Welcome to Pak’s Karate Academy

Pak’s Karate would like to welcome you to our school and the United Tang Soo Doo Federation (UTF).

As a new student, you’ll face many new but rewarding mental and physical challenges. Your white belt represents the beginning, a first step on a long journey. Our focus is to provide you with the guidance and tools to build a solid foundation¬† with life long benefits not only realized in class but also at school, work, and home. Our students develop strong virtues such as leadership, discipline, self control, and concentration, while learning the value old fashioned hard work. It is our belief that all of our students have the potential to become more than they aspire to be as we are a black belt school.

What to Expect:

As a White Belt, you’ll learn basic movements which includes stances, blocks, kicks, forms and terminology. These basic skills will serve you for years to come as they are the very beginnings of your journey to earning your black belt.

Student Creed:

I will develop myself in a positive manner and avoid anything that will harm me, mentally physically, Tang Soo.

Tang Soo Do and Tae Kwon Do History

No one can be exactly sure where the martial arts orginated. The most accepted theory is that they did not originate in one place but in almost all parts of the globe as they were needed for defense.

The Korean arts of Tang Soo Do and Tae Kwon Do have the same origins. They began from an ancient Korean martial art of TaeKyon, possibly one of the oldest martial arts in the world, dating back to about 50 BC. Ancient Korean markings found in caves show warriors in different poses similar to that of our martial art.

In the 6th century, an elite warrior class the Hwarang evolved. They were chosen from the young sons of nobility and practices the ancient Korean fighting system of Subak. During this time, five codes of conduct emerged form the foundation of Tang Soo Do.

– Loyalty to you country
– Obedience to your parents
– Trustworthiness between friends
– Courage to never retreat in battle
– Justin in killing & avoidance of unnecessary violence

The following tenents were eventually added to the code of conduct to be used as a guide for moral development of the Tang Soo Do practitioner.

– Courtesy
– Humility
– Integrity
– Perseverance
– Self Control
– Indomitable Spirit

Tang Soo Do / Tae Kwon Do has come a long way since its beginnings over three thousand years ago. Tae Kwon Do organized into an Olympic Sport with its debut in 1988 Olympic games in Korea.

Tang Soo Do remained separate from the Olympic movement and continues to teach the art as a traditional martial art not emphasizing the sport aspect.

Testing & Promotion:

Your first test should be a positive experience. Every Black Belt at the test is there to support you. Listen to their instructions and advice. Be sure to arrive early to put on your safety equipment and when you hear your name called, respond loudly and with confidence “Here Sir/Ma’am”.

Once you’ve been told where to stand, face the judges and remain at attention without moving or looking around. You will be asked to complete the promotion requirements below. Remember – Your attitude is everything at testing time!

*All students must be in good standing and are required to meet the minimum of 2 classes per week per test cycle in order to be eligible for testing.


  • Basic Movements
  • One-Step Sparring
  • Free Sparring
  • Board Break (Side Kick)
  • Terminology
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Tang Soo Do
Pronunciation: Tang Sue Dough
Definition: Korean Martial Arts

Tae Kwon Do
Definition: Korean Martial Arts

Definition: Flags

Definition: Attention

Definition: Bow

Definition: Ready Position

Yup Chahgee
Definition: Side Kick

Definition: Treating other people the way you want to be treated.

Bowing is a formal greeting and a way of showing respect, comparable to a military salute, or placing your hand over your heart during the pledge of alligance. When entering or leaving class, before, and after exercise, you should bow. Additionally, you will bow when commanded by your instructor at the beginning and end of each class. Other times when bowing occurs is when interacting with instructors or partners. Bowing is properly performed by standing at attention and bending from the waist about forty five degrees.

Entering the dojang (training room)
Before entering prepare yourself, calm your mind and turn your thoughts to your training. Your do boke (uniform) should be clean and your appearance should reflect your mental attitude.

Removing Shoes
You should always remove you shoe before entering the dojang (training room).

When Entering or Leaving
As you leave or enter the training room be sure to face the flags and bow.

Be Prompt
If you arrive to class after instruction has already begun, quietly enter the dojang. When you are ready to join class stand to the side, discreetly visible and wait to be recognized by the instructor. Once acknowledged, bow and ask for permission to join class.

Never Contradict
It is not polite to talk back or contradict the instructor. Should you have a difference of opinion, you should address this outside of class with the instructor one on one in private.

Do Not
Eat, drink, or chew gum in the dojang. Also, avoid eating or drinking in your uniform.

Greeting & Departure
Always say hello and goodbye to your instructor

Stand at Attention
When address or talking to Black Belts, stand at attention.

Refer to Black Belts Formally
All Black Belts are to be referred by their title (Mr., Miss, Mrs.) and their last name. Address senior black belts by their appropriate titles such as Grandmaster or Master.

Approaching the Instructor
When the instructor is conducting class and you have a need to approach, ask a senior belt for permission to approach him/her directly. Do not interrupt or disrupt the instructor.

When allowed to sit in class, ensure you cross you legs with your back straight. Do not lean or touch the walls.

Proper appearance and good grooming is very important. You should be clean and well groomed, with trimmed nails. Your doe boke (uniform) should be clean, neat, hemmed, and in good condition.

Leaving Class Early
If you know you need to leave class early in advance, let your instructor know before class begins. If you find you need to leave during class, request permission from the instructor.

Receiving Instruction
When an instructor or senior student offers personal instruction, correction, or assistance bow and them him or her. By bowing, you display appreciation and respect.

Correct a senior in front of others.

Starting & Finishing Class
Beginning class, students should line up quickly and quietly, with the senior students to the right facing the flags and the junior students to the left with smaller students standing near the front of the class. Student should line up at the end of class exactly as they lined up at the beginning whenever possible.

No Jewelry
Avoid wearing jewelry of any kind during class as it may cause injury to yourself or others.