Northern Star Karate
145B Danbury Rd, New Milford, CT 06776  (860)355-8469

Information and FAQ's about Tang Soo Do 

About Tang Soo Do

Tang Soo Do is a Korean martial art whose roots can be traced back 2,000 years. Tang Soo Do is based on the principles of yielding, circular motion and penetration. Application of techniques in this manner to vital points on the human body have no equal in power or effectiveness. Tang Soo Do is known for its powerful kicking techniques as well. Students of Tang Soo Do will develop self-defense skills which are second to none. Tang Soo Do is still taught with the philosophy and discipline of ancient times, although the system has adjusted to the physical needs of modern lifestyles. This art was designed to develop individual character, mental strength, integrity, and respect for others.


Benefits of Tang Soo Do

Tang Soo Do offers many benefits to enrich every part of your life. The self-defense techniques taught to students are effective and give the students a confidence that shows in how they carry themselves. Physical fitness is greatly enhanced with Tang Soo Do training. Flexibility, strength, coordination and increased cardiovascular development are achieved during training. Age is not important!! At NORTHERN STAR KARATE we have students ranging in age from 5 to 75 years old. Our training programs can be tailored to individual needs. The development of a person's mental strength is part of the training, improved concentration, self-discipline, and self-esteem are part of the many benefits of Tang Soo Do. By incorporating these into our daily lives we see the positive effect our training has.

CHILDREN benefit from Tang Soo Do in many ways. The physical development of coordination, balance, timing the mental development of confidence, discipline, respect, self-esteem give a child all the tools to be successful in life. Children develop an attitude of willingness and wanting to try new things. Academics is stressed at NORTHERN STAR KARATE.

Adults can see the benefits almost immediately in their training. Relieve stress and tension of everyday life through meditation, breathing techniques, and of course the physical workouts. Increase your energy level, improve your posture, stamina and appearance. The enhancement of physical and mental well being is the primary goal of Tang Soo Do.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Tang Soo Do?

A. Tang Soo Do is a Korean martial art whose roots can be traced back 2,000 years. Tang Soo Do is based on the principles of yielding, circular motion and penetration. Application of techniques in this manner to vital points on the human body have no equal in power or effectiveness. Tang Soo Do is known for its powerful kicking techniques as well. Students of Tang Soo Do will develop self-defense skills which are second to none. Tang Soo Do is still taught with the philosophy and discipline of ancient times, although the system has adjusted to the physical needs of modern lifestyles. This art was designed to develop individual character, mental strength, integrity, and respect for others.

Q. What is the best martial art?

A. Good question - what is your definition of “best”? What is great for one, maybe not so great for another? Call around to studios and ask. Most people wouldn't know one from the other. The correct answer is that all systems have a particular focus, they all have strength and weaknesses. Some focus on children and game playing, some on street fighting, some on tumbling and dance, some on sport sparring, some on one-on-one grappling; this list goes on and on. Most of us will never get in a fight nor want our children to. The focus should be providing a well-rounded program presented with respect, discipline and professionalism that develops your character and enhances your life yet also provides the skills necessary to defend oneself if called upon. We at NSK strive to provide a well-rounded program to develop the mind, body and spirit.

Q. Why are their different colored belts and what do they represent. Why are they necessary?

A. Different colored belts represent different stages of accomplishment . We use them as personal achievement markers. By the nature of martial arts training (military) they also indicate a persons rank within the organization. They also promote organization and a sense of cooperative team responsibility toward each other within a large group. By putting forth effort students gain experience and rank. Rank is therefore earned and is appreciated more. NSK has distinct requirements for each rank. The requirements must be successfully performed to be granted a higher rank.

Q. How long will it take to be good at Martial Arts – How long does it take to be a black belt?

A. To answer the first part you need to look inside yourself. This varies with each person and their experience . The instructors provide the knowledge to be “good”. It is up to the student to train consistently and properly. Remember, “If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.” In other words we cannot (and would not) wave our magic wands and make you like Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan. You need to have the desire and then work with it, and then work some more. Then do it all over again. With the right attitude you can properly defend yourself with simple white belt techniques from common attacks - usually acquired in 2-3 months. To attain a Black Belt it normally takes a minimum of 3-4 years of continuous training. Typically in our style it takes 4-5 years. By the way, a black belt means you have finally mastered the basics, now its really time to learn. This is when the Martial Arts World truly opens up to you. You will see things in a different light. You will appreciate things differently. You will be different.

Q. When do I bow, and who do I bow to?

A. Bowing is an important show of respect. You must always bow to the flags before stepping on and off the training floor. Always bow to the head instructor, all black belts, and any partners you work with. If you’re not sure whether or not you should bow, then bow anyway just to be sure.

Q. How many classes should I attend?

A. New students will receive an introductory lesson to cover the basics prior to joining regular class. This will enable the student become familiar with the physical nature of the exercises, rules, and mental mindset to become more comfortable. New students will participate in at least 2 classes per week. Experienced students could take three or more. You should practice on a regular basis and review your manual frequently. We only have you for 2 to 3 hours per week so to be good you have to practice. Don’t be sloppy, perfect practice makes perfect!

Q. What do I do if I arrive early?

A. If you arrive for class early feel free to stretch in the back, or sit with your legs crossed. Take care not disturb any classes that may be in session.

Q. What do I do if I arrive to class late?

A. If you arrive to class late, quickly and quietly come to the front of the class, bow to the instructor, and ask permission to join the class.


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