The History of Tang Soo Do


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Tang Soo Do

Daniel Hohal is an insurance professional in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Outside of work, Daniel Hohal pursues a passion for martial arts. In fact, Dan Hohal became a black-belt instructor for the World Tang Soo Do Association when he was just 12 years old.

Tang Soo Do is a form of Korean martial arts that traces its roots to the Three Kingdom era in 57 BC. Korea’s indigenous martial arts underwent various developments across two millennia and came to be known by different names, such as Hwa Rang Do, Moo Sul, and Kyuck Too Ki. In the early 1950s, following Korean independence, Korean martial arts once again flourished, and various organizations came up with various names for it. As Korean martial arts entered its modern era, Tang Soo Do became the most recognizable of these names.

At the time, however, nationalistic political leaders wanted to uphold the Korean identity of the martial arts that were beginning to become popular in many parts of the world. They protested the use of the term “Tang Soo Do” because the word “Tang” could be associated with the Chinese. As a result, the government rebranded Korean martial arts with a new name: Tae Kwon Do.

With the passing of time, Tae Kwon Do became a competitive sport, and many instructors abandoned the traditional values associated with martial arts. True lovers of martial arts continued to use the term Tang Soo Do and work hard to preserve its values, which include respect, discipline, self-control, self-improvement, etiquette, and harmonious living.