Core Styles

Tang Soo Do

A classical martial art founded in 1945 by Grandmaster Hwang Kee who translated it as meaning "Way of the China hand." This system is a blend of the ancient Korean art of Soo Bahk Do, and the Chinese system called the Tang Method. This system equally stresses the physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines. It is a philosophical and combat based art with little emphasis on sport.

 

Jujitsu

Employed by Samurai on the field of battle, the “Way of Flexibility” is a Japanese system of unarmed fighting that traces back between the 11th and 12th centuries. Characterized as a circular, hard/soft external style it’s renowned for its effectiveness in combat. Jujitsu relies primarily on the ability to use an opponent's strength against them. Jujitsu, in contrast to its more philosophical offspring Aikido and its sports aspect Judo, is based purely on fighting. It employs moving with an opponent's flow, utilizing joint locks, throws, grappling, and striking techniques.

Karate

Much of traditional Tang Soo Do was heavily influenced by Karate. Trade with China introduced Chinese fighting systems, which were incorporated into the existing fighting styles of native Okinawa. Ginchin Funakoshi introduced modern Karate into Japan in the early part of the 20th century. Karate is a hard external style, with its underlying philosophy of using the entire body to focus on a strike. Since it was a working man’s defensive art, many farm and fishing tools were incorporated into the fighting style as weapons. The most popular were the Bo (staff), Sai (plow), Tonfa (Rice crushing Tool), Nunchucku (Rice Flail).

Kick Boxing

Modern Kick Boxing can most closely be traced back several centuries to Muay Thai. American Kick Boxing combines the Boxing Skills of the West, with the kicking styles of Asian Martial Arts. Kick Boxing is a full contact sport with emphasis placed on defensive ability and strategic aggresion. The Jung Su style of Kick Boxing is a modified form of Muay Thai rules using punches, kicks, elbows and knees as it’s primary weapons of attack, and slipping, blocking and moving for defense. It’s freestyle and unpredictable nature most closely mimic the intesity of actual combat.