The art of Tang Soo Do is depicted as an Eternal Triangle in which the body, mind and spirit are interrelated. The concept of the eternal triangle is used to design classes that will simultaneously develop all aspects of the total person.
MEANING OF TANG SOO DO
Literally translated, the word "TANG" means Tang Dynasty of China, which reflects the shared cultural background between China and Korea (617 -907AD). "SOO" means hand, but implies defensive strike. "DO" means way of life or art. Thus "TANG SOO DO" means the Korean classical martial art which was influenced by the Tang method of martial art.
HISTORY OF TANG SOO DO
The exact origin of Tang Soo Do (as well as any of the martial arts in general) is obscure, though there are a number of historical theories. However, the most credible and the traditional view is that martial arts originated not in any one country, but in almost all parts of the world as the were needed by primitive people. The ancient ancestral art of Korean Tang Soo Do can be traced back to the period if the three kingdoms. They are as follows;
Koguryo Founded in 37BC in Northern Korea
Silla Founded in 57BC in the S.East peninsula
Paekche Founded in 18BC in the S.West of the peninsula
After a long series of wars, the Silla Dynasty united the three kingdoms in 668 AD. Among the three kingdoms, the Silla Dynasty was the most famous for it's development of martial arts. A corps formed by young aristocrats who were ca...