About Latvia Tang Soo Do martial arts school
Tang Soo Do country of origin is ancient Korea and references to this martial art can be found even 2000 years ago. The foundation of modern Tang Soo Do (Moo Duk Kwan) was laid in 1945 by Grand Master (Kwan Jang Nim) Hwang Kee (November 9, 1914 - July 14, 2002). A little later, in 1947, at age of 12 Grand Master Kang Uk Lee (Now 10th Dan - Dan Bon #70) began training with Grand Master Hwang Kee. In Autumn of 1972 a student of Grand Master Kang Uk Lee, Ivan C H Tnay from Malaysia, arrived in Great Britain to study accounting and with permission of Grand Master Lee he opened first Tang Soo Do club in Great Britain. In 1974 several British martial art clubs united and United Kingdom Tang Soo (Soo Bahk) Do Federation (UKTSDF) was founded and Grand Master Lee was appointed the Chief Instructor/Technical Advisor and Mr. Ivan C H Tnay, the founder Secretary General. In 1976 Grand Master Lee was elected as President, the position he still holds today. The UKTSDF expanded to all parts of the United Kingdom.
In September 2008 I, Rolands Snikeris (2nd Dan - Dan Bon #59129 - Founder of Latvia Tang Soo Do), began my training in UKTSDF first region lead by Master Peter V M Chin (9th Dan Secretary General of UKTSDF). Five years later, in November 2013, I successfully completed the 1st Dan grading and soon after grading I was returning to Latvia and with permission of Grand Master Lee and Master Peter Chin I wanted to open a Tang Soo Do school in Latvia. So Latvia Tang Soo Do is a direct successor of traditional Korean martial art that was taught by Grand Master Hwang Kee.
In the world there are many styles and teachers of Tang Soo Do. Some of them have changed and moved away from the traditional martial art. But Grand Master Kang Uk Lee is a man who has not changed the initial style of martial art and the way he and hes students are teaching it, is traditional and original. To continue the traditions and spreading the knowledge Latvia Tang Soo Do is honored to do it in the same principle and manner that was used by Grand Master Lee and in close guidance with Master Peter Chin.