Yuba Sutter Tang Soo Do Academy continues to use the traditional Korean commands. It should be noted that the English spelling of Korean terms are phonetic equivalents of Korean konji symbols. You may find alternate spellings of these terms in other Tang Soo Do materials. There is no one-right-way to spell these words. The best way to know how to pronounce them is to listen carefully in class. (You may also visit the "Tang Soo Do World" website listed below, look up the word and click the speaker icon. It will pronounce the word for you.)
We continue to use Korean terms for a number of reasons. First, it helps connect us with our martial arts heritage. Tang Soo Do is a Korean martial art. Our founder (and original Grand Master) Hwang Kee was Korean.
As his style grew in popularity and began to spread to other countries, the Korean language remained the official language of the art. Students could train in any Tang Soo Do Dojang in the world and the commands would be the same.
We have had a fairly recent example of this. Two of our students trained with us through green belt. Their father was in the U.S. Airforce and was sent to Osan Airbase in Korea. They picked up right where they left off at a Tang Soo Do studio near the base and were ultimately promoted to black belt by the current Grand Master (Hwang Kee's son) Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang
We have provided listings of the most common terms under this section. For a more detailed list of Tang Soo Do terms please click on the link listed below.