Tang Soo Do...just some questions.
Hey everyone...I am considering getting back into the martial arts...specifically Tang Soo Do. Simply because this Dojang is basically one of two in my town. The instructor is a 6th degree black belt in the art...and the other one is a Tae Kwon Do, judo, jujitsu, and about three other systems.
The fees are 80.00 a month for 2 classes per week...8 per month.
My background: 42 years old...4 years Marine Corps, 6 1/2 Kansas Army National Guard
8 years training in the martial arts
Black belt in Tae Kwon Do
3rd degree Brown in Judo (Judo is my passion)and Hapkido
Now...I have been out of training now for 6 years and want to get back into it, but my former instructor moved 60 miles away and the other Tae Kwon Do dojang has some pretty arrogant people there as instructors. I truly cannot stand an arrogant instructor...in fact one of their senior judo instructors would berate his white belts...he didn't like it when I he got thrown by someone wearing a white belt. (out of respect for a new school I'll wear a white belt and this instructor thought I was a white belt....he got a bit of humble pie.)
I've researched the origins of Tang Soo Do as well as some of their kicks and to be honest I see a very similar style with the Tae Kwon Do.
What I really am looking for is more weapons training with things like canes, sticks etc...(tang soo do seems to have this) as well as getting back into exercise.
I've spoken with the instructor and has just opened this school...he only has 2-3 students in class. I will check his class out on Tuesday and if I like what I see then I will ask to take one of his classes. I'll offer 10.00 for an hour (80.00 a month divided by 8 classes in a month) and if I like that class I'll make a commitment to him. I will however begin as a white belt (which I don't mind) as the instructor begins everyone as a white belt then adjusts their belts after the first test.) I don't/won't sign a contract.
Those of you who are familiar with this style...what should I look for as far as warning signs of anything? Also, my past instructor trained us in combat style tae kwon do...not the competitive style. Our master was a former ROK Marine commander...so more military style.