VMAA Tang Soo Do
Tang Soo Do is a Korean form of Karate founded in 1945 by Grandmaster Hwang
Kee. Primarily a "stand up" martial art it's self-defense philosophy is
based upon mobility and accurate striking to vital areas of an aggressor's
body. It's lineage can be traced to the Shorin style of Okinawan Karate as
developed by Soken Matsumura and Anko Itosu in the latter part of the 19th
century. Tang Soo Do emphasizes a scientific system of movement that allows
practitioners to be efficient and powerful while conserving energy and is
famous for its eclectic array of kicking techniques.
Our curriculum includes the traditional practice of Hyung (forms) to develop
a high level of physical fitness, mental clarity and explosive power. In
addition we stress an understanding of practical and effective self-defense
techniques to protect against strikes, grabs, chokes, takedowns and weapons.
This is supplemented with the practice of controlled fighting (sparring),
the rules of which vary depending upon age and technical proficiency. Please
reference the corresponding links to our Little Dragon, Children and Adult
classes for more information.