Tang Soo Do offers more than just the advantages of personal self-defense. Our program provides a complete learning and improvement activity for children and adults.

What is Tang Soo Do?

Tang Soo Do, a traditional Korean Martial Art, is the art of open hand and foot self defense. Tang Soo Do was developed from traditional Korean martial arts dating back over two thousand years. Tang Soo Do is taught as an art rather than as a sport.

Tang Soo Do training allows the body to gain the ultimate use of its faculties through intensive physical and mental training. It’s methods of instruction are designed to help an individual develop character, integrity, self-confidence, concentration and a respect for others.

Therefore, the element of competition against an opponent is not a part of Tang Soo Do’s tradition. Students are taught mastery over their own bodies and minds and to develop their individual potential to its fullest. Even in sparring, the goal of Tang Soo Do instruction is not to vanquish an opponent. In Tang Soo Do, sparring is used as a means for students to help one another achieve a perfection of their techniques.

I’m not particularly athletic. Can I learn Tang Soo Do effectively?

The training you receive learning Tang Soo Do will develop your athletic abilities. However, since no two people are alike, each student is patiently encouraged to learn at his or her own pace. Each student is inspired to achieve their own potential.

In addition, there is no minimum physical fitness requirement for a person to join. We welcome all persons, regardless of their physical prowess to enroll in Salem Street Studio.

Is Tang Soo Do an effective self-defense Style?

In addition to traditional Tang Soo Do training, students learn a variety of controlled self-defense techniques that are quite effective. However, be aware that while Tang Soo Do provides one with the tools to defend oneself in undesirable situations, avoiding such situations if possible is still the most proven method of self defense.

If Tang Soo Do is an effective fighting style, how can it be non-violent in nature?

True non-violence is based on a sense of inner strength and self-confidence. Tang Soo Do techniques are defensive, and aggressive behavior among students is not tolerated. Although we will defend ourselves when given no choice, the self-confidence developed by learning Tang Soo Do promotes the discipline and awareness to avoid violent confrontations.

Tang Soo Do will benefit your child

Children from 4 to 12 years of age have several different needs. A few examples include: self-confidence, physical coordination, increased attention span, discipline and a sense of individual accomplishment. Tang Soo Do can fulfill all of these needs and more. Many parents notice vast improvements in their child’s behavior and some school counselors have recommended martial arts training for just this reason.

Master Di Scipio encourages his students in all their activities in Salem Street Studio and out, especially on improvement of report cards.

Tang Soo Do strives to achieve personal development and growth and in doing so your child will obtain the positive character attributes of patience, concentration, self discipline and self confidence, as well as a healthy body. For what they learn today will still be valuable for all of their tomorrows.

How Tang Soo Do benefits adults

Tang Soo Do offers an incredible workout. It strengthens the body and stretches for flexibility. Tang Soo Do offers practical and effective self-defense skills for men, women and college students by covering long and close and ground fighting. It redirects the opponents energy rather than stopping it using the opponents energy against him.

Tang Soo Do also allows you to gain internal skills to develop discipline over mind and body. The lessons in Mindfulness allows one to deepen the understanding of martial arts philosophy.

The ‘Adult Friendly’ Tang Soo Do Curriculum is designed to progressively advance the student from White Belt level to Black Belt level using martial arts, fitness and self-defense techniques and principles. Master Di Scipio, a Certified Black Belt Instructor will lead, coach and encourage you through every class.

You will learn the martial arts and as an added benefit lose weight and decrease your body fat. Develop and tone your muscles while gaining flexibility and mobility. You will notice an increase your endurance while learning real world self defense. Tang Soo Do can also decrease stress in your life and increase your mental clarity and focus all while having a great time in our adult friendly atmosphere.

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