Tae Soo Do History
The Hwa Rang Do | Hwa Rang Do History | Historical Development | Joo Bang Lee | Technique Structure | Tae Soo Do History | The Art of Hwa Rang Do | Hwarang Word Identity | Connections to the Hwarang | Code of Ethics | Studentâ€™s Progress
The martial art Tae Soo Do was created in 1990 by Hwa Rang Do Founder, Dr. Joo Bang Lee. This was done because the martial art Hwa Rang Do is very hard and complicated for the majority of present day practitioners. This system is so demanding it requires a strong commitment to progress through it. There is so much to learn it has taken people without any previous training between 5-10 years before they are ready to test for their first dan. Because of this, Tae Soo Do was created as an undergraduate program to Hwa Rang Do.
Through the training in this program, practitioners develop a fortified foundation of their physical skills and proper attitude. It takes an average of 2-3 years to achieve a black belt in Tae Soo Do. Once a student receives this rank, they graduate into the advanced program of Hwa Rang Do as a yellow sash (master beginner). Then it takes another 3 years on average for these practitioners to earn a black sash in Hwa Rang Do.
One of the greatest strengths and benefits of Hwa Rang Do is that it has extensive techniques and training in all aspects of combat skills as well as healing skills. This art can offer something for everyone. However, for the majority of inexperienced practitioners this system can take a very long time to progress though and can also be very difficult if the proper fundamentals have not already been established. This program is for people with little to no previous martial art experience. Individuals that already have had previous training can start in the advanced program of Hwa Rang Do as a white sash.
The Hwa Rang Do program contains over 1200 techniques plus all other forms and physical movement requirements. This requires tremendous concentration for all practitioners. However, remembering this many techniques is difficult for most children so they begin in the Tae Soo Do program.
Adults that can make this strong commitment in their training and have a good attitude can also begin directly in the Hwa Rang Do program. Tae Soo Do was established and divided into basic movement, striking and kicking techniques, self-defense, forms, weapons, and sparring, similar to Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Kung Fu.
Concluding Remarks: This martial art Hwa Rang Do is very different from other martial arts. Most founders of all other martial arts have passed away and their students have made many different “Kwan”, “ryu”, or “Won” from their one original martial art name. Because of this there are so many different and conflicting histories for the same martial art name. Along with these conflicting histories, there is a plethora of schools and organizations that have been made by dishonored or espelled students.
These circumstances are the main reasons that most martial art identities have lost the integrity of their name. And because of this people have began to discard their martial art identities completely. That is why we have seen a rise in individuals who call their school Kim’s Martial Art Academy or Monkey’s Martial Art Academy. It is like these people do not have a martial art identity name.
However, this history of Hwa Rang Do set here, is the one true history of our art’s identity. Our founder, Dr. Joo Bang Lee is the one who brought this art to the public and is the one and only source of the aspects and techniques from this tradition. The roots of the martial art Hwa Rang Do are from the ancient Hwarang warriors of the the kingdom of Silla.
These combat skills and the Hwarang title have survived the test of time, by being passed down for 58 continuous and unbroken generations to our art’s founder. The way of the Hwarang system is still intact, and the Hwarang we equally count as our instructors and masters, and the Rangdo as the students and desciples.
And through the adherence to the Hwa Rang Do Meng Sae, our five ethical rules and the founder’s nine principles of human morality, we will have a strong moral mentality, which will ensure that our martial art Hwa Rang Do will be passed on for at least another 2,000 years!You might also like: