당수도 - 唐手道
During much of the old Ryukyu Kingdom Period (1392-1879), the Fujian population in Okinawa's Naha region, specifically around what is now called the Matsuyama Koen Park, would gather to practice Fujian White Crane. And the local Okinawans would meet to practice the local grappling art, Te (手). As both arts mixed, a new art was formed from the blending of the Chinese and Okinawan styles... and was called To Te (唐手). This style was further developed into the late 1800's and early 1900's and spread to Southern China, Japan and Korea. In Japan, 唐手 is pronounced Kara-te. In Korean, it is pronounced Dangsoo.
In the early 1900's, a Korean man named Hwang Kee was learning Tote, Taichi and Quan Fa in Manchuria while working on the railroad. Upon his return to Korea after the Japanese Occupation he started teaching this Chinese martial art while calling it "Hwa Soo Do" (Way of the Flowering hand). It didn't catch on, so he followed the advice of another Japanese trained Karate man, and started teaching Dangsoodo.
Hwang Kee's 3rd black belt is Choi Hee Suk, the figure-head of our organization... the Korea Dangsoodo Association. He is the highest ranked Korean Dangsoodo man in the world.
Have you ever heard of Wing Chun? Wing Chun is the only martial art style Bruce Lee officially studied. Wing Chun has had a resurgence today, being used in movies like “The Matrix” and “Ip Man”.
A variant of White Crane Kung Fu, Wing Chun is a complete art covering all aspects of combat and self-defense; close range fighting, strikes and kicks, locks and submissions, takedowns and throws, as well as weapons. Training varies from internally meditative to externally vigorous. Continual study of Wing Chun will improve your overall health and mental outlook.
If you elect to study Wing Chun, you will learn various forms – methods you can use for self-study. You will work with a partner, learning to center yourself and become sensitive to the movement of others. You will work with weapons, such as the long pole and butterfly short swords to further enhance the training.
We practice Japanese sword that is focused on old school Iaijutsu. This is a combative sword-drawing art but not necessarily an aggressive art because iaijutsu is also a counterattack-oriented art. Iaijutsu technique may be used aggressively to wage a premeditated surprise attack against an unsuspecting enemy. The formulation of iaijutsu as a component system of classical bujutsu was made less for the dynamic situations of the battlefield than for the relatively static applications of the warrior's daily life off the field of battle.
It is our goal to spread the practice of real sword fighting throughout the world. The AST curriculum is an evolution of application and tactics from years of study and research of sword throughout the centuries, and across the globe. Our goal is to make sword techniques applicable to a variety of situations with tried and true concepts.
The majority of the techniques utilized in the Applied Sword Tactics curriculum come from the Japanese Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu-ha (with emphasis on Iaijutsu and Battojutsu), Mugai Ryu Iai Hyo Do, Western Longsword (with emphasis on Fiore dei Liberi, but taking into account as many masters and manuals as we can read), and Bastone Italiano or Italian Stick (with emphasis on it's sword ancestry and practical applications).
Strong Women (Women's Only Martial Arts)
Alongside our Classical martial arts programs, our Women's only Martial Arts class on Mondays and Wednesdays allow women of all ages to experience the various aspects of martial arts in a welcoming, warm environment. Whether you're a beginner, someone who is returning to training after some time away, or a long time student of martial arts, there's a place for you at KDA.
The goal of this class is to help women find their place and their passion in the world of martial arts. We look forward to training with you!