The Global Tang Soo Do Association was formed in 1984 by Great Grandmaster T.M. Kim outside of Atlanta, GA. It was established to raise the level of what was being taught in traditional Tang Soo Do organizations.
Since then, The GTSDA has became a well known traditional martial art organization. It is devoted to the growth and continuation of teaching traditional Tang Soo Do as taught in the past. The GTSDA is run by volunteer members, instructors, studio owners, Master’s, and others to continue promoting the traditional art of Tang Soo Do to the future generations of martial artists.
The GTSDA is not an organization where you are just another number. Here, in the GTSDA, you are welcomed with an “open door” policy and all students matter. Our instructors strive to assist you in reaching your goals for martial arts.
The Global Tang Soo Do Association is continuing to develop programs that will benefit you and your studio in the study of Tang Soo Do. Listed below are the benefits already developed and enjoyed by GTSDA members and member studios.
- INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION OF STUDIOS AND INSTRUCTORS
Every one of our studios will be inspected and every instructor will be licensed by GTSDA. This means you and your students will receive the highest quality of instruction available.
- CLINICS AND WORKSHOPS
Intensive instruction in Tang Soo Do curriculum will be open to Dan and Gup Members and held on a regional basis. They will be taught by Masters and Grandmasters.
- SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS
Classes on the history, tradition, and philosophy of Tang Soo Do will be conducted regionally.
- CENTRALIZED HEADQUARTERS
With one central office, you can get information on students, information on other studios, and purchase GTSDA items. You can also get definitive answers on technique in hyungs, testing requirements, etc.
- VISITING RIGHTS
If you are traveling you will have the right to work out as member studios along the way. Your rank in Tang Soo Do is often recognized by other Tang Soo Do organizations.
- TRANSFERRING STUDIOS
If you move, the Association can assist you in finding a member studio or another Tang Soo Do studio to train.
- STANDARDIZATION OF TECHNIQUES
The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), through regional events, books, and video, will standardize the practice of Tang Soo Do so that training will be the same throughout all Member Studios.
- THE RIGHT TO BE HEARD
As a member, you have the right to be heard and to petition the Association concerning its policies. The Association has an “open door” policy. You are always welcome to train at GTSDA HQ in Snellville, GA, discuss issues with our leadership, and provide input to the Organization.
- THE BACKING OF THE ASSOCIATION
As a member in good standing, if your credentials or rank should ever be questioned, the Association will back you with its full authority and cooperation.
As a member, you will belong to an organization that maintains the highest standards and that will not compromise itself, you, or the art of Tang Soo Do.
- GROWTH AND SHARING
By attending the functions and events, you will meet other members of the Association and other martial artists. GTSDA will promote your studio in print, on the Internet, and on social media for promotion of the Association and our member studios.