SELF DEFENSE PHILOSOPHY
Self Defense or Ho Sin Sul is the reason our Martial Arts program exists. We train in multiple areas but all of them lead to an individual's ability to defend themselves, and others effectively. In the end, we can teach you to have amazing forms, handle a staff with speed and precision, and spar like a pro, but if you can't defend yourself confidently on the street, you have wasted your time, money, and effort. In our program, you will find that you've earned an great return on your investment!
We offer training on several traditional weapons platforms. We teach the staff, kubaton, dagger/knife, and sword. However, it must be noted that weapons training is dependent on rank of the individual student. For example, a student that has earned the rank of Red Belt, would begin staff/bong training, and so on.
YOUTH & ADULTS
We currently offer classes for two age groups, 5-12 year olds, and ages 13 through Adult.
Additionally, we offer Martial Arts training for some learning disabilities, as well as some physical disabilities. We do need to acess potential students in this regard to determine if our program is a good match for their needs.
Many of our students and families can offer testimonials about the positive changes they've seen after joining our school.
Parents frequently ask if we will take students under the age of 5. The reason we normally don't register children under 5 is simple. Though we are a business, I believe in giving families a good return for their investment. Most (but not all) children under 5 simply don't have the focus or maturity to do well in this setting. We ask parents in these cases to give their children a little more time to grow, and then we'll be happy for them to join us!
We teach three types of sparring in our program. "Free Sparring" is a method we use to teach footwork, flow, agility, combinations, and so on. Free sparring is the foundation of all our sparring.
"Point Sparring" is exactly what it sounds like. It is sparring that involves sparring like you would see in a tournament setting, and involves judges calling for points.
Finally, we teach sparring for the street. This is very different from the other types but does call on the lessons learned in the other types of sparring, as well as self defense.
IT'S NOT A SPORT
TANG SOO DO is not a sport. We are not a MMA program, and our primary purpose is not to compete in tournaments. Do we teach joint locks/bars, submission techniques? Yes. Do we compete in tournaments? Yes. We would never disparrage other forms of training in any way. However, we are not about trophies. We are about the whole person; spirit, mind, and body. We represent a great Traditional Korean Martial Art that's origins go back more than 2,000 years, and we believe that after a short time you will agree with us. "It is one of the best Martial Arts systems on earth!"