Tang Soo Do is a traditional Korean martial art focused on self-defence. Providing a total body workout benefiting increased mobility, strength, power, flexibility, stability, coordination,cardiovascular health, mental concentration, reflexes, self-confidence, aiding weight loss and stress relief. Whether you are an expert or just a beginner you are welcome to come and join us at our club.
Although recently formed SSSK has a lot of accumulated experience to offer with two 4th Dans, one 3rd Dan and three 2nd Dans who train regularly all of whom are willing and able to help the club'sKarate-ka develop their knowledge and understanding of Shotokan Karate. We are supported and guided by SHOTO with ten instructors above the rank of 5th Dan presided over by Hanshi Mick Randall MBE who is one of the highest ranked Western instructors in Europe.
We strongly believe in a family friendly club, somewhere not only the students feel welcome and at ease, but the parents and extended families of our students. We welcome visitors and people are freeto stay within the dojo to watch or from the viewing gallery. In our time so far, we like to think that we have established a good bond with our parents. They are all keen and enthusiastic and are known to join in when we have "fun lessons" and create a great social atmosphere afterwards.
What is known is that Dharma, a monk from India, was staying at a Shao Lin monastery in China where he taught his students a physical training discipline in order to build strength, endurance andself-defence. This was required to carry out the rigid discipline that was part of their religion and also to protect them from the bandits that lived in their locality. This martial art was 'imported' into Okinawa and was blended with the local fighting techniques of the islands.
Their martial arts background is based with Masters Academy in Debden, The academy is run by joint chief instructors Mathew Chapman & James Evans-Nicolle & in respect to their instructors the girlshave opened the club as an extension of the Masters Academy, They are following the same structured grading system laid out by the academy that got them to where they are today.
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