Kilmore West Tang Soo Do club (Pil Sung) opened its doors for the first time in May 2001 by Mr Paul McManus. The club quickly became involved with the community with fund raising and local charities. The classes were filled with brand new White Belts, some of these new students became Black Belts in 2007. The club was involved in numerous tournaments here in Ireland and abroad.
In 2007 the club took a team to the World Championships in America to compete, after their great success over there they were invited to meet with the Mayor of Dublin. In January 2007 the club got its first Black Belts : Louise Perry , James Ashmore, Emer Finn, followed by Stephen Perry. The following black belts are assistant instructor’s at Pil Sung Tang Soo Do: Stephen Ryan, Deivid Dvylaitis and Adam Lawlor.
There have been hundreds of students pass through the doors some for a few weeks and some for years. The club is an integral part of the community.
Master Paul McManus came into martial arts training at the age of 21 but he has worked very hard to attain his Master’s ranking under the guidance of Master S. Nar. He joined a martial arts class instructed by Master Nar in a Squash Club in Purley, Croydon, Surrey. Ever since he started to train, Tang Soo Do has had a considerable positive effect on his personal and professional life.
Stephen began his martial arts journey at the tender age of 8. Since then he trained for many years achieving the rank of Black Belt in Kickboxing and Kenpo. After a brief hiatus Stephen began training in Tang Soo Do in 2006 under the tutelage of Master P. McManus. In 2010 he received the rank of 1st Dan Black Belt followed by his 2nd Dan in 2012. Since beginning his training at the Pil Sung Tang Soo
Holly Byrne has been training sinceshe was eight years old. She recently acchieved her Black Belt in front of Grand master Ki Yun Li in 2017. She is competent hard working student and junior instructor. She is also a World champion in competitive free style dancing. Holly participated in many competitions and achieved great results. With great level of technical skills she continues to inspire and motivate other junior students to practice and achieve higer grades.
PHILOSPHY OF THE BELT SYSTEM
The Tang Soo Do ranking system in its progression from White Belt to Black Belt is based upon nature. Images of the seasons and the cycle of a new seed growing into tje fruitbearong plant and creating the seeds for a new cycle of growth are used to symbolize the learning cycle of the martial arts student. Each color stands for a specific stage of achievement. in this way, an essential concept of Oriental philosophy is realized: that which is born must grow, reach maturity, and sow the seeds for new birth.
The Seed Beneath the Winter Snow:
The wite belt student is like a seed beneath the new fallen winter snow. All potential for growth lies hidden beneath the surface.
Germination of the Seed:
As winter recedes, the snow melts and the seed begins to germinate beneath the ground. The spark of potential has been ignited within the student, much like the warmth of the sun upon the ground causes the dormant seed to germinate and take root.
The Development of the Root System:
The snow of winter are gone and spring is approaching. As the roots of a plant provide a foundation for continued growth and nourishment, so too, the orange belt has acquired the basic techniques that allow for continued growth in Tang Soo Do.
Rapid Development of the Plant:
Green is symbolic of the plant in spring. At the green belt level, rapid development occurs, similar to the rapid growth of foliage of the plant in springtime.
Blue Skies, Briliant Sun:
Growth occures with the presence of life giving light. Light blue remindsus of the blue skies of spring and summer. The plant is able to grow with the help of the sunlight and the rain from the sky. The martial arts student grows in knowledge and technical skill spurred on by the teachingsand encouragement of the masters and instructors.
The Nourishing Earth:
Brown represents strenght and stability. The strenght of the plant originally comes from the earth, which supplies the support and the nutrients for the roots of the plant. As the student matures, the student's strenght comes not only from outside sources such as the masters and the senior belts, but from the development of a strong inner spirit, which like the root system of yhe plant, becomes strong and gives support and stability during difficult times.
The Flowering of the Plant:
The briliant color purple signifies the flowering of the plant. The energy and nutrients used by the plant to produce the flower symbolize the personal energy and sacrifices that the student makes to advance in the martial arts and achieve the level of Purple Belt. Just as a flower is a gift of nature, the student's skills are special gifts to be used wisely.
The Ripening of the Fruit:
Red is the color of energy and vitality and is revealed by the appearance of the ripening fruit of the plant. Likewise, energy and vitality are shown by the student as power and technique begin to work in harmony with the mind.
Evening Sky - Days End:
Dark Blue represents the end of a day - the end of a cycle. The developmental stage is coming to an end. The plant has matured, flowered. and born fruit. At the end of summer. the plant prepares to produce seeds that will carry forth life for another season. Likewise, the student at this stage has acquired maturity, honor and respect and is preparing to move on to the next level.
Sowing New Seed:
The Black Belt marks the end of one life cycle and the beginning of a new cycle. The dark color represent calmness, dignity and sincerity. The Black Belt will sow the seeds of knowledge and skill among the new white belts to begin a new cycle. For the Black Belt. a more challenging cycle also begins. The Black Belt sets out upon a path that leads up thruough the ranks of higher Black Belts to true mastery.
We pride ourselves on ensuring consistency and technical accuracy in all areas throughout the federation. It is expected that our members strive to maintain the highest level of proficiency. We encourage quality achievements through consistent training and testing methods. This guarantees that future martial artist will be guided by the same historical teachings of the very first Tang Soo Do masters.
The classes consist of stretching and fitness routines. We have regular grading’s where a student’s progress is monitored. Hyungs (Forms) are practiced and these change in character depending on the level of the belt colour they correspond too. Basic forms for beginners, moving on to more intricate forms for higher belt students, the practice of self-defense one steps and controlled, free fighting with pads. This is for control of force and distance of threat or hazard. We teach students to be aware of their surroundings and environment, we hold championship events to promote a healthy competency and unity. Just because you compete against someone, it does not make them your enemy.
The club has extensive equipment, ranging from kick pads, focus mitts, 6 full size punch bags, sand bags, hand weights. We promote honest attitude and encourage parents to support their child in and out of classes. We aim to develop our students to become pillar of the community. We train in secure environment with separate changing rooms and showers for male and females. Parents are welcome to sit and watch their child train. All instructors are Garda vetted and IMAC approved.
The Meaning of Tang Soo Do
The world "Tang" originates from a Korean word meaning "to defend and strike." "Soo" means hand, but it may also be interpreted a a punch, a strike, a fist, or defense. "Do" means a way of life. When you combine the three words, Tang Soo Do means "The Way of the Hand of Tang". The kicking techniques of Tnag Soo Do are based on the ancient Korean kicking style of Tae Kyun, and the soft, flowing movements come from the northern and southern Chinese systems.
Muk Yum, or meditation, is practiced at the beginning and end of every training session.The atmosphere of meditation is serious and purposeful. At the beginning, meditation serves both to separate participants from previous activities and to prepare them mentally for the rigors of the training session. It is meant to clear and calm the mind and focus full attention upon training. Meditation is again used to formally end they training experience. Individuals should use this time to review and contemplate their personal performances for that day and consider ways to improve.
Bowing is a demonstration of respect , which is used instead of a handshake or a salute. When we bow, we are showing respect for the dignity, value, and positions of the instructors of the school and of the seniors. Bowing to our fellow students also indicates courtesy and respect. Karate training begins and ends with the bow and is an indication of the spirit in which we conduct ourselves in life and training.
Philosophy of Hyung (Forms)
When studying forms, it is important to understand the purpose behind each movement and technique, both offensive and defensive. Balance, rhythm, proper breathing, and variations in speed and power are necessary elements in executing a form. It would be disrespectful to thing that one can now a form simply by memorizing a series of individual movements. One should understand the meaning of each movement, the relationship between the movements, and the necessity of each movement as a part of the whole form. The greatness and perfection of the form is the realization that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Forms may be performed Ku Ryung E Mat Cho So (by instructor's count), or Ku Ryung Up Shi.
International Martial arts Association (IMA)
The name is international in scope. Practitioners from the IMA should work towards the proliferation of the art throughout the world.
Ideology of the IMA (International Martial Arts Association)
The Ideology of the IMA is expressed in By the Five Code Spirit, the Seven Tenets, the Student Creed, and by the adherence to ritual and tradition. By honoring the ideals, rules, and rituals of the martial arts as taught by IMA, students accept the beliefs, attitudes, and values that identify them within the Tang Soo Do community.
The guiding principles of the society of the Hwa Rang-Do (the military academy for the young nobility of Silla) were based on five Codes of Human Conduct as established by the Buddhist scholar Wonkang. To structure and guide the moral development of students of Tang Soo Do, The Five Code Spirit and the Seven Tenets of the IMA reflect these same ancient five codes of human conduct:
Martial arts are a great form of exercise that works all major muscle groups. It’s a great way to get in shape and stay in shape. Training promotes fitness, coordination, strength and flexibility, which will benefit the student in all athletically pursuits. We live in stressful times and Tang Soo Do is an excellent way to release and control stress which can be released in negative or disruptive manner. Martial art takes advantage of your natural energy and directs it in a positive and beneficial manner. Gain self-confidence and self-esteem. Tang Soo Do teaches “YES I CAN “ attitude which carries over into every area of the students life.
Concentration, Discipline and respect these are what we install in our students. Our students greet instructors and treat other students with respect and courtesy. These values carry over towards teachers, parents, work colleagues and acquaintances. Our Dojangs (schools) promote a strong family attitude where the whole family can train together.
"Anyone who gets to train with Master McManus let alone have him as an instuctor is truly lucky..I have been one such person his ability to explain and define techniques and also demonstrate them with precsion and clarity is something that I've been able to carry with me throughout my practice and just to have his presence around has given me tremendous confidence that I have been able to draw on even in his absence...I have been practicing Tang soo do for over 20 years because of the confidence and inspiration that i received from Master McManus ."
Master Albert Omenesa
"After years of practising Tang Soo Do and training with Master McManus, I’ve learnt that the I more give, the more I receive. Meaning that by applying myself in class, listening to the instructions given, pushing myself to my limits, gave me so much more in return than that I could have imagined, in terms of physical conditioning and mental preparation. My advice for anyone going into your first or twentieth class; listen to the instructions given, watch as the techniques are demonstrated and applied, and most of all apply yourself and learn how to better yourself."
"We often use words to describe people as being awesome....but what does that actually mean?...to me he is an awesome being who through martial arts has encouraged, motivated, inspired and continually brings the laughter to the occasion.(often getting others into trouble .. lol!!!)In my early days of TSD I had the pleasure of being instructed by MM he was instrumental in me being the Master I am today. I will always value and feel truly honoured to have been one of his students.Today I have the continued privilege to train alongside him,taking our martial arts training/practise to different levels.MM is a leader,friend, brother and martial artist that seeks to continual improve upon what we already know/do. He willing shares his knowledge so that others may also continue to spread the traditions and customs that are unique to TSD.If you are blessed with the opportunity to train with MM then you're truly blessed."