Hwa Rang Do

Hwa Rang Do (花郎道) is a complete martial and healing art based on the techniques of the Hwarang warriors during the Three Kingdoms Period of Korea. The style balances practical self-defense and combative techniques with methods for personal growth and improving mental focus. The Hwa Rang Do curriculum spans a wide range of subjects, including:

Grappling/Ground Fighting Stand-up Fighting Sweeps, Throws, and Takedowns
Joint Manipulation/Lockouts Foot & Hand Techniques Traditional and Modern Weapons
Hard/Linear Movement Soft/Circular Movement Acrobatics and Falling
Meditation and Breathing Techniques Internal Energy Development Philosophy and Ethics

More information can be found at the World Hwa Rang Do Association.

Tae Soo Do

Due to the demanding nature of Hwa Rang Do, many beginners struggle to learn its techniques. In 1990, Supreme Grandmaster Joo Bang Lee of the World Hwa Rang Do Association created Tae Soo Do (太手道) to serve as an undergraduate form of Hwa Rang Do for newcomers. Tae Soo Do’s curriculum is streamlined to focus on building the strong physical skills and proper attitude to be successful in Hwa Rang Do, making it ideal for students with little or no prior martial arts training. Students who achieve the rank of Tae Soo Do Black Belt graduate into Hwa Rang Do at the rank of Yellow Sash (advanced beginner).