Grandmaster Hwang Kee,
Founder of Tang Soo Do/ Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan
The martial art known as Tang Soo Do is relatively modern. However, its roots are from the Korean disciplines of Subak and Taek Kyeon, which date back many centuries ago. Tang Soo Do is a composite style influenced by the Northern Chinese arts, the Southern Chinese arts, and the Okinawan discipline of Karate.
The Chinese influences were as follow; Basic Training ( Seh Bop- method of postures, Bo Bop- method of steps, Ryun Bop- method of conditioning ), and form and combat applications, (Dham Toi Sip E Ro, and Tae Kuk Kwon"). The Okinawan influences were primarily a result of the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910- 1945. The martial of Tang Soo Do embraces both hard and soft style, deriving its hardness in part from the discipline of Subak and its soft flowing movements from the Northern and Southern Chinese systems.
Grandmaster Charles J. Ferraro,
Founder Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan
The art of Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan (" American Brotherhood of the Empty Hand Defense"). The Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan Association, Inc was founded in 1995 by Kwan Jang Nim Charles J. Ferraro ( Grandmaster ). The Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan system is a classical martial art concerned with the scientific and martial theory, form and aesthetics.
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 its 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.
Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan was designed to foster a throughout 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.