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What belt ranking system do we use?

Our belt systems takes the traditional Tang Soo Do Belt system of 10 Gups (grades) and displays them with more color belts. In the traditional system there are only White, Orange, Green, Blue, Red, Cho Dan Bo and Black belts. However, each in between step was represented by a stripe added to the tip of the belt. This traditional system could often be frustrating for younger students as the belt color remained the same even though they were a higher belt. These “additional” belts are mainly so students can more easily recognize their progression through the belt system.

White (Gup 10)

White with Black Stripe (Gup 9)

Yellow (Gup 8)

Orange (Gup 7)

Green (Gup 6)

Purple (Gup 5)

Blue (Gup 4)

Brown (Gup 3)

Red (Gup 2)

Red with Black Stripe (Gup 1)

Cho Dan Bo (Red Side up – Preparation for Black Belt)

Cho Dan Bo (Black Side up – Black Belt Candidate)


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What classes are available?

Pre-Kick – Ages 4 & 5

Little Ninjas – Ages 6 to 8

Traditional Tang Soo Do – Ages 8+

KickFit Strength – Ages 18+


Our facility can also host a variety of other classes. If you or someone you know is looking for a space for their fitness class (or any other class that requires a lot of open space) contact us.

At what age can my child start Karate?

Our Little Ninjas class was developed for children between the ages of 6 and 9. Student under 6 may come in for a free assessment to determine if the class would be suitable for their developmental needs.

Children ages 4 & 5 can participate in our Pre-Kick program. Once they are old enough or display the prerequisite level of focus, they can join the Little Ninjas class.

How do I get my child started?

Simply call the school to set up your free introductory class and everything will be handled then!

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When can I start?

We have open enrollment for most of our classes. All you need to do is contact the school and set up a free introductory class.


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Are there opportunities for individual instruction?

Private one-on-one lessons are available every Friday and are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. There is a sign up sheet available at the school, or call to set up an appointment.

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What are the Seven Tenets of Tang Soo Do?

7 Tenets of Tang Soo Do:

1. Integrity
2. Concentration
3. Perseverance
4. Respect & Obedience
5. Self-Control
6. Humility
7. Indomitable Spirit

What are the Five Codes of Tang Soo Do?

5 Codes of Tang Soo Do

1. Loyalty to country
2. Obedience to parents
3. Honor friendship
4. No retreat in battle
5. In fighting, choose with sense and honor

* Warrior aristocrats known as the Hwa Rang Dan lived by 5 codes given to them by a monk named Won Kwang. The 5 codes have been passed down as a way of life from generation to generation for centuries, and Tang Soo Do practicioners still follow these codes today.

How do I count in Korean?

1 One Hana
2 Two Tul
3 Three Set
4 Four Net
5 Five Taset
6 Six Yoset
7 Seven Ilgot
8 Eight Yodol
9 Nine Ahop
10 Ten Yol
11 Eleven Yol Hana
12 Twelve Yol Tul
13 Thirteen Yol Set
14 Fourteen Yol Net
15 Fifteen Yol Taset
16 Sixteen Yol Yoset
17 Seventeen Yol Ilgot
18 Eighteen Yol Yodol
19 Nineteen Yol Ahop
20 Twenty Su Mul

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What is Tang Soo Do?

Tang Soo Do is a traditional martial art stemming from traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean roots. Tang Soo Do encourages the learning of mental and physical discipline by learning hand and foot techniques, joint locks and throws to defend one’s self.


You can read a more indepth explanation of Tang Soo Do and its history here.


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