WHAT IS TANG SOO DO MI GUK KWAN?
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The art of Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan ("American Brotherhood of the Empty Hand Defense") is taught throughout the United States, Mexico and Chile. The TAC (technical advisory committee) has dedicated itself
to developing a comprehensive curriculum that harmonizes with the natural aging process of the human species. Since the human condition is as such: That as we age we begin to develop certain bodily limitations,i.e.., decreased flexibility, decrease muscle density, loss of calcium in skeletal system, decreased endurance, speed and strength. These natural bodily challenges cause us to adjust our training requirements for keeping ourselves physically and mentally fit. Tang Soo do Mi Guk Kwan strives to blend both hard and soft style techniques in a natural way. When a practitioner is young they have an affinity for hard, explosive and athletic techniques which compliment their young pliable and developing bodies.Their youthful exuberance craves the challenges that the Tang Soo Do MiGuk Kwan Self Defense System imparts.

As practitioners begin to approach
middle age their body begins to
transform and he or she needs to
modify the execution of their
techniques to reflect these natural
changes. Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan
compliments this process by introducing
techniques that blend both hard and
soft attributes. And finally, as
practitioners move toward the golden
years and their bodies once again
begin to transform in accordance
with aging process they will need to
practice techniques that don't cause
damage to their bodies. Tang Soo Do
Mi Guk Kwan has a full compliment of
soft techniques that allow our elderly
citizens to continue to enjoy the study
of martial arts for the rest of
their lives.

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 it's 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); Philippine Kali.

The basic components that comprise the Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan
curriculum are: Meditation; stretching and conditioning; cardiovascular
training; basic hand and foot techniques (blocking, kicking and striking);
hyungs (forms, preset patterns of movement that teach students how
make transitions between offensive and defensive techniques); one-step
sparring (block and counter techniques); self defense (grappling and joint
locking techniques); weapons training; free sparring techniques.                     Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan was designed to foster a thorough
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; a positive attitude
towards life.

Grand Master Charles Ferraro
~ Founder ~
Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan

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