The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Basic Techniques

In Part 1 of this series, I introduced what I plan to do over the course of the next several posts.  In this post, I will start that process with the purpose of basic techniques in Tang Soo Do.  What are basic techniques?  Well, basics are the stances, strikes, blocks, kicks, and combinations that make up everything weContinue reading “The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Basic Techniques”

The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Introduction

Over the next several weeks, I will be posting 10 separate posts on the purpose of Tang Soo Do training.  These will be technical posts about the different areas of training in Tang Soo Do (and many karate styles as well).  You may have read that the ultimate goal of Tang Soo Do is to become oneContinue reading “The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Introduction”

The Four Types of Forms in Martial Arts

Most karate type martial arts have forms, whether you call them hyung, kata, poomse, etc.  These important aspects of training are set patterns of techniques and movements that teach students a wide variety of principles such as breathing, focus, speed, power, timing, balance, application, and coordination.  In some cases, they are also a link to the past,Continue reading “The Four Types of Forms in Martial Arts”

The Theory of Evolution – Karate Style

The following article is a theory I have developed regarding the evolution of karate techniques.  It is not a research paper; I don’t have sources or references.  This is simply an idea I have regarding how techniques in karate became to be what they are today. When first starting karate, we learn basic techniques: blocks, kicks, stances,Continue reading “The Theory of Evolution – Karate Style”

The Deception of Speed: How to Be Faster When You Are Not

Eureka!  Like a mad scientist, I have unlocked the secret to being faster.  By the end of this article I will have hoped to show you that even as you get older and your physical abilities start to diminish you can still get faster.  The answer my friends is found using everyone’s favorite high school subject…Physics! Before weContinue reading “The Deception of Speed: How to Be Faster When You Are Not”

What It Means to Be One with Nature

Several years ago, a student approached me and asked me a question.  She said, “Master Elmore, I was reading a book on Tang Soo Do and it said that the ultimate goal of all Tang Soo Do practitioners is to become one with nature.  What does that mean?”  I had read this before many times as well butContinue reading “What It Means to Be One with Nature”