Tang Soo Do Masters Alliance Philosophy

The TSDMA Logo

We get many questions about why certain things are in the image, we hope the following will explain.

The Eagle represents strength and liberty. The five original founders of the alliance had the strength to create this new organization, in hopes of making a better way for their students.

The Master Belt that the eagle is clutching represents the founding Masters and the strength of the Eagle binding them together.

The American flag and Korean Flags are crossed to signify East meeting West and the unifying of the two cultures through the martial arts.

As we always say, notice that there is no apostrophe in the word Masters. The masters of this alliance built this with their students, for their students and though they control its direction, they perceive no ownership of the organization.


Five Codes

Be loyal to one’s country

Be obedient to parents and elders

Honor friendship

Never retreat in battle

In fighting choose with sense and honor


Seven Tenets




Respect and Obedience

Self Control


Indomitable Spirit


Eight Key Concepts

Courage: Yong Ki
Concentration: Chung Shin Tong Il
Endurance: In Neh
Honesty: Chung Jik
Humility: Kyum Son
Control of Power: Him Cho Chung
Tension and Relaxation: Shin Chook
Speed Control: Wan Gup

The Student Creed

I must develop myself in a positive manner, and avoid anything that could reduce my mental growth or physical health.

I must develop self discipline in order to bring out the best in myself and others.

I must use common sense before self defense and never be abusive or offensive.

This is a Black Belt School, we are dedicated, we are motivated, we are on a quest to be our best.

Tang Soo!