Located in the vibrant Overbrook section of Philadelphia, Richardson's Martial Arts Academy is located in the Haverford Avenue Shoppes Mall, just steps from the intersection of City Line Avenue (Rt. 1) and Haverford Avenue.
Our instructors are true professionals who truly care about all of our students regardless of age, rank or condition. They LOVE teaching the art of Tang Soo Do and it shows! Teaching at our studio is their full-time job. They foster a sense of community in which all students support and encourage each other. Our students include families, children, teens, adults, special needs students and Black Belt students who train in a supportive community atmosphere!
Tang Soo Do training includes conditioning exercises, drills, forms and weapons training. Our studio is state of the art including matted floors and safe, up to date equipment.
We offer Tang Soo Do Martial Arts training for students ages 3 and up, in both age and rank appropriate classes.
Tiny Tigers - children ages 3-6 train on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:45-6:15pm
Little Dragons - children ages 6-8 train on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:15-6:45pm
Youth - children ages 8-14 train on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6pm
Teen & Adult Mixed Classes - Teens and Adults age 14 & up train on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7-8pm
Special Needs - all ages train on Saturdays from 12-1pm
Black Belt - Students who have achieved the rank of Black Belt (Cho - Sam Dan) train on Monday s from 7-8pm.
Tang Soo Do is an ancient 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 all 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.