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About our School

Special Events

History of Tang Soo Do

Patch Philosophy

The Korean Flag

Tang Soo Do Uniform

Ranking System

Codes of Tang Soo Do

Lineage of Instructors

Martial Arts Etiquette

Class Procedure


One Step Sparring

Testing Requirements


Int'l Tang Soo Do Alliance

Tang Soo Do Martial Arts Society




Why We Practice Forms

The practice of  forms, or hyung, is the cornerstone of any traditional martial art.   Forms are basically a pre-arranged pattern of techniques put together in a particular order, for the purpose of remembering and refining technique through repetitive practice.  The forms that are practiced may vary from one style of martial arts to another, and it is through these forms that a style is defined and passed down from one generation to another.  Many of the traditional Tang Soo Do forms have been around in one form or another for hundreds of years.  It is theorized that many of the forms were developed by early students of martial arts in an effort to remember complex self-defense movements.  There may be slight variations from one school to another even within the same style, according to the theory of ryu pa, as the forms are handed down from teacher to student over time.  However, most of the Tang Soo Do forms that we practice today are practiced largely the same way that they have been for hundreds of years.

Forms practice offers many benefits to the modern practitioner of martial arts.  They offer a venue to practice and remember basic stances, hand, and kicking techniques, and working on such things as balance, concentration, coordination, smoothness, and the development of power.  However, at more advanced levels, forms also offer a comprehensive system of effective self-defense applications.  These self-defense applications of traditional forms are referred to as "sin chong".  There are numerous practical applications to any particular movement or series of movements taken from forms.   They are only limited by the creativity and ability of the practitioner.

Many of the traditional Tang Soo Do forms have their roots in early Chinese and Okinawan fighting systems.  Most of the forms which we practice today fall into one of two categories:

1.  Weh Ka Ryu (external style)-these forms are strongly influenced by the Southern Chinese schools, and are characterized by fast, aggressive movements, and dynamic action.   Forms from this school include: 2.  Neh Ka Ryu (internal style)-these forms are strongly influenced by the Northern Chinese schools, and emphasize stability, fluid motion, breath control, and slower, more quiet power.   Forms from this school include:
Ki Ch'o Hyung Naebojin Hyung (Naihanchi)
P'yeong'an Hyung Sip Soo
Balsae Hyung Sip Sam (Sei San)
Chin Dong (Jinto) Chaeun (Jion)
Kong Sang Gun Hyung Sang Kuek Kwon
Nop'ae (Ro Hai) T'ae Kuek Kwon
Wan Su (Yeonbi) Chayun (Jiin)
E Sip Sa Bo
Chin Soo (Chinte)
O Sip Sa Bo
Woon Soo  

This page is meant to be used as a reference guide for students of Tang Soo Do.  Students should seek instruction under a qualified instructor for further information and instruction regarding these forms.

ki ch'o hyung ilbu

sip soo
ki ch'o hyung ibu chin dong
ki ch'o hyung sambu sang keuk kwan
p'yeong'an ch'odan nop'ae
p'yeong'an idan kong sang gun so
p'yeong'an samdan kong sang gun dae
p'yeong'an sadan e sip sa bo
p'yeong'an odan sip sam
balsae so wan su
balsae dae chayun
naebojin chodan chaeun
naebojin idan chin soo
naebojin samdan o sip sa bo
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Picture of Hwang Kee performing traditional hyung








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