About Tang Soo Do
705 Clairton Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Tang So Do, as it exists today, is comprised of a combination of three major styles: Yang Tai Chi Chuan, Northern China and Southern China Kung Fu, combined with the Okinawan/ Japanese discipline of Karate-do. In fact, Tang Soo Do is the Korean pronunciation of the Hanja characters 唐手道 which is translated as “Way of the T’ang (China) Hand. In Japanese these characters mean Karate-do. Currently, Japanese Karate-do is written as 空手道 The Japanese pronunciation of both sets of characters is the same, but the newer version means "Way of the Empty Hand" rather than "Way of the T'ang Hand"
The South Hills Karate Academy takes pride in the storied history of Tang Soo Do. Virtually every Tang Soo Do School either affiliated with a large organization or an independent Tang Soo Do studio can trace it’s lineage back to the Moo Duk Kwan* (Institute of Martial Virtue). The Moo Duk Kwan, one of five original schools or Kwans, was founded around 1945 by Grandmaster Hwang Kee and it’s history is very unique. The South Hills Karate Academy can trace can trace it’s lineage back to the original Moo Duk Kwan through it’s founder Gene Garbowsky, Sa Bom Nim (ITF#26272), back through his two previous instructors, Kwan Jang Andrew Ah Po (#10187) Founder of The Tang Soo Do Martial Way Association* as well as Master Garbowsky’s original instructor, Kwan Jang Nim Chun Sik Kim (#915), Founder of the International Tang Soo Do Federation*.
* South Hills Karate Academy nor the Independent Tang Soo Do Association makes no claim of current association with the Moo Duk Kwan, International Tang Soo Do Federation or the Tang Soo Do Martial Way Association. The information is provided for illustration of lineage and history only.