A Non-Violent Martial Art

In my neighborhood, there was once an Aikido studio with a giant banner that read “A Non-Violent Martial Art”.  The studio was located right off the freeway exit to my neighborhood so I would drive by it often.  Unfortunately, this studio is no longer there.  Like several other martial arts studios, they closed when the COVID pandemic continuedContinue reading “A Non-Violent Martial Art”

The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Terminology/History/Philosophy

In part 10 of my series on the purpose of Tang Soo Do training, I will be going over the purpose of learning terminology, history, and philosophy, and how this aspect of Tang Soo Do training fits into the global self-defense system.   First and foremost, learning terminology and history have nothing to do with self-defense.  LearningContinue reading “The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Terminology/History/Philosophy”

Thoughts on Honor and Loyalty in Martial Arts

Right off the bat, I am going to apologize for this post.  For many, many years I have had thoughts and ideas regarding honor and loyalty as it pertains to martial arts.  I have yet to have a concise series of ideas that follow a clear progression towards a conclusion.  All I have is a random smattering ofContinue reading “Thoughts on Honor and Loyalty in Martial Arts”

The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Weapons

In part 9 of my series on the purpose of Tang Soo Do training, I will be going over the purpose of weapons training, and how this aspect of Tang Soo Do training fits into the global self-defense system.   When I talk about weapons, I am talking about the following: Bong (staff), Dan Gum (knife),Continue reading “The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Weapons”

The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Breaking

In part 8 of my series on the purpose of Tang Soo Do training, I will be going over the purpose of breaking, kyuck pa, and how this aspect of Tang Soo Do training fits into the global self-defense system.   In many ways, breaking has started to go by the wayside.  Much like sparring, many studiosContinue reading “The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Breaking”

The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Self-Defense

In part 7 of this series, I will be going over the purpose of self-defense, ho sin sul, and how this aspect of Tang Soo Do training fits into the global self-defense system.  It can be somewhat confusing when referring to ho sin sul as self-defense; isn’t the entire art of Tang Soo Do for self-defense?  HoContinue reading “The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Self-Defense”

The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Free Sparring

In part 6 of this series, I will be going over the purpose of free sparring, ja yu dae ryun, and how this aspect of Tang Soo Do training fits into the global self-defense system.  As three step sparring is an extension of one step sparring, free sparring is an extension of three step sparring.  The gapContinue reading “The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Free Sparring”

The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Three Step Sparring

In part 5 of this series, I will be going over the purpose of three step sparring, sam soo sik dae ryun, and how this aspect of Tang Soo Do training fits into the global self-defense system.  Three step sparring in some regards is just an extension of one step sparring so many of the sameContinue reading “The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Three Step Sparring”

The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – One Step Sparring

In part 4 of this series, I will be going over the purpose of one step sparring, ill soo sik dae ryun, and how this aspect of Tang Soo Do training fits into the global self-defense system.  One step sparring is probably the area of training that takes the most criticism.   When someone sees one stepContinue reading “The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – One Step Sparring”

The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Forms

In part 3 of this series on the purpose of Tang Soo Do, I will be discussing the reasons for doing forms.  In part 2, I went over the purpose of basic techniques and forms is the logical next step.  In the most simplistic sense, forms are just a pre-arranged set of basic techniques.  If you dissect aContinue reading “The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Forms”