Since 1974 Yi's Karate Cherry Hill has been improving lives in the Cherry Hill area through our special one of a kind personal development, martial arts program. People have many reasons for their interest in our program. Some are drawn to the physical fitness and weight-loss aspects. Who wouldn't want to look and feel better? Others seek to add discipline, confidence, self-esteem, concentration or self control to their children's lives or for themselves. Who wouldn't want children who believe in themselves, get better grades, know how to be on their best behavior and are confident and focused? While still others are concerned about safety and self-defense for their children, themselves or their whole family. No matter what the reason - adults and children alike see both mental and physical improvement while learning self-defense and having FUN !
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We hope you enjoy our website and will stop by and visit Yi's Karate Cherry Hill if you are in the area. This site is designed to give you information about our facility, our styles of martial arts - Tang Soo Do and Hapkido - and our staff plus provide you with information on how to contact us as well. Thank you for visiting! Master Alex Lonabaugh and the staff of Yi's Karate of Cherry Hill.
What is Tang Soo Do?
Tang Soo Do means "the art of the knife hand" or "the way of the Chinese hand." It contains characteristics of Chinese internal methods and Japanese striking styles. Tang Soo Do is a modern martial art and it's purpose is to develop every aspect of the 'self' in order to produce a mature person who can totally integrate his/her intellect, emotions, body and spirit.
Tang Soo Do is not a sport and its primary goal is not a competitive one. However, it does lend itself well to combative situations. Being a well-balanced style, Tang Soo Do offers a wide array of kicks, hand strikes, and stances representative of hard styles as well as softer stances and more fluid motions that are indicative of the softer styles. It derives it's hardness from Soo Bahk Do and its soft flowing movements from the Northern Chinese systems. Its kicking techniques , for which Tang Soo Do is unsurpassed, are based on Soo Bahk Do. Both of which can easily be recognized in the forms that are practiced within the style.
Free sparring is an extremely important part of Tang Soo Do training. There are two major types suitable for Tang Soo Do schools: Dojang sparring and competition; or sport, sparring. Although the techniques used in these types of sparring could be potentially dangerous and could result in a knockout or serious injury if not properly controlled, full contact sparring (kick boxing), traditionally is not included in the Tang Soo Do venue.
Tang Soo Do competitions do not allow contact to face or groin, or the back while allowing light moderate contact to the sides and front of the body. When one looks at injuries occurring in other contact sports it becomes clear that Tang Soo Do is actually a very safe activity. Qualities like sportsmanship, mutual respect for each other and personal discipline insures that practitioners compete in the healthiest environment possible. After all, the purpose of Tang Soo Do training is not for fighting, but to perfect techniques that will enhance one's total self. If the occasion arises when one must defend oneself, of equal importance is the development of the proper spirit to supplement the physical skills that are attained.