Our school boasts a well developed program of karate. Our style is referred to as MooDuk Kwan tang soo do, a Korean karate.
The style was taught from the Moo Duk Kwan (School of Martial Virtue) in Korea. The Moo Duk Kwan opened its doors in 1945, the year the Japanese Occupation lifted from Korea after World War II.
Traditional Korean karate emphasizes kicking, punching, trips and take downs, forms, break-falling, self-defense, pressure points, forms body conditioning, and weapons.
The word Tang Soo Do is the Korean pronunciation of the same, original Chinese characters that make up "Karate-do."
Japanese styles, however, changed their Kanji in 1935 to:
The word Hapkido is often used like the words karate or kung-fu. Just like karate, there are many variations of Hapkido.
Most modern styles have begun to teach forms. Older styles, however, were more eclectic and focused on individual techniques.
At Cherry's Karate we utilize the methods of Hapkido to teaching our students how to takedown/throw, break their own falls, joint manipulation, and certain weapon techniques.
In addition to traditional karate, our school teaching kickboxing as a style addition to our curriculum. Kickboxing is distinguished from karate by its lack of throws, joint manipulation, and trips, with a focus on kicks, punches, knees, and elbows.
Kickboxing emphasizes speed, endurance, and quick footwork. While sparring is an optional part of our traditional curriculum, the work of kickboxing.
Our kickboxing training occurs within the context of our nightly adult classes, in conjunction with the traditional karate program.
Our weapons curriculum begins at white belt. While most karate schools utilize less than five weapons in their curriculum, we teach over a dozen.
This isn't to say that we flood our students with information that isn't retained. Rather, we teach some weapons as introductions to basic skills sets and advance from there.
The first weapon our students learn is the traditional nunchuck, called ee jool bong in Korean, and move onto other weapons such as the bo, sword, and sai weapon- and many others- through the black belt level.