A Brief History of Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do and Cheezic Tang Soo Do Federation
The martial art of Tang Soo Do is relatively modern. Its basis, the Korean Art of Soo Bahk Do, however, dates back many centuries. Tang Soo Do is a composite style, and it combines 60% Soo Bahk Do, 30% Northern Chinese, and 10% Southern Chinese. Tang Soo Do is both a hard style and soft style martial art. The hardness of the practice comes in part from Soo Bahk, and the softer movements have been incorporated from the more gentle and flowing Northern Chinese systems. The kicking techniques, for which Tang Soo Do is unsurpassed, are based on the art of Soo Bahk.
The internationally standardized curriculum of Soo Bahk Do as well as Tang Soo Do teaches physical techniques, including: Basics (hand and foot techniques), forms, self-defense, and sparring applications. The physical instruction and activity are integrated with the teaching of Korean terminology, history and philosophy. Soo Bahk Do was first developed somewhere between the years 618-935 A.D during the Silla Dynasty. It gained most of its popularity during the Koryo Dynasty which lasted until 1392 A.D.
Tang Soo Do Duk Kwan was developed by Grand Master Hwang Kee. Having mastered Tae Kyun and Soo Bahk Do by the age of 22, he traveled to Northern China. The year was 1936. It was here that he encountered the Chinese variation of martial artistry called the Tang method. He spent the next nine years combining Soo Bahk Do with the Tang method. By doing this, he developed what was to become known as Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do. It became officially registered in Korea on November 9, 1945 as Korean Soo Bahk Do Association.
On various military bases in Korea, Tang Soo Do became very prevalent, and it was here that Robert Cheezic of Waterbury CT studied under Jae Chul Shin. He became the second American to attain the rank of Dan (Black Belt) in Tang Soo Do. Robert Cheezic along with more than 50 other Americans, including Chuck Norris, received their Black Belts at United States Korean Military bases. Many of these men returned to the United States with the goal of teaching and spreading the art of Tang Soo Do.
In 1961, our Grand Master, Robert Cheezic, returned to his native town of Waterbury, CT to begin his journey into teaching this growing art. Since then the Cheezic Tang Soo Do Federation has grown to more than 50 schools, over 5000 students, and more than 50 Master Belts. Schools stretch from the United States to Europe and the Middle East.
Grand Master Cheezic and the Cheezic Tang Soo Do Black Belts have been invited to demonstrate their abilities all over America and the World.