Tang Soo Do" (당수도) is the Korean pronunciation of the Hanja 唐手道 (pronounced Táng shǒu dào in Chinese), and translates literally to "The Way of the Tang Hand."
The same characters can be pronounced "karate-dō" in Japanese.
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Tang Soo Do is a martial art originating from Korea
The art of Korean Tang Soo Do can be traced back to the era of the three kingdoms (Koguryo, Silla and Paelche). At the time, martial arts were widely used in warfare. Tang Soo Do became very popular in the army
During this period, the practice and teaching of martial arts was prohibited. Korean martial arts schools such as Subak Ki, Tae Kyon, Kuk Sul, Sipal Ki and other minor schools were shut down. After the Second World War, in 1945, this ban was cancelled
Several martial arts schools were then opened, some of which are listed below:
• MOO DUK KWAN fondata dal M° Hwang Kee
• CIUNG DO KWAN fondata dal M° Won Kuk Lee
• CIANG MOO KWAN fondata dal M° Nam Suk Lee
• OH DOO KWAN fondata dal M° Choi Hong Hi
In March 1965, an attempt was made to unify the Federation of Tae Soo Do with the Korean Subak Do Association. At the end the name of Taekwondo
was approved and the organization of Subak Do was divided into two parts, one who passed into Taekwondo and who remained alongside
Master Hwang Kee.
In 1971, taekwondo became the national sport of South Korea by decree of President Park Chung Hee.
On the year 1973, as a result of irreconcilable disagreements between the two reference figures (Gen. Choi Hong Hi and Dr. Kim Un-yong)
the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) was born, chaired by Kim Un-yong. It was founded in opposition to the ITF, which, after several changes,
received support from North Korea. Meanwhile, Un Yong Kim's WTF was included in the Olympic Games (in Seoul in 1988 and in Barcelona in 1992)
and received the support of South Korea
In this way, Taekwondo was transformed from a martial art to an official Olympic combat sport.
Therefore, in all the chaos created by the modernization of the ancient art and the subsequent split of the two federations,
the traditional schools that remained faithful to the old style chose the strategy of emigration by teaching outside Korea
(in America, Europe and southern Africa) to maintain the message of the ancient founding fathers is alive and unaltered.