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Our Style: Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan

The art of Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan ("American Brotherhood of the  Empty Hand Defense") is taught throughout the United States, Mexico and Chile. The TAC (technical advisory committee) has dedicated itself to developing a comprehensive curriculum that  harmonizes with the natural aging process of the human species. As  we age we begin to develop certain bodily limitations, i.e.., decreased flexibility, decrease muscle density, loss of calcium in  skeletal system, decreased endurance, speed and strength. These  natural bodily challenges cause us to adjust our training  requirements for keeping ourselves physically and mentally fit. Tang  Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan strives to blend both hard and soft style  techniques in a natural way. When practitioners are young, they have  an affinity for hard, explosive and athletic techniques which  compliment their young pliable and developing bodies. Their youthful  exuberance craves the challenges that the Tang Soo Do Mi Guk  Kwan Self Defense System imparts.  


As practitioners approach middle age, their body  begins to transform and he or she needs to  modify the execution of their techniques to reflect these natural changes. Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan compliments this process by introducing  techniques that blend both hard and soft attributes. And finally, as practitioners move  toward the golden years and their bodies once  again begin to transform in accordance with aging process they will need to practice  techniques that don't cause damage to their  bodies. Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan has a full  compliment of soft techniques that allow our  elderly citizens to continue to enjoy the study of  martial arts for the rest of their lives. 


Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan was developed from combining the  teachings and techniques of many traditional martial arts systems.  Some of the martial arts styles that were drawn on for it's  development are the traditional systems of Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan, Karate Do, Aikido, Jujitsu, Tai Chi Chuan, Shaolin Kung Fu, Hai Dong Gumdo (Korean Sword), and Philippine Kali.


The basic components that comprise the Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan curriculum are meditation, stretching and conditioning,  cardiovascular training, basic hand and foot techniques (blocking, kicking and striking), hyungs (forms, preset patterns of movement  that teach students how make transitions between offensive and defensive techniques), one-step sparring (block and counter  techniques), self defense (grappling and joint locking techniques),  weapons training, and free sparring techniques.  


Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan was designed to foster a thorough understanding of the concepts of self-defense and  character development. The  principles stressed in Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan are: respect, confidence, discipline, mental  alertness, and a positive attitude towards life. Our qualified instructors are all internationally certified, energetic and outgoing.

Our master instructors participate in continual advanced training in order to upgrade their skills. They have a sincere interest in your self-improvement and in helping you to reach your goals. Classes are intense workouts and we offer exciting  programs for adults, children and families. Our convenient and flexible scheduling has been designed with our  students busy lives in mind.

Our international association publishes an inspirational quarterly newsletter to help keep you motivated and informed. Throughout the course of each year we regularly provide educational clinics, seminars, optional tournaments and various social events, for which our students can have opportunities outside  the classroom to meet and socialize with others who share their common visions and goals. Our internationally certified studios (dojangs) are dedicated to helping others develop confidence through self-defense skills. Our modern teaching techniques focus on the nature and structure of conflicts and how we can  resolve them peacefully. Safety is always our greatest concern as we have a genuine interest in our student's  progress and development. Our staff is willing to go the extra mile for you. 


"Where there is preparation...there is no fear!"



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