Origin of "Tang Soo" Salute
Master C. Terrigno - 6th Dan
Editor, Tang Soo Do World
raised fist salute had its origin at the 1968
Olympics in Mexico City as a symbol of unity and
pride among African American athletes. There was
widespread interpretation at that time as to the
intended meaning but it is generally agreed that, in
essence, it was a statement of solidarity - one that
bound people together in a common cause.
During the late 60s and early 70s, with the influx
of American servicemen at the Osan Air Base in South
Korea, people from all walks of life from the U.S.
and Korea were now thrust together in a new melting
pot. This was especially evident among Tang Soo Do
students at the base dojang. Naturally, this coming
together of diverse individuals stimulated regular
displays of ethnic or national pride and the raised
fist was once again used for that purpose.
It was at one of those
times at the Tang Soo Do training hall that
Khalid, then a beginning student, recalls he
spontaneously raised his fist amid the other salutes that were taking
place and yelled out "Tang Soo." The year was 1970 and on that day, the
Tang Soo salute or "cheer" was born.
The effect was
immediate, long lasting and significant in that to this day, it is used
by students all over the world, regardless of nationality or
affiliation, as a passionate expression of what unites and galvanizes us
all as practitioners of our Art.
We thank and salute you
Kwan Jang Nim Khalid. Tang Soo!!