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.



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.


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/MMA

Modern Kick Boxing and MMA consists of a hybrid of many different grappling and striking styles. A full-contact combat sport that allows striking and grappling, both standing and on the ground, using techniques from various combat sports and martial arts. The first documented use of the term mixed martial arts was in a review of UFC 1 by television critic Howard Rosenberg in 1993. The term gained popularity when, then one of the largest websites covering the sport, hosted and republished the article. It’s freestyle and unpredictable nature most closely mimic the intesity of actual combat.