Tang Soo Do is an ancient Korean martial art - a method of empty hand, foot and weapon fighting, based on a scientific use of the body for self-defense. Tang Soo Do training is not about violence or competition, however. As the Grandmaster Emeritrus, Jae C. Shin wrote, "The goal of Tang Soo Do is not to promote violence. As you progress you will realize that Tang Soo Do is a way of life. It provides a way of thinking and acting which will guide you and teach you in alll areas of your life, so that you will be happier, healthier and wiser."
As an art, Tang Soo Do seeks to combine physical, mental and spiritual aspects in training to allow the student to live a healthy and harmonious life. Physically, Tang Soo Do is based on the principles of yielding, circular motion and penetration, defensive skills, handling weapons and developing physical power. Ultimately, a Tang Soo Do student seeks to develop excellent technique and also to develop and perfect one's character. Tang Soo Do students adhere to Five Codes and Seven Tenets.
1. Loyalty to country
2. Obedience to parents
3. Honor friendship
4. No retreat in battle
5. In fighting, choose with sense and honor.
4. Respect and obedience
7. Indomitable Spirit!
Illustration of the Mind-Body-Spirit concept of Tang Soo Do.