Tang Soo Do is a Korean martial art which teaches empty hand and foot fighting, fighting forms, self-defence, and weapons. Tang Soo Do also teaches people to live a healthy and harmonious life. This ancient martial art traces its lineage back 2,000 years to the Korean peninsula.

The International family of the World Tang Soo Do Association started on the 13 November 1982, and under the guidance of Grandmaster Jae C. Shin has grown from 17 member studi-os and 164 charter-members to an association with more than 500 member studios and over 100,000 members in 36 countries, striving forward for a common purpose, following the mottos of TRADITIONALISM, PROFESSIONALISM and BROTHERHOOD.

In today’s society, there is no doubt that martial arts training is on the rise and that people are becoming more interested in learning self-defence skills. Tang Soo Do is an extremely effective method of self-defence. But there are many other reasons why men, women and children from all walks of life have taken up Tang Soo Do training.

This ancient form of martial art is known for having the most effective training methods for self-discipline, self-confidence, physical fitness, stress management and the ultimate form of self-defence techniques. We are proud to announce that 35% of our total membership includes women, children and older adult students. Our students range in age from 4 years old to 78 years old.
Whatever brings each of us to Tang Soo Do, we all set goals in our training; BLACK BELT or MASTER. But, Belts only symbolize the goal, they are not the goal itself. The real value of Tang Soo Do is not the belt you earn, but the changes that occur within you, in your quest for them. These changes include the betterment of your mind, body and spirit and the development of individual character and respect for others. The true goal of Tang Soo Do training is to use the lessons you learn in the studio to enrich every part of your life.
The Essence of Tang Soo Do is to live in perfect harmony with the laws of nature. To become one with nature is what we strive to attain. To understand, appreciate, and apply these laws is our goal.

Meaning of Tang Soo Do



Refers to T’ang Dynasty of China, reflecting on the cultural background be-tween China & Korea (617—907AD)


Means hand, but implies Fist, Punch, Strike, Defence, etc.


Means way of life or art

Belt System

10th Gup

Beginner’s Belt Colour. Primitive stage of achievement. The seed asleep under the snow.

9th Gup

Transition Belt between White and Orange.

8th Gup

New growth appearing in spring. Our Tang Soo Do knowledge begins to reveal itself.

7th Gup

Transition Belt between Orange and Green.

6th Gup

Speedy development of youth as summer arrives.

5th Gup

Transition Belt between Green and Brown.

4th Gup

Power, stability, agility, weight and wisdom. Stabilizing stage, both mentally and physically.


3th Gup

Transition Belt between Brown and Red.

2nd Gup

Blood, life, energy, attention and control. Students power and techniques begin to bloom and ripen.

1st Gup

Transition Belt between Red and Blue.

Cho Dan Bo

Maturity, respect and honour. Black Belt Candidate. Student prepares mind and body for final step to attain Black Belt.

Cho Dan

Mastery, calmness, dignity and sincerity. Final stage in one life cycle and beginning of another.

Promotion Requirements

Prior to Grading 1. Member in good standing with the studio they train in and the association. 2. A letter of intent to promote is sent to the students school and students home, requesting feedback on whether or not they feel that the student deserves to promote. 3....

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Five Codes of Tang Soo Do

LOYALTY TO COUNTRY As it implies, it is how a person is loyal to and respects their country. The smallest dead can be viewed as loyalty to country e.g.: picking up a piece of paper and throwing it in the bin. If every person did a little it would make a big difference...

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Equipment used in Training

Do Bohk (Uniform) Jacket, pants & belt. “Do” = Way of life, “Bohk” = Robe or clothes. Traditionally white, representing purity, sincerity, peace & initiation. Most difficult colour to maintain, keeping it clean trains us more in devotion and sincerity as a...

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Purpose of Tang Soo Do Training

Self-defence It has become an almost daily event that one reads, sees or hears about a child that has been attacked, be it either by another child, an unknown or even a family member. Furthermore, fights at schools are no longer just two pupils having a couple of...

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Attitude Requirements to Master Tang Soo Do

1. Purpose of training should be enhancement of mental and physical betterment
2. Serious approach
3. All out effort
4. Maintain regular and constant practice
5. Practice basic techniques all the time
6. Regular spaced practice sessions
7. Always listen to and follow the direction of instructors or seniors
8. Do not be overly ambitious
9. Frequently inspect your own achievements
10. Always follow a routine training schedule
11. Repeatedly practice all techniques already learned
12. When you learn new techniques, learn thoroughly the theory and philosophy as well
13. When you begin to feel idle, try to overcome this.
14. Cleanliness is required after training. Keep yourself and your surroundings clean.

Rules in the Dojang

1. Arrive at least 15 minutes before the class is scheduled to start.
2. Salute the flags when entering and leaving the dojang floor.
3. Avoid taking part in loud or controversial activities.
4. Students should remain silent during training, unless otherwise instructed by the instructor.
5. Warm up prior to class.
6. Do not chew gum or smoke.
7. Wear a clean white uniform with no markings except those permitted by the WTSDA.
8. Students and instructors should use Tang Soo Do terminology at all times.
9. Observe the rules and codes of Tang Soo Do to the best of your ability.
10. All students should take part in cleaning the dojang since a high degree of cleanliness must be maintained.
11. Students should notify their instructor in advance of any absence.
12. The student should not loose self-control, prudence or composure.
13. Members should observe proper protocol and orderliness.
14. The dojang should always be kept clean, in order and well ventilated.

Procedure of Class

1. Salutation
Upon entering the class, everyone bows. Then greeting each other from senior to junior members.
2. Commencing of Class
Line Up for formal opening of class.
3. Warm Ups
Various exercises to aid with flexibility, strength, agility etc.
4. Basics
Stances, Blocks, Strikes and Kicks.
5. Forms
Series of basic techniques in a logical sequence against imaginary adversaries
6. Sparring
Controlled Fighting Practice
7. Question & Answers
Theoretical section of the class
8. Closing off of class
Line Up for formal closing of class.