Tae Kwon Do

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea and is now an official Olympic sporting event.

In Korean, tae means "foot", kwon means "fist", and do means "way" or "martial art", so Taekwondo is loosely translated as "the way of the foot and fist" but some translate it as, "the art of kicking and punching," although the meaning of the Korean word "do" does not correspond to the meaning of the English word "art".

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T’ai Chi Chuan

Tai chi chuan is an internal Chinese martial art often practiced for a variety of reasons including health problems: its soft martial techniques, demonstration competitions, health and longevity. Consequently, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims. Some of tai chi chuan's training forms are well known to Westerners as the slow motion routines that groups of people practice together every morning in parks around the world, particularly in China.

The name "tai chi chuan" is held to be derived from the Taiji symbol (taijitu or t'ai chi t'u), more commonly known in the West as the "yin-yang" symbol. Tai chi chuan is therefore said in literature preserved in its oldest schools to be a study of yin (receptive) and yang (active) principles, using terminology found in the Chinese classics, especially the Book of Changes and the Tao Te Ching.

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Originally known as “sumai”, meaning struggle, sumo began around 20 B.C. as military combat. Sumai used most of the modern sumo techniques, plus a variety of strikes.

It resembled other wrestling based arts such as mongolian wrestling and Indian wrestling. Before the 16th century almost all wrestling was practiced for battle. Evolving after the 16th century, it eventually became known as sumo. Rules, ranks, and a ring now make sumo into a sport of giants. The water ceremony, the bowing, the costumes, and pageantry are all reminders of the ancient military traditions are still recognized today in competition.

To follow a competition is quite easy. The winner is the one who forces his opponent out of the ring or forcing his opponent to touch the floor with any body part above the knee, first. The techniques they employ range from slapping (tsuppari), sweeps (ketaguri), and a wide variety of sacrafice throws (utchari).


Stav (pronounced st-arv) has been described as European Tai Chi and Viking Kung Fu.

Stav is a traditional system maintained by the Norwegian family Hafskjold for over 44 generations. It is designed to improve mind, body, and spirit. It is said the system has been practiced since 500 AD so it certainly is not a new style developed from the African or Eastern styles.

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Soo Bahk Do

Soo Bahk Do is the name of the art taught by Hwang Kee, his successor Hwang Hyun Chul, and instructors who are certified by member organizations of the World Moo Duk Kwan. It is an ancient, traditional Korean martial art comprising hand and foot techniques.

The art is renowned for its disciplined approach and emphasis on the tradition and technical aspects of martial art. Like most traditional martial art systems, Soo Bahk Do has unlimited horizons. Consistent training leads to improvement not only in physical ability, such as flexibility, strength, stamina and speed, but also mental focus and application of will. These benefits develop a sense of calm and quiet confidence in the practitioner. Soo Bahk Do is one of the most popular forms of Korean martial art.

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