Our Style: Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan
The art of Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan ("American Brotherhood of the Empty Hand Defense") is taught throughout the United States, Mexico and Chile. The TAC (technical advisory committee) has dedicated itself to developing a comprehensive curriculum that harmonizes with the natural aging process of the human species. As we age we begin to develop certain bodily limitations, i.e.., decreased flexibility, decrease muscle density, loss of calcium in skeletal system, decreased endurance, speed and strength. These natural bodily challenges cause us to adjust our training requirements for keeping ourselves physically and mentally fit. Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan strives to blend both hard and soft style techniques in a natural way. When practitioners are young, they have an affinity for hard, explosive and athletic techniques which compliment their young pliable and developing bodies. Their youthful exuberance craves the challenges that the Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan Self Defense System imparts.
As practitioners approach middle age, their body begins to transform and he or she needs to modify the execution of their techniques to reflect these natural changes. Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan compliments this process by introducing techniques that blend both hard and soft attributes. And finally, as practitioners move toward the golden years and their bodies once again begin to transform in accordance with aging process they will need to practice techniques that don't cause damage to their bodies. Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan has a full compliment of soft techniques that allow our elderly citizens to continue to enjoy the study of martial arts for the rest of their lives.
Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan was developed from combining the teachings and techniques of many traditional martial arts systems. Some of the martial arts styles that were drawn on for it's development are the traditional systems of Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan, Karate Do, Aikido, Jujitsu, Tai Chi Chuan, Shaolin Kung Fu, Hai Dong Gumdo (Korean Sword), and Philippine Kali.
The basic components that comprise the Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan curriculum are meditation, stretching and conditioning, cardiovascular training, basic hand and foot techniques (blocking, kicking and striking), hyungs (forms, preset patterns of movement that teach students how make transitions between offensive and defensive techniques), one-step sparring (block and counter techniques), self defense (grappling and joint locking techniques), weapons training, and free sparring techniques.
Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan was designed to foster a thorough understanding of the concepts of self-defense and character development. The principles stressed in Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan are: respect, confidence, discipline, mental alertness, and a positive attitude towards life. Our qualified instructors are all internationally certified, energetic and outgoing.
Our master instructors participate in continual advanced training in order to upgrade their skills. They have a sincere interest in your self-improvement and in helping you to reach your goals. Classes are intense workouts and we offer exciting programs for adults, children and families. Our convenient and flexible scheduling has been designed with our students busy lives in mind.
Our international association publishes an inspirational quarterly newsletter to help keep you motivated and informed. Throughout the course of each year we regularly provide educational clinics, seminars, optional tournaments and various social events, for which our students can have opportunities outside the classroom to meet and socialize with others who share their common visions and goals. Our internationally certified studios (dojangs) are dedicated to helping others develop confidence through self-defense skills. Our modern teaching techniques focus on the nature and structure of conflicts and how we can resolve them peacefully. Safety is always our greatest concern as we have a genuine interest in our student's progress and development. Our staff is willing to go the extra mile for you.
"Where there is preparation...there is no fear!"