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.