Tang Soo Do Terminology

Tang Soo Do Terminology

Tang Soo Do Terminology

"Terminology is a collection of like terms belonging to a specialized subject. For Tang Soo Do, it is the common language among Traditional Tang Soo Do schools."

We use terminology when we bow into class, when we address our instructors and when giving commands during class. It is part of the structure and discipline of traditional martial arts. Below are some of the terms we use in our classes. Tang Soo Do Terminology can be found on page 191 of Traditional Korean Karate Basics by KJN Frederick Scott.

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Cho Dan Terminology


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  1. Ha Dan Mahk Kee: Low Block (Front Stance)
  2. Sang Dan Kong Kyuk: High Punch (Front Stance)
  3. Choong Dan Kong Kyuk: Middle Punch (Front Stance)
  4. Sang Dan Mahk Kee: High Block (Front Stance)
  5. Ahneso Phakuro Mahk Kee: Inside-Outside Block (Front Stance)
  6. Wheng Jin Kong Kyuk: Side Middle Punch (Horse Stance)
  7. Choong Dan Yup Mahk Kee: Side Middle Block (Back Stance)
  8. Ha Dan Soo Do Mahk Kee: Low Knife Hand Block (Back Stance)
  9. Choong Dan Soo Do Mahk Kee: Middle Knife Hand Block (Back Stance)
  10. Choong Gul Sang Soo Mahk Kee: Two-fisted Middle Block (Front Stance)
  11. Ha Dan Mahk Kee, Tuel Oh Choong Dan Kong Kyuk: Low Block (Front Stance), Opposite Middle Punch (Front Stance)
  12. Sang Dan Mahk Kee, Tuel Oh Choong Dan Kong Kyuk: High Block (Front Stance), Opposite Middle Punch (Same Stance)
  13. Ahp Cha Nut Gi, Tuel Oh Choong Dan Kong Kyuk: Front Kick, Opposite Middle Punch (Front Stance)
  14. Choong Dan Soo Do Mahk Kee, Tuel Oh Kwan Soo Kong Kyuk: Middle Knife Hand Block (Back Stance), Opposite Side Spear Hand Strike (Front Stance)
  15. Ha Dan Mahk Kee, Ahneso Phakuro Mahk Kee, Tuel Oh Choong Dan Kong Kyuk: Low Block (Front Stance), Inside-Outside Block (Same Stance), Opposite Middle Punch (Same Stance)
  16. Sang Dan Mahk Kee, Tuel Oh Ha Dan Mahk Kee, Wheng Jin Kong Kyuk: High Block (Front Stance), Opposite Side Low Block (Same Stance), Side Middle Punch (Horse Stance)
  17. Wheng Jin Kong Kyuk, Hu Jin, Choong Dan Yup Mahk Kee: Side Middle Punch (Horse Stance), Retreat, Side Middle Block (Back Stance)
  18. E-dan Ahp Cha Nut Gi, Tuel Oh Choong Dan Kong Kyuk: Jumping Front Kick, Opposite Middle Punch (Front Stance)

Yi Dan / Sam Dan Terminology


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  1. Ha Dan Mahk Kee
  2. Choong Dan Kong Kyuck
  3. Ahneso Phakuro Mahk Kee
  4. Choong Dan Yup Mahk Kee
  5. Choong Dan Soo Do Mahk Kee
  6. Ha Dan Mahk Kee, Tuel Oh Choong Dan Kong Kyuk
  7. Ahp Cha Nut Gi, Tuel Oh Choong Dan Kong Kyuk
  8. Ha Dan Mahk Kee, Ahneso Phakuro Mahk Kee, Tuel Oh Choong Dan Kong Kyuk
  9. Wheng Jin Kong Kyuk, Hu Jin, Choong Dan Yup Mahk Kee
  10. Yuk Jin Kong Kyuk
  11. Dollyo Cha Gi, Kap Kwan Kong Kyuk, Tuel Oh Choong Dan Kong Kyuk
  12. Yup Podo Cha Gi, Sang Dan Mahk Kee, Tuel Oh Choong Dan Kong Kyuk
  13. Sang Dan Mahk Kee, Tuel Oh Pal Koop Kong Kyuk
  14. Ha Dan Mahk Kee, Tuel Oh Soo Do Kong Kyuk
  15. Ahp Cha Nut Gi, Ha Dan Mahk Kee, Tuel Oh Sang Dan Kong Kyuk
  16. Ahneso Phakuro Cha Gi, Tuel Oh Yuk Soo Do Kong Kyuk
  17. Ahp Cha Nut Gi, Ha Dan Mahk Kee, Tuel Oh Pal Koop Kong Kyuk
  18. Dwi Cha Gi, Ha Dan Mahk Kee, Tuel Oh Pal Koop Kong Kyuk
  19. Phakeso Ahnuro Cha Gi, Gatten Bal Yup Podo Cha Gi, Tuel Oh Sang Dan Kong Kyuk
  20. Phakeso Ahnuro Cha Gi, Choi Ha Dan Soo Do Mahk Kee, Tuel Oh Choong Dan Kong Kyuk

Counting

English Korean Chinese
One Hana Ill
Two Dool Yi
Three Set Sam
Four Net Sa
Five Ta Sot Oe
Six Yo Sot Yuk
Seven Ill Gop Chil
Eight Yoh Dohl Pal
Nine Ah Hope Ku
Ten Yeol Sip

Stances

 Korean English
Cha Ryut Jaseh Attention Stance
Choon Bi Jaseh Ready Stance
Chung Gul Jaseh Front Stance
Hu Gul Jaseh Back Stance
Kee Ma Jaseh Horse Stance
Sa Ko Rip Jaseh Side Stance
Kyo Cha Rip Jaseh Cross-Legged Stance
Dari Kyupuhin Choong Gul Jaseh Bent-Leg Front Stance
Bal Cha Gi Choon Bi Kicking Ready Stance

General Tang Soo Do Terminology

Korean English
Tang Soo Do Way of the China Hand
Tang China
Soo Hand
Do Way
Moo Duk Kwan Institute of Martial Virtue
Moo Martial
Duk Virtue
Kwan Institute/School
Kwan Jang Nim Head of an Organization
Ko Dan Ja Term for Master Instructors
Sa Bom Nim Master Instructor / 4th Dan and Above
Kyo Sa Nim 1st Dan – 3rd Dan Black Belt Instructor
Nim Term of respect similar to sir
Sun Beh Senior
Hu Beh Junior
Dan Black belt rank designation
Gup Below black belt rank designation
Dojang Martial Arts training facility
Do Bahk Uniform
Dee Belt
Kuk Gi South Korea national flag
Song Cho Gi American flag
Kwan Gi Style or Dojang Flag
Kiap Yell
Gi Cho Basic
Hyung From
Dae Ryun Fighting
Ill Soo Sik Dae Ryun One-Step Fighting
Ho Sin Sool Self-Defense
Neh Gung Internal control and power in excersize
Shim Gung Mental control and power in excersize
Go Mup Sum Ni Da Thank you
Mahk Kee Block
Kong Kyuk Attack
Ha Dan Low
Choong Dan Middle
Sang Dan High
Soo Gi Hand Techniques
Cha Gi Kicking Techniques
Shi Sun Eye focus
Choong Shim Balance
O Rin Jok Right Side
Wen Jok Left Side
Ahp Front
Yup Side
Dwi Back
Tuel Oh Opposite

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