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History of Tang Soo Do

The basis of Tang Soo Do is the Korean art of Soo Bahk Do and dates back many centuries. Tang Soo Do is composed of 60% Soo Bahk Do, 30% Northern Chinese and 10% of Southern Chinese systems. The kicking techniques are based on Soo Bahk Do. Soo Bahk Do was developed during the Silla Dynasty (618 - 935 AD).

Hwang Kee developed Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan. He mastered Tae Kyun and Soo Bahk Do at the age of 22. At that time (1936) he traveled to Northern China where he studied the Tang method. Between 1936 and 1945 he combined Soo Bahk Do and the Tang method and developed Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do. On November 9, 1945 it was registered as the Korea Soo Bahk Do Association.

Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do (the school of stopping inner and outer conflict). It is a classical martial art with the purpose to develop every aspect of the self, in order to create a mature personality who integrates his intellect, body and emotions. This total integration helps to create a person who is free from inner conflict and who can deal with the outside world in a mature, intelligent, forthright and virtuous manner.

There are now Tang Soo Do organizations in more than 16 countries. There are roughly 200,000 Tang Soo Do students and over 20,000 black belts worldwide.

Anyone who has studied with Grand Master Hwang Kee knows how demanding he is. He was once heard to have said " If you want to do front and reverse punches right, you must spend ten hours a day, six days a week for three years doing nothing else".


Superior karate was founded by Master Chris Sansonetti. Superior Karate will become like a second family to you. As a family, we care about our members needs and goals. Our staff is here to guide you along your path to black belt excellence. Our goal is to enhance our member's lives. Your dedication to the martial arts will benefit you by improving your self-confidence, concentration, and physical abilities while learning self-defense concepts and skills.

Master Chris sansonetti is the chief instructor and owner of Superior karate. He is a 4th Dan black belt in Tang Soo Do and a USKMA Krav Maga Level 2 instructor. Mr. Sansonetti was inducted into the Action Martial Arts Magazine's Hall of Fame on January 12, 2008 for Outstanding Contributions in the Martial Arts. Mr. Sansonetti has other advanced certifications including being a former certified Personal Defense Readiness Instructor and a ACMA certified martial arts instructor. He was a member of the BTCMS (Blauer Tactical Confrontation Management Systems 2003 - 2012), Cheezic Tang Soo Do Federation (1990 - 2015) and MAIA (Martial Arts Industry Association). He also has experience many other martial art styles