-Tang Soo Do-
Fitness Martial Arts.
Instructor Mr. William Colon from the C.S. Kim Karate School performing High Knifehand Block
from a Back Stance (Chung Gul Sang Dan Soo Do Mahk Kee)
- Grandmaster Hwang Kee -
The program is part of the Physcial Education Department, and is directed by Donna Morosky. The instructor is Mr. William Colon, a Second Degree Black Belt from the C.S. Kim Karate School-Monroeville, Pa. Summer classes are currently meeting on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:45 PM at the University Center-Activity Room" which is located on the second level across from the UC gymnasium. This program will go from May 26 thru August 14. -William Colon, wc32@ andrew. cmu.edu; -Donna Moroskydm5d@andrew.cmu.edu.
The following are some of the objectives of the Carnegie Mellon Tang Soo Do Martial Arts program
Shop carefully when looking for a martial art school, after all it represents a major investment in time and sometimes money. There are thousands upon thousands of martial art schools to choose from, and almost all of them train differently, but the core basics remain essentially the same, especially the Chinese, Korean, and Japanese styles whose roots come from Taoist/Buddhist influence.
The school (club or organization) should offer qualified instruction by a master or instructor whose purpose is to preserve the philosophy, and tradition of their martial arts style.
A Beginning Student in martial arts should understand that it takes a long time to master one technique let alone many. Depending upon which style you are practicing a lot of time should be spent developing a strong foundation of basic movements, which are key to understanding how things work. Basics are the building blocks on which the house of martials arts is built.
A martial arts School is a place for learning and sharing knowledge. ALL students, instructors, masters, and grandmasters are constantly training to better themselves physically as well as mentally and spiritually.
A martial art school MUST teach Respect not only for one-self and each other, but for nature and the art. This comes from understanding the purpose of martial arts; to prevent conflict, and longevity. Junior belts should always treat Senior belts with respect for their time and experience in training their particular martial arts. Senior belts should always treat there students as their equal.
The longer a person trains the more they come to realize that the power they gain from their training must be used only if it is the last resort. Many times confrontations errupt in the heat of the moment and the consequences are great and regretful after it`s to late. Big egos hinder growth and can even be dangerous if techniques are not used for the right purpose.
Martial arts student train regularly trying to improve balance, speed, strength, and attitude (also known as spirit). Just as it takes time and practice for a musician to master his/her instrument, so to does it take time to master the techniques of any martial art style.
Because of the nature of martial arts, awareness of how martial artists carry themselves becomes a reflection of the school they train at. True martial arts schools train students to show restraint when challenged unless confrontation is absolutely unavoidable. By unavoidable I mean that only if you are in danger of being hurt through no choice of your own, or even mortally wounded, should you use your skills. But then you should show no mercy until you are in control.
Spirit can be defined as a manifestation of all the tools a martial artist has developed in action. Spirit is also a feeling of accomplishment. When an ahtelete wins a competition he feels good and reflects on all the hard training it took to achieve his/her goal.
Martial Arts should be practiced safely. Proper equipment should be made available, and the student should consider carrying enough proper insurance in case of an accident.
The number is to numerous to mention, however the martial styles that come from the Asian mainland, and the islands of the Pacific can likely be broken down into two methods of training; Internal training style or External training style.