Grand Master Khalid

Grand Master
Darryl Khalid

Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance

He began his martial arts training in Korea in 1970, while stationed at Osan Air Force Base. His instructor was Master Chun Sik Kim. Grandmaster Khalid has served as the Defense Tactical Coordinator for Glendale Community College Police Reserve Academy, which serves the west side of Maricopa County in the State of Arizona.

In 1987 he received the Master of the Year award from the World Tang Soo Do Association (WTSDA). In 1988 Master Khalid traveled with Grand Master Jae Chul Shin to China where they placed the first non-Chinese monument at the Shaolin Temple. In 1990 he became the chairperson of the self defense committee for the TSDA eveloping new techniques for instructor training. As an ambassador of the WTSDA he was also sent to Magdan, Russia on a diplomatic tour, where he introduced Tang Soo Do to local police and schools from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

In September of 1997 he formed his own organization, the Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance and currently serves as its president. He also operates Khalid's Martial Arts in Glendale, Arizona. In 2000 Grandmaster Khalid was inducted into the World Black Belt Hall or Fame.

The history of tang soo do

Excerpts from the Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance Student Manual ::

Why we study history ::

Everything we do, both as students of Tang Soo Do and in our private lives, is based on what has occurred previously. We can learn how to improve ourselves and our art by studying the past.

Over the centuries various dynasties struggling against invasion developed unarmed combat methods quickly. In the early days, Korea was divided into several kingdoms. The ones of most interest are as follows:

  • Koguryo (37 BC to 668 AD) ::
  • Silla (57 BC to 935 AD) ::
  • Korye (918 to 1392 AD) ::
  • Yi (1392 to 1910 AD) ::

Koguryo Dynasty ::

This dynasty, with help from China in the fourth century, was very powerful. It was during this period that Buddhism was introduced into the northern kingdom of Koguryo.

The Buddhist Monks were quick to adopt the Kwon Bop styles. Since the monks had to do a lot of traveling, they practiced Kwom Bop to protect themselves on the road. As in China, the art was practiced and grew on temple grounds, which were located in mountainous areas. In this type of isolation, the monks had time to train and refine many techniques. During the Koguryo Regime, Soo Bahk, Tae Kyun, and Kwon Bop were the most popular martial arts.

Silla Dynasty ::

It was during the reign of Chin Heung, 24th king of this dynasty, that a warrior corps was formed to protect the kingdom from their enemies. These young warriors called themselves Hwa Rang Dan, and trained themselves by practicing mental and physical discipline throughout the years in rugged mountains and seashores.

Theirtraining was unmerciful, so to guide them and give them purpose, they incorporated a five point code of conduct set forth by their country’s greatest monk, Won kwang.

  • I     Be loyal to one’s King (Master) ::
  • II   Obedience to parents and elders ::
  • III Honor Friendship ::
  • IV   Never retreat in battle ::
  • V     In killing, choose with sense and honor ::

Our students of Tang Soo Do use this code today, however since we are not at war and not divided into Kingdoms with kings and masters we use a modified form of this code:

  • 1) Loyalty to country ::
  • 2) Obedience to parents and teachers ::
  • 3) Honor friendship ::
  • 4) No retreat in battle ::
  • 5) In fighting, choose with sense and honor ::

The Hwa rang Dan became known for their courage and skill in battle, gaining respect from even their bitterest foes. They obtained their strength from their respect for the code, enabling them to attain feats of legendary valor. These warriors inspired the people of Silla to rise, unite, and eventually conquer the other kingdoms at that time. The Korean peninsula became united for the first time in its history. The original primitive art of self-defense called Soo Bahk Ki (Foot and Body fighting) was popular among the people and military. Soo Bahk was combined with the Hwa Rang Dan principles to become Soo Bahk Do and formed the traditional martial art of Korea. During the Silla Dynasty, Soo Bahk Do combined with different self- defense techniques and fused into a style known as Tae Dyun.

Koryo Dynasty ::

The Koryo Dynasty ushered in a golden era for Korea and its people. Ceramics, as well as other cultural aspects of Korean life, enhanced refinement. The soldiers of this dynasty were among the finest ever produced by this country.

According to an old authoritative history book entitled “Koryosa,” the king of Koryo held a match every May for unarmed posts with government. King Ui Jong, 16th king of the Koryo dynasty, admired the excellent proficiency of Yi Ui Moon in Soo Bahk and was promoted to general (Dae Jung). Also, Jang Jung Boo and Sa Kang Sung were recorded as excellent Soo Bahk Ki winners. Thus the art, having its inception in religious discipline, received royal patronage and became a permanent segment of national life.

Yi dynasty: ::

Yi Sung Kye, who was the founder of the Yi dynasty, defeated The Koryo Dynasty. It was a serious and rapid decline for Korean martial arts. Feudal lords suppressed all martial arts because of the danger of group of people continued to practice Soo Bahk and improve it.

The people used Soo Bahk Ki and Tack Kyun to describe their style. An important, fully illustrated martial arts record book was written in this period. The book is called Muye Dobo Tang Ji and contains illustrations that substantiate the theory that Soo Bahk Ki quickly developed into a sophisticated form of combat techniques art. (As mentioned earlier, martial arts were suppressed, which declined the strength of the country?) It was at this time that Toyotomi Hideyoshi invaded Korea. Seven long years of war ensued left the nation in desolation.

Japanese Occupation: ::

The Japanese were now in control of Korea and outlawed the practice of any martial arts. However thanks to many dedicated practitioners, Martial arts secretly survived by going underground and were successfully passed on to a handful of students.

Meanwhile many Koreans emigrated from Korea to other parts of the world including China and Japan. No restrictions on unarmed martial arts training existed in these countries. One of these individuals was a Korean named Hwang Kee, a master in Soo Bahk Ki. In 1945, Korea recovered its independence; and many people who had left started returning to their homelands brining with them other styles, such as Kwon Bop Hwa Soo do, Kong Soo Do, and Soo Bahk do. Master Hwang Kee enhanced his skills while in China from 1936 to 1945 by studying the Chinese Tang method. On his return to Korea, he introduced a style that he called Tang Soo Do, a combination of the best techniques from Soo Bahk Ki and the Tang method. This was the first time the word Tang Soo do was officially used.