What is Tang Soo Do?
Grandmaster John St. James on Tang Soo Do
“Tang Soo Do” is a traditional Korean martial art which teaches empty hand and foot techniques, forms or practice patterns, self-defense and traditional martial arts weaponry. Most importantly, Tang Soo Do teaches to live a healthy and harmonious life. This ancient martial art traces its lineage back as far as ancient China.
In today’s society, there is no doubt that martial arts training is on the rise and that people are becoming more interested in learning how to defend themselves. Tang Soo Do is an extremely effective method of self-defense. But there are many other reasons why men, women , and children from all walks of life have taken up Tang Soo Do training. This ancient form of martial art is known for having the most effective training methods for self-discipline, self-confidence, physical fitness, and stress management. In effect, Tang Soo Do is a superb vehicle for peak performance training. Our teaching develops the whole person; mind, body, and spirit.
Our teaching offers a blend of physical and mental development as well as state of the art leadership training. Our focus is on learning, growing, and sharing. Perhaps this is why our Federation has grown in a relatively short period of time to be one of the most respected organizations in the world. Our instructors conduct classes and programs geared for the entire family. Our classes emphasize structure, tradition, and proper etiquette or protocol. Our instructors are caring, compassionate, and there to serve. Our classes are done in a family friendly atmosphere which allows all students to grow at their own pace.
Some students join to lose weight while others join to build confidence. Some start to develop discipline and razor sharp focus while others come to reduce stress and improve their overall fitness. No matter what the reason, we are constantly told by our students how every aspect of their lives has improved since starting Tang Soo Do.
Whatever brings you to us, we welcome you and want you to know that the true goal of Tang Soo Do training is to use the lessons you learn in the studio to enrich every part of your life while enriching others.”
Grandmaster John St. James
President and Founding Master
Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation
Atlanta, Georgia, USA