please take a look at the following links:

Carlsbad Tang Soo Do - In Moo Kwan
1953 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92009

Last Modified: February 09, 2014