Welcome to the Official WEB site of Elmhurst Tang Soo Do. Elmhurst Tang Soo Dos instructors and members are certified by the World Tang Soo Do Association, which has more than 500 member studios and over 100,000 members in 36 countries.
The Elmhurst Tang Soo Do Program at Courts Plus began in November of 1998 and has grown to over 120 members. It's members and instructors have won numerous awards and competitions at both the regional and international levels. Elmhurst Tang Soo Do has produced the Regional Black Belt Grand Champions in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009. Elmhurst Tang Soo Do has the unique accomplishment of producing the male and female Black Belt Grand Champions in the same year twice; Mr. and Mrs. Inoshita in 1999 and Mr. and Mrs. Fay 2004.
What is Tang Soo Do?
Tang Soo Do, an ancient form of martial art which traces its lineage back 2,000 years to the Korean peninsula, is a method of empty hand and foot, and weapon fighting, based on the scientific use of the body in self defense.
Physically, Tang Soo Do is based on the principles of yielding, circular motion and penetration. However, as an art, Tang Soo Do combines principles of character development, defensive and offensive skills, and the development of power for living a healthy and harmonious life, physically and mentally. Conceptually, it is a defensive martial art, and should never be used violently or excessively.
In today's society, there is no doubt that martial arts training is on the rise and that people are becoming more interested in learning self-defense skills. Tang Soo Do is an extremely effective method of self-defense. But there are many other reasons why men, women and children from all walks of life have taken up Tang Soo Do training. This ancient form of martial art is known for having the most effective training methods for self-discipline, self-confidence, physical fitness, stress management and self-defense. We are proud to announce that our members includes men, women, children and older adult students.
Even though we practice to defend against physical violence, our ultimate purpose is to develop strong spirit and self-awareness to supplement our physical skills. Strong spirit consists of a mental attitude that is tranquil and resilient, enabling one to react intuitively to any situation which may arise. The result is a person who is confident enough to defend against injustice.
Whatever brings each of us to Tang Soo Do, the real value of Tang Soo Do is not the belt you earn, but the changes that occur within you, in your quest for them. These changes include the betterment of your mind, body and spirit and the development of individual character and respect for others. The true goal of Tang Soo Do training is to use the lessons you learn in the studio to enrich every part of your life.
We invite you to explore the pages of our web site. Afterwards, if you would like more information about our studio or the please call us at 630.834.5192. Thank you for visiting our web site.
For more information about the World Tang Soo Do Association visit www.worldtangsoodo.com