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The world is full of great starters.  It is the ability to see a project through to the end that separates the Best Of Us from the rest of us.

Testing Requirements

The following Links provide an outline of the curriculum requirements for advancement through the Belt Colors. Demonstration of improvement between each rank of like colors and a minimum level of class participation will determine readiness for next testing.

We will be adhering to the philosophy of LEARN IT - DO IT - PERFECT IT

  • Introductory ranks should focus on learning and memorizing the new belt color curriculum material
  • Intermediary ranks should be able to competently demonstrate the material with little prompting
  • Senior ranks will know the material completely and should make it look easy

Basic Curriculum (White, Yellow, Orange, Orange-Stripe)
Intermediate Curriculum (Green, Green-Stripe, Green-2 Stripe)
Advanced Curriculum (Red, Red-Stripe, Red-2 Stripe)
Cho Dan Bo & Black Belt Curriculum (CDB, 1st Dan, 2nd Dan, 3rd Dan)

Note that there is a $20 Testing Fee for all Gup Rank Tests (Yellow Belt exempt with purchase of Uniform) to cover time, materials, and new belts, etc.

Student Order Form

Student Order Form

Korean Terminology List

Korean Terminology List

Five Codes of Tang Soo Do

  • Loyalty To Country
  • Obedience To Parents
  • Honor Friendship
  • No Retreat In Battle
  • In Fighting Choose With Sense And Honor

Seven Tenets of Tang Soo Do

  • Integrity
  • Concentration
  • Perseverance
  • Respect & Obedience
  • Self-Control
  • Humility
  • Indomitable Spirit

Student Creed

  • I will develop myself in a positive manner and avoid anything that would reduce my mental growth or physical health.
  • I will develop self-discipline, in order to bring out the best in myself and others.
  • I will use common sense before self-defense and never be offensive or abusive.
  • We are a Black Belt school.  We are dedicated, We are motivated, We’re on a quest to be our best.
  • Winners NEVER quit!  Quitters NEVER win!  I choose to be a WINNER.

What Does it All Mean?

  • Loyalty To Country – We are blessed to live in a free country and must respect and obey the rule of law, as well as being actively engaged in our civic responsibilities, such as voting and making our communities a better place.
  • Obedience To Parents – We must be obedient to our parents and show proper respect to our elders, teachers, and other authority figures.
  • Honor Friendship – We must treat our friends as we would like to be treated, being helpful and kind and willing to share.
  • No Retreat In Battle – We must be willing to face our battles and finish what we start – especially the hard road to self-improvement and the important goals we set throughout our lives.
  • In Fighting Choose With Sense And Honor – We only fight when there is no other reasonable option and do not learn to fight so that we can get our way through bullying those weaker than ourselves.  As practitioners of Tang Soo Do, we learn how to fight so that we do not have to fight – this is the way of Pyong Hwa Kunin (Peaceful Warriors).
  • Seven Tenets of Tang Soo Do – Self explanatory qualities of character that we seek to exemplify in our pursuit of Black Belt Excellence.
  • I will develop myself in a positive manner and avoid anything that would reduce my mental growth or physical health – This is a promise to improve oneself in a good way and to avoid things harmful to the mind and body such as smoking, drinking, and illegal drug use.
  • I will develop self-discipline, in order to bring out the best in myself and others – Self-discipline means doing what’s right because you choose to, and not because someone is making you.  When we show good self-discipline, we set a good example for others to follow and learn to be good leaders.
  • I will use common sense before self-defense and never be offensive or abusive – We can steer clear of most trouble simple by being aware of what’s going on around us, which means dangerous situations and fighting can usually be avoided.  And while we do learn to fight, it is not to be a bully and get our way just because we are bigger or stronger than anyone else.
  • We are a Black Belt school.  We are dedicated, We are motivated, We’re on a quest to be our best – This means that getting your black belt (and beyond) is an important goal of training in Tang Soo Do, but as much as we would like to give you your black belt, you have to be the one to earn it.  This means doing what it takes to succeed in your quest – even all the hard work – and finding ways to stay motivated when the going gets tough.
  • Winners NEVER quit!  Quitters NEVER win!  I choose to be a WINNER – Here is the bottom line – you can’t win a race if you never cross the finish line.  People who get their black belt represent a special type of person, one who is willing to finish what they start.  This is a rare and marvelous quality in people today, as so many are taught that it is OK to quit something just because it is has become difficult.

Meaning of the Belt Colors; Analogy of an Apple Tree

███ White – As the inside of an apple seed is white, it represents a beginning and the potential to become something greater. The focus is inward and the seed must take in and absorb if it is to grow.

███ Yellow – Represents the sprout. The seed has taken root, putting forth enough effort to break the surface.

███ Orange – Represents the sapling. The sapling begins to have the appearance of a tree, but is still growing.

███ Green – Represents the branches and leaves. The tree is beginning to flourish, reaching out in many directions and discovering new horizons.

███ Brown – Represents the trunk. The tree is firm and strongly rooted and can look back, knowing that it has become something greater than its beginnings as a humble seed.

███ Red – Represents the apples. A mature tree will put forth fruit, which others can see and will desire to have for themselves.

███ Black – The fruit produces seeds, which on the outside are black.  The focus is now outward, as the seeds are scattered, so the tree is helping to bring forth others of its kind.

Rules of the Dojang

  • Be on time (five minutes early) for all of your classes.
  • Students awaiting class should sit or stand quietly, and watch the class that is in progress.
  • All students must Salute the American flag when crossing onto (or off of) the Dojang floor.
  • Do not walk on the Dojang floor with your shoes on.
  • No food or drinks on the Dojang floor, with the exception of bottled water only (which may be kept to the sides of the floor).
  • Address all Instructors and Black Belts by 'Sir' or their last names, such as 'Master Dehenaut' or 'Mrs. Dehenaut'.
  • Use ‘Yes Sir/No Sir’ or ‘Ma'am’ (as appropriate) when answering all Instructors and Black Belts.  Junior students should display the same respect to all parents and adults.
  • Pay attention to your Instructor at all times.
  • No talking during Protocol, from on or off the Dojang floor.
  • No excessive talking, loud laughing, or horseplay during the class.  Cursing will not be tolerated.
  • Do not step out of line or leave the Dojang floor during class without the Chief Instructor’s permission.
  • Students should ask permission before using any of the school's equipment. No weapon training is allowed until Green Belt.
  • No Sparring or Ground Fighting without the Instructor’s supervision.  Never Ground Fight for submission without a qualified spotter.
  • Do not lean on the walls when sitting or touch the mirrors.
  • Students must maintain proper composure while in class, even when upset, injured, or playing games.  Good conduct is expected of every student in or out of the school at all times.  Always be courteous and helpful.
  • Advanced students are expected to set a good example to new students and to help such students whenever necessary. All adult students are expected to set a good example to all junior students.
  • Younger students are to be escorted into and out of the building by a responsible adult or family member.
  • Help keep your Dojang clean.

Dress Code

Always wear a clean white uniform with belt and proper patches while working out in the Dojang and to all tests and promotions.

Black Belts may wear white or black pants as part of the formal uniform.

  • Green, Red, and Black Belts must wear corresponding colored trim on their uniforms.  For junior students, this only applies to Black Belts.
  • Plain white T-shirts are required underneath the uniform for all female students (optional for males).
  • During T-shirt Months (June, July, & August), You may wear plain colored or martial arts themed T-shirts in place of the uniform top if desired.  T-shirts must be tucked in, with the belt tied over the waistband of white uniform pants.  Black belts may only wear T-shirts with black uniform pants.
  • Always fix or adjust your uniform or belt with your back turned to the Instructors.
  • Respect your belt (you earned it).  Belts found unfolded on the floor or left behind will be confiscated for one ‘white belt’ class before being returned.
  • Junior students should not play in their uniform outside of the Dojang.

Do not wear watches or jewelry during class and keep fingernails and toenails trimmed to prevent injury to others.

Calendar of Events

The Calendar of Events will be updated monthly and as new Events are added.

  • Saturday May 5, Tang Soo Do DEMO, 11:00am Festival Park
  • Saturday June 30, Women's Self-Defense and Rape Prevention Seminar, 1-4pm
  • Saturday July 28, Tang Soo Do Picnic
  • Monday July 30 & Wednesday August 1, Summer Break (No Classes)
  • Saturday December 1 - Friday January 2 2019, Christmas/New Years Break (No Classes)

Rec Center Early Closings

The College Lakes Recreation Center Closes at 6:00pm on all Federal Holidays. As such, No Tang Soo Do Classes will be held on the following days -

  • Monday January 15, Martin Luther King Day
  • Monday May 28, Memorial Day
  • Monday September 3, Labor Day
  • Monday October 8, Columbus Day
  • Monday December 25, Christmas Day

Snow Days

As a safety precaution, ELITE Tang Soo Do Academy will not have classes on days that the Cumberland County School District closes, due to inclement weather. We will not cancel classes for a two-hour delay however.