The Korean Flag -
WTDSA Insignia Meaning - Rules
of the Dojang - 7 Tenants - 14
Attitude Requirements - Purpose - Belt
System Philosophy and Requirements for Testing
Additional Student Information
TAE KEUK KI, the Korean
Flag, symbolizes much of the thought,
philosophy and mysticism of the Orient. The symbol is called "TAE KEUK" and the flag
itself is called "TAE KEUK KI." In the center of the flag is a circle divided equally and in perfect
balance. The circle itself represents the absolute or the essential unity of all beings. The upper red section
is called YANG and the lower blue section is UM and is the ancient symbol of the creation of
the universe, day and night, light and dark, construction and destruction, masculine and feminine,
active and passive, hot and cold and so on. The central thought is the TAE KEUK indicates that while
there is a constant movement within the sphere of infinity, there is also balance and
This thought of TAE KEUK, called UM-YANG philosophy, has influenced
all the fields of oriental cultures such as philosophy, logic, science and military
strategy along with martial arts. The ancient oriental philosophers viewed the universe as a place in
which harmony could be attained by the reconciliation of opposing forces. One such force, YANG,
is associated with expansion and separation, and the other, UM, with contraction and
assimilation. These opposites continually balance and complement each other. This thought taught
martial artists the wisdom of using nonviolence against violence, soft against hard, circle against
straight line and so on.
The three bars at each corner also carry the ideas of opposition and
balance. The three unbroken lines
in the upper left hand corner stand for heaven; the opposite three
broken bars in the lower right hand corner represent the earth. The bars in the
hand corner symbolize fire; the opposite bars
in the upper right hand corner symbolize water.
of symbol is:
the six, inhabited continents and shows that Tang Soo Do is now world
Um, Yang: Flying Side
the special and unique character of Tang Soo Do and the whole person
our organization covers the world.
Bottom Belt: Master's
Belt - represents the ultimate goal of all Tang Soo Do students.
the art of Tang Soo Do.
blue, and black.
following codes, tenants, and attitude requirements are reviewed in
class and are the individual students responsibility to memorize and
understand before reaching black belt level.
of Tang Soo Do Training
SELF-DEFENSE - We
protect our lives and possessions from injustice and danger.
2. HEALTH - We promote our physical and spiritual health and enjoy
strong bodies and sound minds through rigorous training.
3. BETTER PERSON - We strive to be of better character through endurance
and hard work.
Seven Tenants of Tang Soo Do
Respect & Obedience
Attitude Requirements to Master Tang Soo Do
of training should be enhancement of mental and physical betterment.
regular and constant practice.
basic techniques all the time.
spaced practice sessions.
listen to and follow the direction of instructors or seniors.
not be overly ambitious.
inspect your own achievements.
Always follow a routine training schedule.
Repeatedly practice all techniques already learned.
When you learn new techniques, learn thoroughly the theory and
philosophy as well.
When you begin to feel idle, try to overcome this.
required after training. Keep yourself and your surroundings clean.
and Procedures in the Dojang
Arrive at least fifteen minutes before the class
is schedule to start. Salute the flags when entering and leaving the
Avoid taking part in loud or
controversial activities. Students should remain silent, especially
during forms and free sparring.
up prior to class.
not chew gum or smoke.
a clean white uniform with no marking except the indication of your
school and Tang Soo Do rank.
water only to wash your mouth out during training.
and instructor should use Tang Soo Do terminology at all times.
the rules and codes of Tang Soo Do to the best of your ability.
students should take part in cleaning the Dojang since a high degree
of cleanliness must be maintained.
should notify their instructor in advance of any absence.
of the Belt System
Our Tang Soo Do Gup belt system in its progress
from white to black represents the cycle of the seasons. Each color
stands for a specific stage of achievement. In this way, we realize an
essential concept of oriental philosophy, i.e., that which is born must
grown, reach maturity, die and leave behind the seeds of a new birth.
- White Belt - Beginner's Belt color.
White represents a primitive stage of achievement. Thus, the seed as
it lies dormant beneath the snows of winter.
- Orange Belt - Orange represents new
growth which appears in spring. Our Tang Soo Do knowledge begins to
- Green Belt - Green represents the
speedy development of youth as summer arrives.
- Brown Belt - Brown represents power,
stability, weight and wisdom. This stabilizing stage, both mentally
and physically, analogous to the plants which curtail their growth
and prepare to flower in late summer.
- Red Belt - Red represents blood, life
energy, attention and control. The students power and techniques
begin to bloom and ripen.
- Dark Blue Belt - Dark Blue represents
maturity, respect, and honor. Our dark blue belt is given to the Cho
Dan Bo (Black Belt candidate). He must now prepare mind and body for
the final step needed to attain Black Belt.
- Black Belt - Black represents mastery,
calmness, dignity, and sincerity. Black Belt is the final stage of
one life cycle and the beginning of the next. Thus, we see that it
is not only the end of one stage but, more importantly, the
beginning of a path which leads up through the ranks of the higher
Black Belt to true mastery.
|Cho Dan Bo|
|Naihanchi Cho Dan|
Bong Hyung E Bu
|Pyung Ahn Oh Dan|
Bong Hyung Il Bu
|Pyung Ahn Sah Dan
|Pyung Ahn Sam Dan
|Pyung Ahn E Dan
|Pyung Ahn Cho Dan
|Sae Kye Hyung Sam Bu
|Sae Kye Hyung E Bu
|Sae Kye Hyung Il Bu
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