PKSA Karate is one of the largest martial organizations in the country. We are professionals at changing people’s lives through our martial arts schools. You see, for us, it’s not just about kicking and punching, but actually changing and improving our students’ lives.
Where else or what other type of activity can you be involved in that will give you and/or your child more confidence, discipline, self-esteem, leadership skills, teamwork, and an improved fitness level while having fun and learning to defend yourself in this violent society that we live in today? You get all of that at PKSA Karate.
All of our instructors are trained in ways to bring out the best in you and your child, and our curriculum will make you the very best Black Belt that you can be. In addition to our regular karate classes, we offer several different programs that you and/or your child could be involved in:
Traditional weapons courses - where you learn to use traditional martial arts weapons…kids and adults love these courses and it adds a special new element to your training.
Cardio Kickboxing (in most locations) - This will focus on getting you in better shape and teach you things that you can actually use to defend yourself.
Little Ninjas Course designed for children 4-6 years old. This is a great course to teach martial arts, life skills and more all in a very fun and engaging way.
Bully defense - this helps to teach children and teens how to handle altercations with people who bully.
Additional Fun Activities
At PKSA Karate we want this to be a fun and safe environment for you and your child. We regularly host sleep overs, birthday parties, summer camps, Karate tournaments, nerf wars, and many other fun and engaging activities that will ensure you and/or your child won’t want to be anywhere else.
We have had literally thousands and thousands of testimonials from parents/students about how PKSA has helped them and/or their child. In some cases, it has even saved lives of people who were attacked when they used what they learned to defend themselves. Children have attained better grades in school. Adults who previously had back problems are now able to do more than they ever could before. Teens experiencing problems with peers found new friends to be involved with who were also focused on improving themselves. And there are so many other stories of lives that were changed by PKSA Karate.
About Our Art
Each PKSA location provides the best professional and experienced instruction in the art of Tang Soo Do. Everyone can benefit from this traditional martial art. It's truly an art for all people. Men, women, and children are encouraged to join us in a program of self improvement.
WHAT IS TANG SOO DO?
Most schools of Tang Soo Do use the transcription "Tang Soo Do". However, scientific texts apply the official transcription 'tangsudo', written as one word. Some authors write "Tang Soo Do" and give "tangsudo" or "dangsudo" in the parenthesis.
Tang Soo Do is a method of empty hand and foot fighting based on the scientific use of the body in self defense. Training in Tang Soo Do stresses the development of individual character, integrity, and respect for others. Utilizing structured and systematic methods of training, men women, and children can quickly develop beyond their expectations through our exciting program of physical and mental training. Tang Soo Do teaches us through consistent training we will become the very best we can physically and mentally be.
THE ORIGIN OF TANG SOO DO
The origin of Tang Soo Do cannot be definitively traced to any single person. However,
Lee Won Kuk is credited as being one of the first, if not the first, instructor of Tang Soo Do (Chung Do Kwan) in Korea.
Lee Won Kuk had an established Dojang in Korea before Korea was liberated from
Japanese occupation. His background was primarily in Okinawan Karate (early Shotokan) and he also studied Taekkyon in An Gup Dong (Seoul) and Kung Fu in Henan and Shanghai China. Additionally, the history of the Moo Duk Kwan (from which the majority of all modern Tang Soo Do stylists trace their lineage) can be traced to a single founder: Hwang Kee.
Hwang Kee learned Chinese martial arts while in Manchuria. He also was influenced by the indigenous Korean arts of Taekkyon and Subak. Kee claims he learned the philosophy of Okinawan Karate from Gichin Funakoshi's books. Hwang Kee also was highly influenced by a 1790 Korean book about martial arts called the Muye Dobo Tongji ( / ).