It is the scientific use of the body in methods of self defense, combined with a strict philosophy guiding the practitioner towards discovering their full potential. Tang Soo Do, translated means "Hand Striking Way," and is the means to forge a body towards gaining ultimate use of its faculties through intensive physical and mental training. It is an art of self defense and philosophy: its secrets cannot be bought at any price other than serious and rigorous training. It is an art tempered on the lawns of Buddhist monasteries, against the steel of wandering bandits and on the fields of combat. Its history is a long and honorable one.
TheTang Soo Do art is not essentially competitive, but it has great combat applications. It is a classical martial art and its purpose is to develop every aspect of the self to create a mature human being who totally integrates intellect, body, emotions, and spirit.