WRITTEN EXAM with ANSWERS
The amazing Laura Szczembara created online flash cards
for terminology and the written exam. . https://quizlet.com/join/pqTmURY7n
Click on the topic, then click on "Flash Cards" if you'd
like to have the question asked first, then click the
turn-over card for the answer on the back. (And ignore
their pronunciations. Even though it is an Asian accent
the pronunciations I heard so far are not correct.)
1. What does Gup mean?
Rank under black belt.
What Gup level are you?
1 Gup, 2nd Pretest. Or, "I am not
a Gup, I am
a Cho Dan, E Dan, etc."
3. What type of ranking system
do the black belts have?
4. Write out
the words to count from FIRST through TENTH (not one through
ten which is hana, tul, set, net, etc.) Begin with IL, E:
IL, E, Sam, Sa, O, Yuk, Ch'il, Pal, Ku, Sip (Cho means
the following Korean words mean when translated to English?
Tang Soo Do:
Way of the open hand to defend and strike.
9. What is Soo Bahk Do?
The name of the Ancient
Martial Art of Korea. (The Martial Art that Tang Soo Do is
It is the style that the strong kicking and
hard blocking of TSD originated.
10. Who is the head
and founder of all of Tang Soo Do?
In what city and country did Tang Soo Do originate?
12. In what year did Tang Soo Do
Extra credit: What was the time of day
Tang Soo Do was officially founded?
November 9, 1945
between 2:30-3:00 p.m.
13. What does the belt of a
Grandmaster look like?
Grandmaster Black belts have two
stripes running horizontally through the length of the belt
14. What does the belt of a Master look like?
Black belts have one stripe running horizontally through the
length of the belt.
15. What other country
influencedTang Soo Do?
16. What is the
percentage of influence of all the styles that make up Tang
Soo Do (include % and name of style)?
60% Soo Bahk Do,
30% Northern Chinese, 10% Southern Chinese
does Tang Soo Do have a Martial Arts influence from another
The age of Japanese occupation forced Hwang Kee
to flee for his life so he escaped Korea by going North to
Manchuria (China) in 1936. In 1909 Japan occupied the Korean
peninsula, and the Korean people were forbidden to practice
any martial art. In this time, known as Tae Kyun, martial
arts secretly survived among a remnant of a handful of
students. Meanwhile, many Koreans, oppressed at home,
emigrated from their country to study and work in other
parts of the world, including China and Japan. No
restrictions on unarmed martial arts training existed in
these countries, and for the first time in over a thousand
years, Tae Kyun was exposed to other forms of unarmed self
defense. Grandmaster Hwang Kee was one of the exiles under
the pressure of the Japanese government. Grandmaster Hwang
was arrested by the Japanese and imprisoned. He was
sentenced to death for violating Japanese Martial Law. Hwang
Kee escaped and, having to leave his family behind, fled
north into Manchuria (China) in 1936. Previously he trained
under an unknown Soo Bahk Ki Master, starting his training
at an early age. At the time of his exile he was well known
as a Soo Bahk Ki Master himself.
18. What style of
Martial Arts, from this other country, influenced Tang Soo
Kung Fu/Wu Shu
19. What does the word karate mean?
20. In what country did the word karate
originate: Japan or Korea?
What were the 5 original Kwans
formed in Korea?
Moo Duk Kwan
Ji Do Kwan
Choong Do Kwan
Cheong Moo Kwan
Song Moo KwanRegarding the Flag of
the United States of America
26. What do the 13
13 original colonies
do the 50 stars represent?
28. What do
the colors represent?
29. Who was
the first Korean Tang Soo Do Master to come to Detroit, MI?
Jae Joon Kim
EXTRA CREDIT: What was his/her Dan number?
#38Describe the Flag of the Republic of Korea / Kuk Ki
30. upper left symbol:
31. lower right symbol:
32. upper right symbol:
34. symbol in the middle:
35. The Color White:
Peaceful and Purity
36. The Color Red
The Color Blue:
38. What color on
the Korean Flag represents "Father"?
Regarding Um-Yang, does Yang represent Mind or Body?
40. What color on the Korean Flag represents Um?
41. When (what year) was Grandmaster Hwang Kee born?
42. What did Grandmaster Hwang Kee buy for
a worldwide training place?
43. For how
many years did Hwang Kee have to flee his country?
EXTRA CREDIT: What were the years he was gone?
1936 to 1945
What does Pyong Ahn mean?
Well-Balanced, Calm, Peaceful
46. Draw characters for
47. Why do
we study Tang Soo Do? IN FIVE WORDS OR LESS:
every aspect of self.
What seasons do the different
colored belts represent? (circle correct answer on each
48. White (Winter)
49. Yellow/Orange (between
Winter & Spring)
50. Green (Spring)
51. Red (Summer)
52. Black or Midnight Blue belt (Fall/Autumn)
are the Logo Representations in the World Class Federation
of Martial Arts logo
53. The Chinese characters in the
Tang Soo Do
54. The Red Dragon:
55. The Blue Dragon:
56. What do the
dragons eye colors represent? green (red dragon) and blue
Grandmaster Pitcher (Green), Master Watson
57. The planet:
unlimited possibilities for
tang soo do goodness to extend throughout the universe
58. The starburst:
directions that tang soo do has
spread throughout the world
59. The black belt:
ultimate first goal to achieve the beginnings of an
understanding of our art
60. The ten stars inside the
10 gup levels, and 10 dan levels, and that we
believe each level to be equally important
eight stripes inside the belt:
eight key concepts of Tang
one point for each of the eight that
you can name - either Korean OR English). Clue: you can use
the information posted on the walls.
1. Yong Gi
2. Chung Shin Tong Il (concentration);
In Neh (endurance);
4. Chung Jik (honesty);
6. Him Cho Chung (control of power);
Shin Chook (tension and relaxation)
8. Wan Gup (speed
62. Why did we choose the words World Class?
Because we have set
the highest standards possible both professionally and
personally in all that we do
63. What does the color gold
Represents the (gold standard); the honor and integrity that our Institute brings
to the Martial Arts.
64. The tag line Honor, Pride, Respect, Confidence
The teachings we hold most dear in
our martial arts instruction, without honor, pride, respect,
and confidence, the rest is unimportant.
65. What is the most important
thing you get from your Tang Soo Do training, and
(Should be thoughtful answer.)
Give a brief description of your Head Instructors' history
and training in Tang Soo Do.
Need more than a physical
began training in Tang Soo Do
with his son Michael in a class that preached discipline,
respect, self defense and leadership skills. His last
promotion was in March, 2017 to 7th degree Black Belt, by
Grandmaster Greg Boliard-9th Dan (Dan #14763) and Founder of
Mu Sa Kwan Tang Soo Do Federation, a world-wide organization
with over 23 Member Schools. Prior to that, during his 6th
Dan testing, the Promotion Board also presented him with the
title of Grandmaster, as was their practice. In traditional
Tang Soo Do this honor is not achieved until 8th degree, so
he is very humbled to have received this designation from
those Grandmasters. GM Pitcher continues his training with
Grandmaster Boliard. GM Pitcher has successfully competed in
many tournaments, with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies and
medals regularly adorning his walls. One of his favorite
achievements was at the 8th World Championship International
Tang Soo Do Federation Tournament in Panama where he earned
the Gold Medal in Black Belt Forms. At the Battle of Detroit
tournament in 2007, GM Dr. Ibraham Ahmed, together with the
Mayor of Dearborn, John O'Reilly, presented GM Pitcher with
the Martial Arts Leadership Award. GM Pitcher was one of the
first-ever to be selected for this honor. In 2002 GM Pitcher
was voted Man of the Year-Tang Soo Do by USA Martial Arts,
and in 2008 received Instructor of the Year and was inducted
into the TSDMAS Hall of Fame.
training in Tang Soo Do in 1996. In 2015 he tested for 5th
Degree Black Belt under Grandmaster Pitcher, at World Class
Institute of Martial Arts. Master Norton began assisting in
classes in 1998, and leading classes on his own by 2000. As
of 1-1-15, Master Norton is the Owner and Head Instructor
of WCIMA in Madison Heights. Throughout his years of
training, Master Norton participated in numerous
tournaments, including large-scale National and
International tournaments in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio,
Indiana, Florida, and Panama. He brought home trophies and
medals in all areas and is most proud of the weapons, forms,
and breaking medals as his favorite. His signature pima
kick break, low-block break, and brick-breaking routine are
fan favorites! In addition to traditional Tang Soo Do
training, Master Norton spent time with the renowned Bell
Family learning Jiu Jitsu, which he has helped incorporate
into the self defense curriculum as a Senior Member of the
Technical Advisory Board with the World Class Federation of
Martial Arts, which establishes and enforces the quality
curriculum for its member schools. Master Norton also
visited and trained in Korea and China on a martial arts
trip to those countries in 2000. As a member of
the WCIMA Demo team for many years, Master Norton brought
excitement and amazing technical skill to the venues in
which they performed, including the annual Livonia Spree on
the Main Stage.
Match the following basic terminology
with the korean word:
Bah Roh / Baro
One Step Sparring
Il Soo Sik Dae Ryun
Salute the Flag
Ku Gi Ba Ray
Toh Rha / Tora