Tang Su Do Academy - Tang Su Do Hak Won

As stated before in this site, the same chinese characters mean "way of the China hand" both in Chinese and Korean languages. Moreover, a Japanese may read them Kara Te Do, meaning approximately the same thing. Whereas this clearly states the Chinese origin of the art (with Tang standing for "China" because of the great cultural and economical influence that the Tang Dynasty - 618 / 907 A.C. - had all over the eastern world), it also tells us the common ground where modern Martial Arts, let them be Chinese, Japanese, Okinawan, Korean, etc., took their first steps on.hill2 More recently, Tang Su Do (some may write Tang Soo Do or Dang Su Do as well) has been known as "Traditional Korean Karate" in order to distinguish this Art both from Japanese Karate and from Korean Tae Kwon Do. The latter two (with the exception of some branches), in fact, quite a few years ago have oriented their practice towards a sportive / agonistic direction, whereas (still - sorrowfully - with some exceptions!) Tang Su Do strictly remains and should remain a Martial Art, where competitions are just a mean to reach a goal, not the goal itself. From this perspective we can accept the "Traditional Korean Karate" definition of Tang Su Do… but still we need to state that our Art is in fact a Korean style of a classical martial that, especially in the past, crossed all the political boundaries of Far East countries and which we can simply call Mu-Do (budo) - (Wu-Tao in Chinese, Bu-Do in Japanese).hillAs a matter of fact, Mu-Do is always translated and accepted in western languages as Martial Art with "Martial" exclusively meaning "warlike" in its bellicose sense. This could lead to Tang Su Do meaning "Art of War", as we know by having seen its employ during the Korean and Vietnam wars. But this is only partially true. If we want to dig deeper we may find that the textual translation of Mu-Do is "Way of Negation". From there we may derive that, given a conflict situation, of whatever kind of violence: physical, social, psychological, sexual, generational, economical, racial, or else, Tang Su Do will be a way to say "NO" to violence; that is finding a solution to stop the conflict. This sheds new light on the matter and is obviously much more in tune with the ancient roots of the Art, which are to be found among the oriental philosophies of Taoism and Buddhism.
Working on these basis, the purpose of our Tang Su Do Academy (Tang Su Do Hak-Won) is to preserve the ancient traditions and follow the path that they are showing, in order to accomplish a goal that goes far beyond technical skills, self-defence abilities, athletics, display of power or whatever Martial Arts are nowadays commonly referred to. Our only purpose is to better ourselves, mentally, physically and spiritually, and help ourselves to be more aware of our possibilities and thus improve our ways of relating to the outside world in ordinary life.
This rather hard goal may be reached in so many different ways (we are not claiming to be the only owners of the recipe, of course!), i.e. through different forms of art, such as Poetry, Music, Sculpture, etc…: we have chosen Mu-Do, The Art of Stopping the Conflict, and we call our own style Tang Su Do Hak Won.
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