About Region 1
WTSDA Region 1 is a proud member of the World Tang Soo Do Association, one of the largest international martial arts organizations in the world. Our region encompasses all dojangs (schools) and WTSDA members in Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, and Northern California. We are one of 20+ regions across the world which form the World Tang Soo Do Association.
What is Tang Soo Do?
The very first evidence of this ancient form of Korean martial arts appeared during the Three Kingdom era (57 BC-935 AD) as Hwa Rang Do. Since then, 2,000 years have passed. The indigenous martial arts quietly developed through generations of the Korean people. During some eras it flourished and other times it diminished, according to the political, economic or cultural environment. The art was known by various names throughout the eras as Hwa Rang Do, Moo Sul, Kyuck Too Ki, Soo Bahk Ki, Soo Byuck Ki, Taek Kyun etc. respectively. Following 1945 Korean independence, the Korean martial arts were again merged and flourished throughout the entire Korean Peninsula. Many organizations were founded with various names such as Soo Bahk Do, Tang Soo Do, Tae Soo Do and so on. At the beginning of the modern era of the Korean martial arts, Tang Soo Do was the most popular term for these arts. We, as World Tang Soo Do practitioners are striving to maintain traditional values of respect, discipline, self control, self improvement, etiquette and ultimately live a healthy and harmonious life, physically and mentally.
In today’s hectic society, there is no doubt that we need self-defense skills. Equally important are physical fitness and methods for the release of daily stress—No matter whether you are seeking self-defense, better health, physical fitness or discipline, our Tang Soo Do can meet your needs. However, Tang Soo Do has its own unique character which differentiates it from any other form of martial arts or martial sports. Tang Soo Do not only teaches physical techniques but also trains us to practice “DO” way of life through practice of the five virtues; “IN” -humanity, “UI”-righteousness, “YIE”-etiquette, “JI”-wisdom and “SHIN”-trust. When we reach the ultimate level of “DO”, we can live in perfect harmony with the laws of nature.