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The History of Tang Soo Do ( Moo Duk Kwan )

Grandmaster Hwang Kee Tang Soo Do is one of Korea's foremost and oldest martial arts. Its roots can be placed back to the period of the 'Three Kingdoms' approximately 2000 years ago.

The 'Three Kingdoms' were known as :

Koquryo - 37 BC
Silla (pronounced Shilla) - 57 BC
Paekche - 18 BC

During this period the Tang Dynasty was all powerful in China. The Silla Kingdom sent a corps of elite youths, known as the Hwa Rang Dan to China to study and learn martial arts. With the help of China, Silla defeated the other two kingdoms, and consequently unified Korea in 668 AD. The Korean martial arts were very popular at this time and different styles continued to evolve.

With World War II (1939-45) Korea was annexed by Japan, and the practice of traditional Korean martial arts was restricted to the military. Many practitioners took refuge in the mountains to preserve their art. After World War II, and the subsequent lifting of restrictions, different schools of martial arts were soon formed.

School Member styles:
Moo Duk Kwan Moo Duk Kwan
Ji Do Kwan Ji Do Kwan / Yon Moo Kwan / Han Moo Kwan
Chang Moo Kwan Kang Duk Kwan / Kang Moo Kwan / Cheong Moo Kwan
Chung Do Kwan Chong Do Kwan / Chong Kyong Kwan / Kuk Moo Kwan / O Do Kwan
Song Moo Kwan Song Moo Kwan

Grandmaster Hwang Kee is the founder and developer of modern Tang Soo Do ( Moo Duk Kwan), the art that we continue to practise today.

There are distinct similarities between Tang Soo Do and:
Shotokan Karate
Kung Fu
Tai Chi
Jujitsu
and many other Martial Arts.

Traditional Taekwondo that follows the Moo Duk Kwan philosophy was developed from Tang Soo Do and is considered a sister art.

Tang Soo Do is in fact a composite style consisting 60% Soo Bahk, 30% Northern Chinese (hard), and 10% Southern Chinese (soft).

As the kicking techniques come from Soo Bahk, they form the basis of our Tang Soo Do. Tang So Do is both a hard and soft style, deriving its hardness from Soo Bahk Ki and the Northern Chinese influences. The soft flowing movements come from the Southern Chinese Tang systems.

Hence we can interpret and understand the current name.

TANG - from the Chinese Tang system
SOO - from Soo Bahk Ki
DO - system or way
Our style of Tang Soo Do is known as Moo Duk Kwan, literally meaning "Martial Virtue School"
Tang Soo Do literally means "China Hand Way"

The Central Northants Traditional Tang Soo Do Association (CNTTSDA) established itself in the Northamptonshire area, branching from Traditional Tang Soo Do Association (TTSDA), currently recognised as one of the leaders in the martial arts world. The classes are taught by qualified instructors under the guidance and tutelage of Master Colin Mantle.

The Association is promoted by integrating the clubs into the community. The club take an active role by demonstrating Tang Soo Do techniques at local charity functions, and other events. Families of the members are actively encouraged to support by attending social, and other family events throughout the year.

The success of the Traditional Tang So Do Association can be attributed to its policy of retaining a strong family spirit, loyalty, respect and discipline. The success has been reflected in the participation of many of its members in local, national and international championships.


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