Tang Soo Do
Rockhold Karate teaches the traditional Korean martial art of Tang Soo Do and is a proud member of the World Dang Soo Do Union founded by Grand Master Song Ki Kim. Grand Master Song Ki Kim created an organization in which member associations could keep their indepenency, yet interact and support the growth of traditional Dang (Tang) Soo Do worldwide.
The art of Tang Soo Do is influenced by the Northern and Southern Chinese martial arts, Tai Chi Chuan, the Okinawan discipline of Karate, as well as the indigenous Korean arts of Hapkido, Taekkyeon, and Soobak. Tang Soo Do is not a sport and is a composite martial art concerned with the development of every aspect of the "self" in order to create a mature person who totally integrates his/her intellect, body, emotions, and spirit.
The basic components that comprise our martial arts curriculum include meditation; stretching and conditioning; cardiovascular training; basic hand and foot techniques (blocking, kicking and striking); hyungs (forms, preset patterns of movement that teach students how to transition between offensive and defensive techniques); one-step sparring (block and counter techniques); self-defense (grappling and joint locking techniques); weapons training; and free-sparring techniques.