Introduction to our history


Meaning of Him Soo Do

Literally translated, the word, “HIM” comes from the T’ang Dynasty of China"(AD 618-907) and means "STRENGTH / STRONG" and reflects the shared cultural background between China and Korea. “Soo” means open hand but it implies fist, punch or defense, and "DO", while translated as “The Way,” implies the Korean classical martial art which was influenced by the Táng method of Martial Arts.


Brief History

The exact origin of Him Soo Do, as well as any of the martial arts in general, is obscure though there are a number of historical theories. However, the most credible and traditional view is that martial arts originated not in any one country, but in almost all parts of the globe as they were needed by primitive people.


Development in early ages

The ancestral Art of Korean Tang Soo Do can be traced to the time period when Korea was divided into three kingdoms. The Silla Dynasty was founded in 57 BC in the southeast of the peninsula, Koguryo was founded 37 BC in northern Korea, and Paekche was founded in 18 BC in the southwest.

After a long series of wars, the Silla Dynasty united the three kingdoms in AD 668. During this period of time, the primitive martial arts were useful in warfare. This is evidenced by mural paintings, ruins, and tombs which depict early forms of Tang Soo Do.

Among the three kingdoms, the Silla Dynasty was most famous for its development of martial arts. A corps formed by young aristocrats called Hwarang Dan was a major group instrumental in uniting the peninsula as the unified Silla Dynasty (AD 668-AD 935) and furnished many early leaders of that Dynasty. Most Korean martial arts

trace their spiritual and technical heritage to this group. The names of the arts reflect this heritage such as Hwa Rang Do or Hwa Soo Do. Our Five Codes of Him Soo Do like Tang Soo Do's, are originated by the monk, Won Kwang, are part of that spiritual heritage.


Modern history

The practice and teaching of martial arts were restricted during the Japanese occupation of Korea (1910 - 1945). After the end of World War II in 1945, restrictions were lifted and several martial arts training schools (Kwans) were established. Activity was again disrupted during the Korean war (1950-1953), with modifications occurring to some schools following the war.

Purpose of Him Soo Do Training

The main reason to train a martial arts is to develop ones self and doing so will improve :

    We protect our lives and possessions from injustice and danger.
    We promote our physical and spiritual health and enjoy strong bodies and sound minds through rigorous training.
    We strive to be of better character through endurance and hard work.


Five Codes of Him Soo Do

The Five Codes of Him Soo Do apply to all members and are meant to guide the Him Soo Do practitioner. All members meaning of the codes.

  1. Loyalty to country
  2. Obedience to parents
  3. Honor Friendship
  4. No retreat in battle
  5. When fighting, choose with sense and honor


Seven Tenets of Him Soo Do

  1. Integrity
  2. Concentration
  3. Perseverance
  4. Respect & Obedience
  5. Self-Control
  6. Humility
  7. Indomitable Spirit

sword seperator

Grappling refers to techniques, maneuvers, and counters applied to an opponent in order to gain a physical advantage, such as improving relative position, escaping, submitting, or injury to the opponent. Grappling is a general term that covers techniques used in many disciplines, styles and martial arts that are practiced both as combat sports and for self defense. Grappling does not include striking or most commonly the use of weapons. However some fighting styles or martial arts known especially for their grappling techniques teach tactics that include strikes and weapons either alongside grappling or combined with it.

Hand-to-hand combat (sometimes abbreviated as HTH, CQC, H2H) is a lethal or nonlethal physical confrontation between two or more persons at very short range (grappling distance) that does not involve the use of firearms or other distance weapons.[1] While the phrase "hand-to-hand" appears to refer to unarmed combat, the term is generic and may include use of striking weapons used at grappling distance such as knives, sticks, batons, or improvised weapons such as entrenching tools.[1] While the term hand-to-hand combat originally referred principally to engagements by military personnel on the battlefield, it can also refer to any personal physical engagement by two or more combatants, including police officers and civilians

The martial arts are codified systems and traditions of combat practices. They are practiced for a variety of reasons, including self-defense, competition, physical health and fitness, as well as mental, physical, and spiritual development.

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