Books from the World Tang Soo Do Association:

Our own Association  (WTSDA) has published a number of books that are important resources for Tang Soo Do students. The Gup and Dan manuals are required reading, as is the new official Rule Book for Competition.


Grandmaster Shin wrote a series of six volumes that are an encyclopedia of Tang Soo Do. All are available through your instructor, or from WTSDA website.

Vol. I: The Essence. Includes philosophy, meditation, basic hand and foot techniques, Stances, terminology.

Vol.II: The Basics. Terminology, Basic and advanced hand and kick techniques. This book includes all the Hyungs (forms) required from beginner to Black Belt. Sae Ki Hyung 1-3, Pyung On Hyungs 1-5, Bassai, Nihanchi Cho Dan, and Ship Soo are presented. Each form has the history, background information, founder, moves/counts, photos, stance diagrams, Korean names and English descriptions for each movement.

Vol. III: The Dae Ryun. All 30 hand and kick 1-steps. 30 Self-defense techniques. 1, 2, and 3 step sparring, free sparring, and fighting theory. More terminology.

Vol. IV: The Advanced Hyungs. WTSDA forms from first degree black belt to Master rank. This book also includes the three staff (bong) forms, and the knife (Dan Gum) form. More terminology and history.

Vol. V: Instructor’s Manual. The goals of TSD teaching, how to teach, psychology, learning theory, practical information about how to run classes for all ages, first aid, studio information.

Vol. VI: The Master’s Training Text. Six Master level empty hand forms, three Sword forms, the Cane form, Ki Gong and Ki Gong forms, history and philosophy. This volume was completed and published just prior to Grandmaster Shin’s death.


The Tang Soo Do Journals are topical essays, often master’s theses, published by the WTSDA.

Tang Soo Do Journal 1: Perspectives of Ki Kong. A compilation of information about Ki Gong, written By Master Carla Benett. Includes history, theory, and classical training exercises.

Tang Soo Do Journal 2. Study Guide Questions. Written by our own Dr. Susan Strom, Ph.D., this is the study guide for the Gup and Dan manuals (plus Vols. I-V above).

Tang Soo Do Journal 3: Perspectives on The Tao of Tang Soo Do. Written by Grandmaster William Strong, Ph.D., who explores the interrelationships between Tang Soo Do and the laws of nature. It is beautifully written and illustrated.

Tang Soo Do Journal 4: The Legacy. Master Chuck Vaughn wrote and compiled a historical overview of the history and development of Tang Soo Do. This Journal includes some ancient history, but really focuses on Grandmaster Shin’s life and the development of The World Tang Soo Do Association. He also presents brief biographies of 14 senior masters that were the core of the WTSDA.

Tang Soo Do Journal 5: Acupressure and Dim Mak. Compiled by Master Nate Gordon. A wide variety of information is presented on important points on the meridians, and other significant pressure points. These points are examined for use in both healing and destructive purposes.

At the very least, every student should own (and study) their Gup Manual, Dan Manual (from red belt on), Vols. II and III, and Journal 2. Senior Gup and Dan members should have Vol. IV. All students from CDB and up should study the current competition rulebook.