MEANING OF TKKA PATCH
The background colour of black represents the rank of Black Belt. For every student a Black Belt is an achievable goal. This rank represents years of commitment, hard work and loyalty to the art of Tang Soo Do, fellow students and teachers.
The calligraphy at the bottom is TANG SOO DO. TANG refers to the Chinese Tang Dynasty approx, 2000 years ago. This is the time when Korea and China had its closest cultural ties. SOO represents hand or fist. DO means way of life. The calligraphy is in gold, as this colour represented the old Korean royalty.
Bamboo is strong and flexible. As martial artists, physically, we aim to be the same. Mentally, we also need to be strong in character and morals. We also strive to be flexible in attitudes and thoughts.
The green circle represents nature and the life cycle. In TANG SOO DO we aim "to be one with nature". The cycle of life and seasons is also incorporated in the choice of colours in our belt ranking system.
The simple structure represents a training hall (dojang). To call yourself a student of the martial arts, you must train and you must be taught. The dojang, whether elaborate or simple, is where we train. To learn lessons, both in our art and in life.
The roof is made up of a triangle. The 3 parts represent the purposes of TANG SOO DO training:
1. Better person
2. Better health and
The 3 connecting lines represent the continuing union between body, mind and spirit.
The colours of red and blue honour the main colours used in both the Korean and Australian flags.