Energy in every action, in every move

Tang Soo Do is both a “hard” and a “soft” style of martial art, with the soft internal influence coming from the ancient Korean art of Soo Bahk Do and from Northern and Southern Chinese systems. Its hardness comes in part from Okinawan karate influences.

There are different ways and diverse aspects of karate-do – each with their path to equal growth and effectiveness. At Oakstrong Martial Arts our classes are designed around three of those ways, individually exploring and capturing the power of and grace of Tang Soo Do.

Whichever your way, our standardized curriculum gives you an art to learn, and an art to grow with, and an art to express yourself.

More about the different aspects of Tang Soo Do…

Tang Soo Do is a traditional martial art with purpose to develop every aspect of the self in order to produce a mature person who can totally integrate intellect, emotions, body, spirit and energy.

External Energy

Traditional Style

Traditional karate energy – refined to a new level of self-defense and understanding

Training in the traditional martial arts is the practice of increasing mental focus, gaining strength of body, growing endurance of will, increasing awareness and controlling emotion. It’s about gaining sense of self, self-confidence and it’s about releasing fear.

  • It’s not just about effectively being able to kick, block or strike.
  • Traditional “Weh Ga Ryu” curriculum employs a mix of stretching, external energy “hard-style” karate techniques, and qigong exercises.
  • It deeply explores the dynamics involved in harnessing and maximizing energy in order to efficiently transmit such energy in a defensive and offensive manor.

While traditional karate is taught, modern teaching methods are employed to enable each student to achieve success.

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Internal Energy

Soft Style

Breathing and the use of internal energy in every action, in every passive move… gentle yet powerful

A unique karate curriculum and methodology employing a mix of stretching, soft-style karate, and qigong exercises. It’s similar to Tai Chi, but certainly not the same.

  • Soft-style “Neh Ga Ryu” utilizes breathing and energy in every action, in every fluid move.
  • It’s a very different way from hard style karate while being powerful and energetic – you will get a workout!
  • Neh Ga Ryu is focuses on developing the beauty of the defensive practice and the internal energy – the “ne gung” aspect of Tang Soo Do.

Excellence comes from the refinement and precision of movement, correctness of technique, centering, and employment of qigong. A well-performed Neh Ga Ryu form is a magnificent thing to behold and a wonderful achievement to perform.

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Assisted Energy


Furthering the discipline by capturing the energy of movement and traditional armaments

While traditional karate emphasizes “the empty hand” and justly emphasizes the benefits, on a practical level – if you need to defend yourself and weapons are available – you would want to know how to use them effectively. Both beautiful and effective in use, weapons training adds to and expands your expertise in the martial arts and your ability to defend yourself.

  • The Bo (long staff) brings increased focus, coordination, and patience. Is a kitchen broom just a broom?
  • Short stick training leverages your ability to move in no uncertain terms.
  • Knife training is intense and worthy of the utmost respect.
  • Self-defense strategy, psychology, and legal aspects are discussed.

Learning to respect weapons, how to defend yourself against such, and how to use weapons is an natural extension of traditional karate teachings.

Flowing energy. Should you focus on external balance or internal centering? How does the breath affect movement? How does movement affect energy transmission? Where does timing fit in?

At Oakstrong Martial Arts we teach not only karate techniques and self-defense, but the different aspects of energy.  Weh Ga Ryu – “traditional style”. Neh Ga Ryu – “soft style”. Weapons – expand your skills.

Enrollment is on-going – start at any time!

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