History of Tang Soo Do




"Tang Soo Do" as written in Korean is the art we practice

and translates as "The Way of the Empty (or Chinese) hand" in English.


"Tang Soo Do" is a Korean Martial Art,

based partly on Okinawan and Japanese Karate and

partly on indigenous Korean martial arts.


It originates from a martial art called SOO BAHK KI, which was eventually combined with the code of ethics of a group of warriors called the HWARANG and formed a new art called SOO BAHK DO. One student of SOO BAHK DO Hwang Gi became the founder of MOO DUK KWAN.


The style "Moo Duk Kwan", which translates to ‘School of Martial Virtue’, is the name of the style of Tang Soo Do founded by Master Hwang Gi in 1945.


Since that time Moo Duk Kwan has spread to many countries throughout the world. Tang Soo Do has many similarities to the Japanese art of KARATE-DO and to the Chinese arts of KUNG FU.


Though there are historical links between many of the oriental fighting systems and many common traditions which are still followed, each art has its own unique aims and character. TANG SOO DO  is no exception to this being a martial art with many differing aspects from philosophy to sport; from history to self defence. There is a lot for the student to learn, besides it is healthy and good fun for all.