Because of the weather the school will be closed today.
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Tournament registrations are now closed. Please bring your family and friends to the school tournament.
It will be an exciting and gratifying experience.
Master B and Master D
Mr. Powell (soon to be a red belt) had a homework assignment on Tang Soo Do. Check it out below.
Tang Soo Do
In his book, Master Frederick Scott describes Tang Doo So as a form of martial arts that originated in Korea. It was first given that name by Lee, Won Kuk in 1944, but it incorporates elements of martial arts that have been handed down for centuries.
However, the term martial arts is limiting and often used in ways that do not convey its full meaning and how it applies to Tang Soo Do (at least as practiced at Quest Martial Arts). Although the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines martial arts as “any of several arts of combat and self-defense (such as karate and judo) that are widely practiced as sport,” Tang Soo Do is more than a sport for most of its, and its most devoted, practitioners. Also, martial arts as practiced in Tang Soo Do involve more than simply combat and self-defense.
I believe that Tang Soo Do is best described as a discipline that is intended to develop people to be their best and contribute their best to the world around them. It has several features, including:
- Emphasis on physical ability and fitness, as manifested in the ability to perform many types of complex forms consisting of elaborate sequences of moves, self-defenses (from guns, clubs, and knives), kicks, and sparring at a high level, for sustained repetitions and periods of time, that require agility, flexibility, coordination, attention to detail, and focus.
- Emphasis on character, as manifested in the display of respect and courtesy to seniors in martial arts rank as well as to all others and the incorporation of seven basic tenets (integrity, concentration, perseverance, respect and obedience, self-control, humility, and indomitable spirit) into one’s mental outlook at all times.
- Emphasis on awareness, as manifested in the ability to be fully “present” in every situation and setting, rather than being physically in one place while mentally in another place, and being constantly aware of one’s surroundings.
- Emphasis on other-orientation, as manifested in the readiness to look out for others and be ready to intervene to defend or protect them as needed and encourage them in their own personal development.
- Emphasis on community building and sustaining, as manifested in the readiness to act in the best interest of one’s peers of all ages, community, country, planet, etc.
- Emphasis on family, as manifested in the presence of many families with more than one member involved in Tang Soo Do at Quest Martial Arts and the family-like culture that Quest Martial Arts fosters for all of its members.
In short, I view Tang Soo Do, as represented by Quest Martial Arts, as offering an approach to life that is intended to bring out the best in all who are involved in it or around people who are involved in it.
March 12, 2018