What is?  Tang Soo Do
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The   very   first   evidence   of   this   ancient   form   of   Korean   martial   arts   appeared   during   the   Three Kingdom    era(57    BC-935    AD)    as    Hwa    Rang    Do.    Since    then,    2,000    years    have    passed.    The indigenous   martial   arts   quietly   developed   through   generations   of   the   Korean   people.   During some   eras   it   flourished   and   other   times   it diminished,   according   to   the   political,   economic   or cultural   environment.   The   art   was   known   by   various   names   throughout   the   eras   as   Hwa   Rang Do,   Moo   Sul,   Kyuck   Too   Ki,   Soo   Bahk   Ki,   Soo   Byuck   Ki,   Taek   Kyun   etc.   respectively.   Following   1945 Korean   independence,   the   Korean   martial   arts   were   again   merged   and   flourished   throughout the   entire   Korean   Peninsula.   Many   organizations   were   founded   with   various   names   such   as   Soo Bahk   Do,   Tang   Soo   Do,   Tae   Soo   Do   and   so   on.   At   the   beginning   of   the   modern   era   of   the   Korean martial   arts,   Tang   Soo   Do   was   the   most   popular   term   for   these   arts,   however,   at   that   time,   the Korean    political    leader    was    concerned    about    establishing    Korean    value    based    on    Korean nationalism.   The   political   leaders   recognized   the   popularity   of   Korean   martial   arts   around   the world,   but   were   opposed   to   the   use   of   the   name   Tang   Soo   Do   for   the   art,   as   it   sounded   like   a Chinese   martial   art,   because   the   first   word   "Tang"   could   be   interpreted   as   representing   the Chinese   Tang   Dynasty   (617-907   AD).   In   1964,   a   government   sponsored   small   group   created   a   new name for the Korean martial arts: Tae Kwon Do.
The World Tang Soo Do Association still respects the original term, Tang Soo Do, and intends to preserve its heritage and value as a traditional way or path. Unfortunately, many Tae Kwon Do instructors did not maintain the traditional values of the true martial arts. Instead, they converted to a sport as they have progressed to the internationally recognized sports arenas such as the Olympic games.
This   was   considered   to   be   a   great   political   achievement,   to   bring   strength   and   prominence   to the   Korean   government   in   International   politics.   True   Martial   Arts   lovers   had   no   place   within these    Tae    Kwon    Do    dojangs    to    continue    to    pursue    traditional    martial    arts    because    they abandoned   many   valuable   aspects   of   true   Martial   Arts   to   become   a   simple   competitive   sport. We,   as   World   Tang   Soo   Do   practitioners   are   striving   to   maintain   traditional   values   of   respect, discipline,    self    control,    self    improvement,    etiquette    and    ultimately    live    a    healthy    and harmonious life, physically and mentally
FROM THE BIRTH OF THE WORLD TANG SOO DO ASSOCIATION TO NOW
In   1968   Master   Jae   Chul   Shin   came   to   the   United   States   of   America   as   the   U.   S.   representative   for the   Korean   Tang   Soo   Do   Association.   He   formed   the   U.   S.   Tang   Soo   Do   Federation   in   Burlington, New   Jersey   in   1968.   This   traditional   Korean   Martial   Art   was   quickly   accepted   and   soon   grew   in popularity     throughout     the     World.     The     organization     reformed     to     fit     new     demands internationally,   and   on   November   13   and   14th,   1982,   a   charter   convention   of   the   World   Tang   Soo Do   Association   was   held   in   Philadelphia,   PA.,   USA.   With   the   advent   of   the   World   Tang   Soo   Do Association, Tang Soo Do began a new era of development as a traditional martial art.
As    of    1996,    the    new    organization    has    grown    at    an    outstanding    rate    to    reach    over    100,000 members   in   36   countries   and   thousands   of   students   are   training   in   the   following   countries; Argentina,   Australia,   Belgium,   Brazil,   Bolivia,   Bulgaria,   Canada,   China,   Chile,   Columbia,   Costa Rica,     Czechoslovakia,     England,     Germany,     Greece,     Guam,     Holland,     India,     Italy,     Korea, Mozambique,   Mexico,   Pakistan,   Peru,   Philippines,   Poland,   Puerto   Rico,   Rumania,   Russia,   Scotland, Seychelles, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Uruguay and the USA .
2018 © The information/content within the pages of the btsda.co.uk web site is the sole property of J Woodford, GBTSD & World Tang Soo Do Association.
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What is Tang Soo Do
The   World   Tang   Soo   Do   Association   still   respects   the   original   term,   Tang   Soo Do,   and   intends   to   preserve   its   heritage   and   value   as   a   traditional   way   or path.   Unfortunately,   many   Tae   Kwon   Do   instructors   did   not   maintain   the traditional   values   of   the   true   martial   arts.   Instead,   they   converted   to   a sport   as   they   have   progressed   to   the   internationally   recognized   sports arenas such as the Olympic games.
This   was   considered   to   be   a   great   political   achievement,   to   bring   strength and   prominence   to   the   Korean   government   in   International   politics.   True Martial    Arts    lovers    had    no    place    within    these    Tae    Kwon    Do    dojangs    to continue   to   pursue   traditional   martial   arts   because   they   abandoned   many valuable   aspects   of   true   Martial   Arts   to   become   a   simple   competitive   sport. We,   as   World   Tang   Soo   Do   practitioners   are   striving   to   maintain   traditional values   of   respect,   discipline,   self   control,   self   improvement,   etiquette   and ultimately live a healthy and harmonious life,  physically and mentally
FROM THE BIRTH OF  THE WORLD TANG SOO DO ASSOCIATION TO NOW
In   1968   Master   Jae   Chul   Shin   came   to   the   United   States   of   America   as   the   U.   S. representative   for   the   Korean   Tang   Soo   Do   Association.   He   formed   the   U.   S. Tang   Soo   Do   Federation   in   Burlington,   New   Jersey   in   1968.   This   traditional Korean    Martial    Art    was    quickly    accepted    and    soon    grew    in    popularity throughout    the    World.    The    organization    reformed    to    fit    new    demands internationally,   and   on   November   13   and   14th,   1982,   a   charter   convention   of the   World   Tang   Soo   Do   Association   was   held   in   Philadelphia,   PA.,   USA.   With   the advent   of   the   World   Tang   Soo   Do   Association,   Tang   Soo   Do   began   a   new   era of development as a traditional martial art.
As   of   1996,   the   new   organization   has   grown   at   an   outstanding   rate   to   reach over    100,000    members    in    36    countries    and    thousands    of    students    are training    in    the    following    countries;    Argentina,    Australia,    Belgium,    Brazil, Bolivia,      Bulgaria,      Canada,      China,      Chile,      Columbia,      Costa      Rica, Czechoslovakia,    England,    Germany,    Greece,    Guam,    Holland,    India,    Italy, Korea,   Mozambique,   Mexico,   Pakistan,   Peru,   Philippines,   Poland,   Puerto   Rico, Rumania,   Russia,   Scotland,   Seychelles,   South   Africa,   Saudi   Arabia,   Sweden, Uruguay and the U.S.A. .
2018 © The information/content within the pages of the btsda.co.uk web site is the sole property of J Woodford, GBTSD & World Tang Soo Do Association.
The    very    first    evidence    of    this    ancient    form    of    Korean    martial    arts appeared   during   the   Three   Kingdom   era(57   BC-935   AD)   as   Hwa   Rang   Do. Since   then,   2,000   years   have   passed.   The   indigenous   martial   arts   quietly developed   through   generations   of   the   Korean   people.   During   some   eras   it flourished   and   other   times   it diminished,   according   to   the   political,   economic or   cultural   environment.   The   art   was   known   by   various   names   throughout the   eras   as   Hwa   Rang   Do,   Moo   Sul,   Kyuck   Too   Ki,   Soo   Bahk   Ki,   Soo   Byuck   Ki, Taek    Kyun    etc.    respectively.    Following    1945    Korean    independence,    the Korean   martial   arts   were   again   merged   and   flourished   throughout   the entire   Korean   Peninsula.   Many   organizations   were   founded   with   various names   such   as   Soo   Bahk   Do,   Tang   Soo   Do,   Tae   Soo   Do   and   so   on.   At   the beginning   of   the   modern   era   of   the   Korean   martial   arts,   Tang   Soo   Do   was the   most   popular   term   for   these   arts,   however,   at   that   time,   the   Korean political   leader   was   concerned   about   establishing   Korean   value   based   on Korean    nationalism.    The    political    leaders    recognized    the    popularity    of Korean   martial   arts   around   the   world,   but   were   opposed   to   the   use   of   the name   Tang   Soo   Do   for   the   art,   as   it   sounded   like   a   Chinese   martial   art, because   the   first   word   "Tang"   could   be   interpreted   as   representing   the Chinese   Tang   Dynasty   (617-907   AD).   In   1964,   a   government   sponsored   small group created a new name for the Korean martial arts: Tae Kwon Do.