Philosophy of the Belt System

Tang Soo Do is an ancient martial art which originated 2,000 years ago in Korea. Superficially, Tang Soo Do is a method of empty hand, and foot and weapon fighting, based on the scientific use of the body in self-defense. Technically, Tang Soo Do is based on the principles of yielding, circular motion, and penetration. Applications of the above fashioned movements to a human’s weakest points (vital points) will have no equal in power or effectiveness. The reputation for superior kicking techniques and development of the legs is another proud asset of Tang Soo Do. As a student, you will learn to use your hands and feet in such a manner as to simulate actual combat with an armed or unarmed opponent. With these skills, we guarantee you a method of self-defense that has no equal. Today, the techniques and philosophy are still taught as they were in ancient times, although the system has adjusted to the physical needs of modern lifestyles. Most of all, this mysterious art is designed to develop individual character, mental strength, integrity, and respect for others.

A Black Belt is a White Belt who never quit!

Beginner’s belt color.  White represents a primitave stage, ready to learn and grow.  It is the dormant stage of a new member.

Motivational stage between White and Purple.

Purple represents new growth, like the spring of the seasons. The member has new knowledge to grow and a sense of Tang Soo Do direction is developed.

Green represents the speedy development of youth as summer arrives; a sense of pride has come over the member.

Red represents power, stability, agility, weight and wisdom. This is like the high school years. The member begins to flower and bloom.

Midnight Blue (black belt) represents maturity, respect, & honor. It is the completion of a goal or one stage of life. It is a new pathway to higher ranks of black belt. Its graduating from high school and going on to college to become a master. The mind is clear and calm. The body is a machine that can move and react in a split second.