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    Moo Duk Kwan

The spirit of martial arts

I find something special in all martial arts. For most, the introduction to any style comes from TV or the movies, but step into any training hall and you will find the essence of what it is to train in a martial art.

Tang Soo Do is a striking style of martial art, in that it utilises hand strikes, kicks and blocks. It is considered both a hard and soft style in that not all moves or blocks are done with direct force, the moving in and out of the path of danger offers opportunity to redirect an opponents energy. Having said that, Tang Soo Do is known for it’s kicking artistry!

A Tang Soo Do practitioner does not just learn the various physical moves, they learn style, it’s history and they learn discipline and respect for the art and for other people.

Tang Soo do training consists of forms, one step sparring, free sparring (no contact or light contact), line work (executing the various kicks, punches and blocks in a line) and various self-defense moves.

Famous Tang Soo Do Practitioners

As an aside, here are just a few names you might have heard of that have links with Tang Soo Do:

  • Hwang Kee: Kee was the founder of the Moo Duk Kwan Soo Bahk Do (Tang Soo Do) organisation. Most Tang Soo Do schools trace their lineage to him.
  • Billy Blanks: Blanks is the man behind the famous Tae Bo series of videos, which are some of the most well-known cardio kickboxing products on the market. He started his martial arts training with Tang Soo Do.
  • Chuck Norris: Norris, one of the most famous martial arts movie actors of all-time, began training in Tang Soo Do after joining the Air Force as an Air Policeman in 1958. He eventually achieved black belt status in the art.

For me, martial arts has always been a passion, I was fortunate, having tried several other styles, to have lived in a place long enough and that had enough classes nearby, to have trained to Dan grade over a number of years. Though I have now moved far from those classes, Tang So Do lives with me and I have the same passion now as I ever did.

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Stretching for flexibility and health

As with many martial arts, flexibility training is a key part of the lesson structure. Is being able to perform the splits essential? No. Sure, if you have a wider range of flexibility you will be able to train to do higher kicks but it is the technique that is most important and through continued training those techniques will improve in speed, power, accuracy and timing.

So why stretch? Stretching (even outside of martial arts) has shown to give both physical and mental benefits. Increasing your flexibility will not only lengthen your muscles helping you feel more mobile in your daily life, but the act of regular stretching can help your mind and spirit.

Disclaimer: Work within your own limits, never over stretch and as always, consult your doctor should you be in any doubt that a stretching routine may cause or exacerbate an existing injury.

Use common sense …

There are many types of stretching, focusing on any individual one will not give the best overall result. For the ideal stretching routine, combine a number of the following types of stretch:

  • Static stretching
  • Dynamic stretching
  • Isometric stretching
  • Active stretching
  • Passive stretching

Static Stretching

Stretching a muscle to it’s furthest point and then holding that position.

Dynamic Stretching

Controlled movements (e.g. swinging the leg from front to back) to increase the range of movement in a particular part of the body.

Isometric Stretching

A type of static stretching which utilises isometric contractions (tensing) of the stretched muscles.

Active Stretching

Holding a stretch with no assistance other than the strength of the opposing muscles.

Passive Stretching

Utilising another person or an object to assist in bringing a joint from a relaxed position through it’s full range of motion.

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