About our club

Tang Soo Do is a traditional Korean martial art which teaches self-defence, fighting and weapons. Dragon Tang Soo Do also guides people to live a healthy and harmonious life.

We cater for people with a wide range of abilities and ages (5 years and above). Whether you want to train for fitness and health, or are safety conscious, or simply want to find a hobby to relieve stress, then this maybe for you!

In today’s modern world, more and more people are learning self-defence. Tang Soo Do is a very effective method of self-defence. But there are many other reasons why men, women and children have taken up Tang Soo Do training. Our martial art provides skills such as self-confidence, self-discipline, physical fitness, flexibility, co-ordination and respect.

The real benefits of Dragon Tang Soo Do are not the belts you earn, but the changes that will occur within you. These changes include the enhancement of your mind, body and spirit as well as the development of individual character and respect for others.

The true goal of Dragon Tang Soo Do is to use the lessons you learn in class to enrich every part of your life.

History of Tang Soo Do

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, such as Hwa-Rang Do, Kyuck Too Ki, Moo Sul, Soo Bahk Ki, Soo Byuck Ki, and others.

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, etc… 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. We still respect the original term, Tang Soo Do, and intend 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 (Training Halls) 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 Tang Soo Do practitioners are striving to maintain traditional values of respect, dicipline, self control, self improvement, etiquette and ultimately live a healthy and harmonious life, physically and mentally.

Dates for your Diary

2 December 2020

Black Belt Class, 7pm start:

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16 December 2020

Instructor/3rd Dan and above Class, 7pm start:

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