distinguishing tsd

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  1. Runs With Fire

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    What is it that visualy sets Tang Soo Do apart from other korean arts? What techniqes and tendencies if you saw at an open tournament would incline you to think a practitioner is a TSD student? Other than hyung curriculum, what does/ should it look like?
     
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    Lets take it bit by bit. (This is based on my knowledge and experience).

    "What is it that visualy sets Tang Soo Do apart from other korean arts?"

    The best way that I can describe the difference it that TSD is more "grounded". I like to view MA's via and elemental perspective ( I know it sounds ridiculous, just hear me out). TSD has movements that are like earth, strong, powerful, and a connection to the ground. They can deliver solid attacks with accurecy, mixing in both hands, legs, and in some cases arms.

    Naming a specific KMA to compare it to might be easier that using an umbrella.

    What techniqes and tendencies if you saw at an open tournament would incline you to think a practitioner is a TSD student?


    This one is harder to answer, due to moves being shares, interprested, and translated differently between diffrent style. Not too long ago, we had a Shotokan practitioner come and sighn up at our studio. They knew a great deal of curriculum that (almost) exactly matched what was in TSD. The main difference that set him appart were the details.
    Tendencies wise, he showed more reliance on upper body movment. His stances were also lighter that that of a full TSD practitioner. Sparing agenst him, he also kept his armes quite close to his body for how tall he was, and focused more on quick combos with the arms.
    TSD preactioners will have a tendecy to use their legs to keep people with in a certin range, and follow with evation combos, or hand leg combos. TSD also have tendencies to have "heavier" stances, while being defencive, but this can depend on the instructor and the persons experience.

    Other than hyung curriculum, what does/ should it look like?

    What dose the curriculum look like, or just in general? I assume you mean the first. What I have been taught is that one should learn via line, beauty, speed. Line, meaning that one is able to have the basic moves. Beauty is focusing on the fine details, the applications, and what exactly the move is doing. It is evolving it pass muscle memory, which is very easy to do if done correctly. Speed is just as it sounds. It is adding speed to the first to elements until it becomes seamless, and can be drawn upon in less than an instance.

    TSD, also hits on Mudo, determination, and other moral character mumbo that most places use (making finding a diffrence harder)

    On the out side, from a non-practitioner perspective, it looks like being able to know how to defend agents any attack in over 50 ways. And instructors being exceptionally picky about details.
    TSD is known as a passive art, so defence is constantly taught.


    Hope this helps, I would realy like to hear what other differences I have missed are.
     
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    Visually. Hmmm.

    Well, there's the gis, patches and what not. The kicks in Tae-kwon-do seem to have more of an extension to them, more of an "open"hip, and there seems to be more kicks practiced. Seems to be differences in sparring as well. Tang-soo-do has some nice looking black belts, though. Got that black/bue thing going in some of their schools.

    It's all good, though.
     
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    There was a TSD group that often practiced in the other side of the gym when I studied HKD. They had an unusual set of kata if you would call it that. Two students would face each other, then begin a slow set of movements. They would mimic each others movements, kicks, punches, whatever. I've never seen any other art do that. I don't know if that is done TSD wide or just was that teacher's method.
     
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    I beleave that is an instructor thing. Havent seen that at my studio.
     
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    It could be, or maybe an obscure branch of TSD. After I had seen that I read someone else stating he had seen that and implying it was a TSD thing. But it was unusual. I remember the teacher used to practice running up a wall in a semicircle. Part prowess and part stunt. But it was impressive to watch anyway.
     

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