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The Art of Tang Soo Do

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TANG SOO DO is the traditional Martial Art of Korea.  It is pronounced (Tung Sue Doe).   As a traditional martial art, Tang Soo Do offers the individual the ability to develop both physically and mentally.  The result is a mature individual who is free from inner conflict.  This gives him/her the ability to deal with outer conflict in  an intelligent, honest and responsible manner.
In order to learn Tang Soo Do, the individual must first accept discipline.  If the mind accepts discipline, then the mind will be at peace.  Peace makes better concentration.  Concentration makes better balance.  Balance makes better speed.  Speed makes better Power.  The ability to generate power is one aspect of the martial art Tang Soo Do.
Tang Soo Do also teaches respect.  In order to be a complete individual, you must have respect for yourself and everyone else, including your parents, teachers, and older members of society.  Character is built with respect.
The physical aspect is attained through fitness.  Punching and kicking are an integral part of Tang Soo Do.  The physical body is made stronger with hard work and perseverance.  The "I can't" attitude is replaced with "I can!"
Tang Soo Do is for everybody! Each person learns at their own pace and comfort level. Tang Soo Do is family oriented.  Each member helps the other to achieve his or her maximum potential.
 
 
 

Belt Ranking System

 

 
WHITE BELT
10th Gup
Practice for 1 to 3 Months
YELLOW BELT
9th Gup
Practice for 1 to 3 Months
ORANGE BELT
8th Gup
Practice for 1 to 3 Months
ORANGE BELT
7th gup
Practice for 1 to 3 Months
GREEN BELT
6th Gup
Practice for 6 to 8 Months
GREEN BELT
5th Gup
Practice for 6 to 8 Months
GREEN BELT
4th Gup
Practice for 6 to 8 Months
RED BELT
3rd Gup
Practice for 6 to 8 Months
RED BELT
2nd Gup
Practice for 6 to 8 Months
RED BELT
1st Gup
Practice for 6 to 8 Months
MIDNIGHT BLUE BELT
1st Dan
Practice for 2 Years
MIDNIGHT BLUE BELT
2nd Dan
Practice for 3 Years
MIDNIGHT BLUE BELT
3rd Dan
Practice for 4 Years
MIDNIGHT BLUE BELT
4th Dan Master
Practice for 5 Years
MIDNIGHT BLUE BELT
5th Dan
Practice for 6 Years
MIDNIGHT BLUE BELT
6th Dan Sr. Master
Practice for 7 Years
MIDNIGHT BLUE BELT
7th Dan
Practice for 8 Years
MIDNIGHT BLUE BELT
8th Dan Grandmaster
Practice for a lifetime
 
 
The colors of the belt ranking system are a reflection of the cycles of nature. The first belt color white, represents winter. The second color yellow and third color orange represent early spring. The fourth color green symbolizes springtime. The red belt symbolizes summer and Midnight Blue the fall or harvest time. There are nine ranks before becoming a Dan member (Midnight Blue belt holder) The ranks start at 10th gup. 10th gup is not actually a rank its zero or a beginner. Six of the belt ranks are colors and five are stripes on the belt tip which are midnight blue colored to represent the students Dan (midnight blue belt) potential. When a student reaches 1st Gup he/she is a possible Dan candidate.  After reaching Midnight Blue belt, the Tang Soo Do student then starts a "new beginning" and are called "Cho Dan" which literally means "new beginning".
The Tang Soo Do philosophy considers "black" as a color which does not get darker therefore symbolizing an ending or death, which contradicts the Tang Soo Do philosophy. Midnight blue on the other hand, symbolizes many things; Water, which is necessary for life and growth, the autumn sky, which represents harvest time and the seasons, and much more positive ideals, which are in harmony with the Tang Soo Do philosophy. Midnight Blue is not better than Black, it just represents the Tang Soo Do philosophy more appropriately.
The uniform worn by modern Tang Soo Do practitioners dates back to Korea's ancient warriors. The same uniform was worn by the royal guard of Korea as well as its armies. It is a white uniform with Midnight blue trim all around the borders and sleeves. The White shows our commitment to avoid blood shed and Midnight blue represents our belief that although we have attained a certain level of proficiency, we still realize we have a lot more to learn.

 

 
 

Traditional Forms

 
Forms (hyungs) are the foundation of martial arts. Martial artists should have a fundamental knowledge of original hyungs. Each hyung consists of a pattern of movements involving a combination of attacks, blocks, and stances often carried out against imaginary opponents. During training, the student learns a series of hyungs beginning with relatively simple forms for the lower Gup ranks to increasingly complex ones for the higher ranks. Individual forms may take many months of dedicated practice to master. The proper execution of a hyung has both mental and physical elements in that the student must display proper technique, spirit and power. No one knows how many people have practiced the original hyungs that have existed from ancient times to this day. Martial artists who spend great time and effort to learn the original hyungs, do so not for wealth or fame, but out of the desire to preserve and respect the hyungs. The continuous practice of these hyungs will lead to a deeper love and respect for the martial arts, and will result in peace of mind and good health.
"Traditional TANG SOO DO - Volume 1"  by Grandmaster Myung Seok Seo.

 

Traditional Forms (Hyungs)

 
KOREAN
ENGLISH
10TH GUP
1
KEE CHO HYUNG IL BOO
BASIC ONE
2
KEE CHO HYUNG EE BOO
BASIC TWO
 
9TH Gup
3
KEE CHO HYUNG SAM BOO
BASIC THREE
4
PYUNG AHN CHO DAN
TURTLE 1ST DEGREE
 
8TH GUP
5
PYUNG AHN EE DAN
TURTLE 2ND DEGREE
6
PYUNG AHN SAM DAN
TURTLE 3RD DEGREE
 
7TH GUP
7
PYUNG AHN SA DAN
TURTLE 4TH DEGREE
8
PYUNG AHN O DAN
TURTLE 5TH DEGREE
 
6TH GUP
9
BASSAHEE SO
SMALL COBRA
10
BASSAHEE TAE
LARGE COBRA
 
5TH GUP
11
DAHN DO HYUNG SO
SMALL SHORT KNIFE FORMATION
12
DAHN DO HYUNG TAE
LARGE SHORT KNIFE FORMATION
13
NAI AHN CHI CHO DAN
IRON HORSE 1ST DEGREE
 
4TH GUP
14
NAI AHN CHI EE DAN
IRON HORSE 2ND DEGREE
15
NAI AHN CHI SAM DAN
IRON HORSE 3RD DEGREE
 
3RD GUP
16
TAE JI HEYUL
BIG GROUND HOLE
17
SANG GOOK KWON
GREAT HIGHEST FIST
 
2ND GUP
18
TJIN TTAE
TRUE VALUE
19
SIP SOO
BEAR
 
1ST GUP
20
RO HI (RO PAE)
SHIELD
21
TJIN TTO (JIN DONG)
CRANE
 
1ST DAN
22
JAH WON (TJIN)
TEMPLE
23
TJI ONG (JAH OON)
GOAT
24
CHUNG YU (SSAI RYU)
WILLOW TREE - CLEAR AND FLEXIBLE
25
SSI SYAN (SIP SAM)
THIRTEEN - PRAYING MANTIS
26
KONG SAN GUN (KKU SAEN KKUNG)
EAGLE
27
SA DOO JANG CHO DAN
SNAKE, HEAD, BODY 1ST DEGREE
28
SA DOO JANG EE DAN
SNAKE, HEAD, BODY 2ND DEGREE
29
SA DOO JANG SAM DAN
SNAKE, HEAD, BODY 3RD DEGREE
 
2ND DAN
30
SIM PA (SIN WHA)
MIND OVER WAVE
31
SAE PA (SSA IWHA)
COLD WAVE
32
AEM PI (AEN SHU U)
SWALLOW
33
TAE PYUNG (TTA PPUNG)
GREAT PEACE
34
SAM JIN (SSO TJIN)
THREE MOVES FORWARD
35
SAM JON (SSAN SSAEN)
THREE FIGHTING MOVES
36
SSANG DAHN DO HYUNG SO
SMALL DOUBLE SHORT KNIFE FORMATION
37
BON KOOK KUM BUP IL HYUNG
SWORD FORMATION #1
38
BON KOOK KUM BUP EE HYUNG
SWORD FORMATION #2
39
BON KOOK KUM BUP SAM HYUNG
SWORD FORMATION #3
 
3RD DAN
40
BAN SOO
OPPOSITE HANDS
41
HAE SAN
PART THE OCEAN
42
SIP PAL
EIGHTEEN - PRAYING MANTIS
43
SAM BANG SOO
THREE WAYS OF THE HAND
44
JOONG SIP SOO
HEAVY BEAR
45
EE SIP SA BO
24 STEPS
46
SUN BUP
LINE OF LAW (FAN FORMATION)
 
4TH DAN
47
SA BANG KWON
FOUR WAYS OF THE FIST
48
WOON SHOO
CLOUD HAND
49
LO HI CHO DAN
SEA GULL 1ST DEGREE
50
LO HI EE DAN
SEA GULL 2ND DEGREE
51
LO HI SAM DAN
SEA GULL 3RD DEGREE
52
BYUN SOO SIN
HAND AND BODY CHANGING MOVEMENTS
 
 
 
 
5TH DAN
53
O SIP SA BO
TIGER - 54 MOVEMENTS
 
54
DAE SOO
BY HAND
 
55
MA JIN
RUNNING HORSE
 
56
SA MYUNG JANG
4 WAY LIGHT PALM
 
57
BBI BBI YA CHO DAN
BUDDHIST MIND - WARM MIND
 
58
BBI BBI YA EE DAN
BUDDHIST MIND - WARM MIND
 
59
BBI BBI YA SAM DAN
BUDDHIST MIND - WARM MIND
60
BON KOOK KUM BUP SA HYUNG
SWORD FORMATION #4

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