About Tang Soo Do and Moo Ji Hwe
Tangsoodo is a Korean style of karate. In English, it can be written Tang Soo Do, Dang Soo Do, tangsoodo, tangsudo or any equivalent of the Korean pronunciation. "Tang soo" (literally "China hand") is the Korean equivalent of the term that Okinawan educator and karate master Gichin Funakoshi introduced in Japan in the 1920s. In the mid-1930s, Funakoshi and the Japanese martial arts association (Dai Nippon Butokukai) changed the kanji character spelling to "empty hand", which is still pronounced "karate" in Japanese, but "kong soo" in Korean. The term "do" is the Japanese and Korean pronunciation of the Chinese term "tao" (way, path, art), reflecting the process of making karate a "martial way" (Korean: "mudo", Japanese: "budo"), an art practiced for fitness, self-defense and personal refinement or enlightenment.

During the Japanese occupation of Korea (1909-1945), some affluent Koreans sent their sons to high school or college in Japan. A small number of these students studied karate between 1933 and 1944 in clubs administered by Okinawan instructors and associated with major Japanese universities. After returning to Korea, some chose to called their arts tangsoodo while others called theirs kongsoodo. Both of these terms were common in Korea from 1944 to 1971 and did not in themselves represent significant stylistic or philosophical differences.
Tang Soo Do ("China Hand Way") Kong Soo Do ("Empty Hand Way")
The first two Korean schools were the Chungdokwan (founded by Lee, Won-kuk) and the Songmookwan (founded by Ro, Byung-jik), both founded in 1944. Both Lee and Ro had studied Shotokan karate while attending Chuo University in Tokyo, Japan.

From 1955-1971, many Korean karate schools unified into taekwondo, although some older masters resisted the pressure to do so. The best known of these was Hwang Kee, founder of the Moodukkwan school (founded in 1947, not November, 1945), at one time the largest school in Korea. Because of the Moodukwan's influence and the popularity of Chuck Norris (America's best known tangsoodo practitioner), most tangsoodo schools teach the Moodukkwan style. However, traditional karate taught with Korean terminology may be referred to as tangsoodo.

Karate was originally a complete martial art; not just a striking art. It was modernized in Japan and Korea in the 20th century to emphasize performance quality in basics, forms and sparring, reflecting a plan to make karate a "martial way" (Korean: "mudo", Japanese: "budo"); to be practiced for fitness, personal refinement and sport. Some of the art's original emphasis on self-defense (close-quarter combat, pressure points, locks and holds, throwing techniques and healing arts) changed in favor of techniques that could be taught in classes and that would work well in tournaments. While this modern approach has many positive aspects, our emphasis at Tangsoodo MooJiHwe is self-defense (including multiple applications of traditional forms) in balance with the modern approach that should be relevant and useful to all, not just the young and athletic.

Tangsoodo MooJiHwe teaches traditional tangsoodo (karate), with supplementation from judo, aikido and hapkido. The meaning of MooJiHwe is "Martial Wisdom Association".
Moo Ji Hwe ("Martial Wisdom Association")
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