Welcome to Kim's Karate West

Kim's Karate West is the newest Kim's Karate location. We are here to help promote the Korean Martial Art of Tang Soo Do. Kim's Karate West is run by Sean Kirby. He has been studying under Grandmaster Chong Su Kim since 1979. Read more about him in the about section or by clicking on his name.


What is Tang Soo Do?

Literally translated, the word, "Tang" refers to the T'ang Dynasty of China which reflects that shared cultural background between China and Korea (617 - 907 AD). "Soo" Means hand, but it implies fist, punch, strike, or defense, etc. And "Do" means way of life, or art. Thus "Tang Soo Do" Means the Korean classical martial art which was influenced by the T'ang method of martial art.