What we teach has been developed continuously since 1945!
The martial art we teach is called Tang Soo Do and was first introduced in Korea almost 60 years ago. It combines self-defense with building character and learning how to guide yourself through life.
The results are startling!
Psychologists have studied what we teach and here are their conclusions:
substantial gains in:
substantial reduction in:
substantial improvement in:
- the ability to handle stress
- the ability to make the right choice at the right time
What we teach you improves how you look at and deal with conflict --
whether its in the workplace, with friends and family or just living.
Well, What about Self-defense?
Its very, very rare that one of our students actually gets into a physical fight (it's almost always in middle school), because we teach you how to spot trouble before it starts and to stay away from it. But we also teach that if you must confront someone that you must win.
A great, true story (one of my favorites) - it was a bunch of years ago, but I had a student who was 16 years old, female, 5 feet tall 105 pounds and very attractive. She was almost a midnight blue belt (our equivalent to black belt). One day she was jumped in a school hallway after hours by three members of the football team. Their intentions were not good. She beat them so badly they were unable to play on the team for the rest of the year. The principal tried to expel her because she ruined the school's football season! Her dad straightened the principal out!
What is the real result of our training? Not one of our midnight blue belts (again, the same as black belts in other martial arts) has ever been in any kind of serious trouble: not only here, but in all the schools that teach our art throughout the United States over the past 25 years! That's thousands of people over decades of time! A pretty great track record!
There is no competition in our classroom!
Competition has its place - it teaches people with natural skills to hone their skills even further, but it also takes the less skilled and leaves them behind, discouraged. We care about the less skilled because that's almost everyone! So here, at USK, everyone proceeds at their own pace. We do not put students up against one another to see who will be the best. But we make you work hard to be your best.
Weapons practice is for the advanced, serious student to benefit from...
Practicing with ancient weapons has benefits for the skilled, advanced student, but it is not designed for beginners.
Weapons training at USK Karate is reserved for the serious student who has demonstrated commitment and self control. Your instructors will let you know when you are ready to begin training with weapons.