Carlsbad Tang Soo Do

In Moo Kwan

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is eligible to join Carlsbad Tang Soo Do?
  2. When are the classes?
  3. Where are classes held?
  4. How much do classes cost?
  5. What is Tang Soo Do?
  6. Is Tang Soo Do dangerous? I'm afraid I might get hurt in class.
  7. How does Tang Soo Do benefit me?
  8. Is Tang Soo Do better than "xyz" martial art?
  9. Your class looks advanced. I'm afraid to look stupid in front of everyone!
  10. Can you give me a list of the types of activities we will do?
  11. More questions?

  1. Who is eligible to join Carlsbad Tang Soo Do?
    Anyone is welcome to join Carlsbad Tang Soo Do. Children as young as six years old are accepted based on their maturity level and ability. All children under eighteen years old must have their parents' permission to attend class.

  2. When are classes held?
    Classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays at 7pm. Classes are 1hr long, and students are welcome to stay later if they wish to get more practice. Occasionally, classes may be canceled due to holidays, so please check the calendar.

  3. Where are classes held?
    Classes are held at 1953 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92009. We are located in the community / recreation room.

  4. How much do classes cost?
    Classes are currently free for everyone.

  5. What is Tang Soo Do?
    Tang Soo Do is a style of empty-hand self-defense which originated in Korea. For more information, please see the section about Tang Soo Do.

  6. Is Tang Soo Do dangerous? I'm afraid I might get hurt in class.
    As with any physical activity, there is a degree of risk involved. While we do our best to be careful, accidents can and (rarely) will happen. Please speak to the instructor if you have any specific concerns. Students always have the option not to participate if they feel that something is dangerous or beyond their abilities.

  7. How does Tang Soo Do benefit me?
    The point of practicing Tang Soo Do is to create better health for ourselves, both physically and mentally. Tang Soo Do training helps create confidence, self-esteem, and cultivates a strong spirit, in addition to all the physical skills that one learns.

  8. Is Tang Soo Do better than "xyz" martial art?
    Every martial art has its pros and cons. In addition, every person has their own physical strengths and weaknesses, which may work well with some arts and not others. Tang Soo Do, by itself, is by no means a perfect martial art. This is why we encourage students to always ask questions and decide for themselves what works best. By deciding for oneself what works best and what doesn't, one can tailor their training accoringly. Even if this means incorporating elements that are not strictly Tang Soo Do.

  9. Your class looks advanced. I'm afraid to look stupid in front of everyone!
    Short answer: Although our class may look advanced, if you look closely, you'll notice that it is composed of students at all different levels with different amounts of training. We teach a mixed class to allow beginning students to see what more advanced students can do, as well as giving the advanced students the experience of teaching the beginners. Remember that all students were once beginners, and there is no shame in trying to learn something new! We welcome new students of all skill levels.

    The longer answer: My favorite analogy to martial arts is to compare it to playing any other sport you are familiar with. You need to start with a solid foundation, upon which to build skills and knowledge. For example, to play football, you would need to be able to run, jump, and take direction from a coach. From there, you will learn specialized skills like catching or throwing. After that, you would learn strategy and rehearse different scenarios on the field.

    Now, you would not expect to walk into a NFL locker room and learn how to play football in a few short weeks, right? The same is true for martial arts. Many martial artists train for a lifetime to achieve what they have done. It is naive to expect to achieve the same level in a short time. However, by attending class regularly, you will start your own journey and learn how to improve your skills on your own. By seeing how much others have achieved, it can help you set your goals to reach those same levels too.

  10. Can you give me a list of the types of activities we will do?
    Sure! Our curriculuum has a lot of different components to it. In general, we like to be creative in the kinds of activities we do. We are always looking for new ways to keep our classes fresh and exciting, while providing great exercise and learning. Here is a sampling of activities you can expect to see:
    • All Tang Soo Do hand and foot techniques. (blocks, strikes, kicks, etc.)
    • One step sparring with a partner.
    • Forms.
    • Kicking and punching drills using a hand target.
    • Basic ho shin sul (self-defense) techniques. These are employed as self-defense against opponents that grab you.
    • Teachings on TSD philosophy, codes, and tenets.
    • Identification of vital points (kup soo).
    • Strength and conditioning exercises for your core muscles.
    • How to roll and fall without hurting yourself.
    In addition, those that have joined the federation will be given more advanced training, which includes:
    • 1-on-1 free sparring.
    • Bo staff forms and usage.
    • Self-defense against knife attacks.

  11. More questions?
    Feel free to e-mail the instructor at spaik@carlsbadtsd.com if you have any other questions about Tang Soo Do.


Carlsbad Tang Soo Do - In Moo Kwan
1953 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92009
info@carlsbadtsd.com
760-683-9541

Last Modified: February 09, 2014