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                             The Meaning and Philosophy of the Name & Logo for                                      
                            STEEL DRAGONS MARTIAL ARTS                                      


Determining the name and logo for a martial arts school requires some thought and planning. Some schools are named after their founders while others are named after the town or region they occupy. Indirectly, we did both.


Why did we choose the name "Steel Dragons" for our martial arts school?


Using the word "steel", it is reminiscent of our area's industrial heritage and it serves as a philosophical, metaphoric symbol of a Tang Soo Do student. Steel is the fundamental element used in most structures, tools and traditional martial arts weapons; swords, daggers, etc. Only when the steel has been properly prepared, the tool serves a purpose. After periods of use, the steel needs to be sharpened, polished and maintained to retain an edge.

The Tang Soo Do student spends a great deal of time and effort developing skills, broadening their minds and strengthening their bodies. Through routine training and constant practice, those skills are kept and the student improves.

When viewing the logo, one will notice that it is made up of many components, which all have a meaning. You will see that it is comprised of two dragons, a circle, river, mountain, some Hangul writing, and an Um-Yang. Each of these objects have been carefully selected for the philosophy they represent.

 

The Circle, the Mountain, and the River - The Mountain sits at the top of the circle and it is symbolic of our instructor, Master Homschek at River Valley Tang Soo Do Academy. The Mountain and the River both appear on River Valley's logo. The Circle, which has no beginning or end, serves as a reminder that learning is a never-ending process. The Circle also represents a compass where the mountain, sitting on top, serves as the compass' needle. The function of a compass is to direct and keep us on course in the same manner in which Master Homschek has done for us. The River flows down from the Mountain, splits and meets up again at the bottom metaphoric of the knowledge that River Valley has passed on to us and we, the studio founders, both chose different courses to ultimately arrive at the same goal. Within the River, our Seven Tenents of Tang Soo Do are written in Hangul, traditional Korean writing. At the bottom of the circle, the River flows and forms the first Dragon, the knowledge passed from instructor to student.

 

The Um-Yang - The red and blue half circle represents the universal concept of opposing but complimentary forces. It is also the center of the Korean flag which is where Tang Soo Do originated. The Dragons, one male and one female, have been added to the Um-Yang to show that each are similar, yet they both are different with complimentary characteristics.

 

The Dragons - For centuries, the Oriental Dragon has been a mythical and legendary creature. The "Metal" Dragon is the most strong-willed Chinese Dragon. He is inflexible, unbending and combative. He succeeds because he refuses to accept failure. He burns his bridges after crossing because there is "No Retreat In Battle".  The Dragons in the logo, black representing male and white is female, are symbols of the school's founders and the ideals and qualities they wish to pass on to their students. They look similar but are positioned slightly different to show that they each had their own unique bends in the road that they traveled to reach their goals.


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