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Welcome to Andersen Tang Soo Do Academy. We offer quality martial arts & karate instruction in the Salt Lake City and West Valley City area.  We teach the traditional Korean martial art of Tang Soo Do.  It is one of the most widely spread forms of Korean Karate and shares many similarities with Tae Kwon Do.  The main difference between Tang Soo Do and Tae Kwon Do is that Tae Kwon Do tends to be very competition oriented while Tang Soo Do is focused more on the traditional aspects of martial arts such as self-defense and character development.

We are located conveniently in West Valley just off of Bangerter Highway and the 201 Freeway.  Whether you are coming from West Valley, Downtown Salt Lake, or North Salt Lake you will be surprised how fast and easy you can get here!

If you are interested in finding a truly valuable activity for yourself or your children you have come to the right place. Martial Arts training will end up being one of the most valuable investment you make in you or your children's future. The self discipline and confidence you will obtain by training in martial arts will catapult you to higher levels of success throughout your whole life. If would like more information on what we have to offer please fill out the "Contact Information" form. Feel free to browse our site to learn more about us.  Click on one of the links below or you can visit our full site (mobile friendly) at

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We teach the traditional Korean martial art of Tang Soo Do, which was originally influenced by both Japanese Karate and Chinese Kung Fu. We have been sharing the benefits of martial arts & karate for over nine years. Our state of the art training center provides the perfect backdrop for developing the skill and determination needed to succeed in your karate training. Andersen Tang Soo Do Academy is staffed by professional, experienced instructors, who have dedicated their lives to sharing the power of martial arts with the community. All of our master instructors are internationally certified through the Pan Am Tang Soo Do Federation.  Regardless of your age or level of experience, we have a program that is tailored just for you.


Martial Arts Teaches Character Development

At Andersen Tang Soo Do Academy we not only teach technique, we build character through inner-strength, courage, vision, respect, and discipline. The spiritual side of martial arts is a primary focus in our karate programs.

Call to schedule an appointment for a free tour & introductory karate lesson! We are conveniently located near Salt Lake in the city of West Valley, just east of Bangerter Highway on 2724 S. 3600 W.  We offer a patient, supportive atmosphere. All ages welcome!

Andersen Tang Soo Do Academy is your leader in traditional Salt Lake Karate Instruction.

(801) 282-5846

Strength - Courage - Discipline - Vision - Respect

Andersen Tang Soo Do Academy
  2724 S. 3600 W.
Suite I, Lakecrest Business Center
West Valley, UT
(801) 282-5846

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"The person who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones" -Chinese Proverb

I like this quote as it pertains to many of the big things in life.  I see it in martial arts training all the time.  Students, especially children, come in and want to be a ninja in the first week.  Adults might come in and want to focus on weight loss.  As much as we would like them to, these things just don't happen overnight.  It takes time and commitment to achieve these worthy goals.  One of the best things about Tang Soo Do is that it also focuses on developing the discipline required to achieve great things and doesn't fall short by focusing on the end result with no focus on developing the means to accomplish it.  

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But no I wont just leave you with that.  We had a good life lesson during class today.  One of our high ranking students did something they should definitely know better than to do.  They left their training bag out on the floor after putting sparring gear on.  For doing this I made the student wear the duffel bag while sparring.  Of course that was after adding a weight inside of it (yes I am that kind of mean instructor). The student struggled to spar the others with this added weight.  The purpose of this exercise was not to punish but, to test.  I wanted to do two things.  As that student is preparing to test for black belt soon I wanted to see how they would react to the challenging and "unfair" condition.  It was also something that the whole class could learn and benefit from.  The student, although struggling with the situation both physically and emotionally sparred hard and did not back down from the challenging situation.  In some ways I think they tried harder with more determination than usual.  The student reacted positively and had a positive outcome.  They passed the "test".  Now for the whole class.  We discussed the situation in detail.
Was it fair?  Is that an excuse to give up?.....NO.  Is someone always going to be out there making sure everything in life is fair for you?......Come on adults you know the answer to this!  There was much more discussion than that but, basically whether its fair or not is of no consequence.  Try your hardest and never give up was the lesson to take out of that example.

11/19/2010  Just something I couldn't resist

If at first you don't succeed your not Chuck Norris.  Interestingly enough Chuck Norris was traditionally trained in Tang Soo Do in Korea at one of the same schools Grandmaster Chong Su Kim trained in.  Being that after coming back to the US he won 6 consecutive national championships this shows that Tang Soo Do is an effective form of self-defense.  Gradnmaster Kim was also an undefeated all Asain champion.


I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.
~ Bruce Lee

Many of my students are so amazed when they see me perform a jump spin hook kick or a tornado kick.  Very seldom do I use these techniques in fighting.  Why you may ask.  There are quite a few reasons.  First of all my front kick is much more perfected than either of these two.  I have practiced a front kick 1,000 times for every 1 time I have practiced these kicks.  Secondly when sparring I maintain a certain level of control that a front kick affords me.  After nearly two decades of training in Tang Soo Do I always find myself going back to my basics.  I good workout for me always includes front kick, round kick, side kick, & hook kick.  Practice the basics until they become reflex rather than reaction.

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.
~David Brinkley
This is a necessary trait to becoming successful.  On your path to success you will encounter many obstacles and some of them will be others telling you why everything you are doing is wrong.  Look at the people doing this and if they don't have what you want for yourself don't listen to them, or else that is what you will end up with.  A confident person will move forward with their life based o their own beliefs and create the future they envision.


Character, not circumstance, makes the person.
Booker T. Washington
Character in a true martial artist is just as, if not more important than physical skills and ability.  Martial Arts is a lifelong journey and will assist a person into developing and cultivating character.  One can spend a lifetime practicing the physical skills of martial arts.  In the end those skills will begin to diminish with age.  It is through all of this training that your character will be at its finest.  That is when you will truly be respected and be at your greatest capacity to have a positive influence on the community.  As the quote infers, character is defined from within.  The deeper the conviction the more likely it will prevail, even under stressful circumstances.

4/26/2009   Martial Arts Teaches Self Discipline

An important factor in the level of overall success one experiences in life is self-discipline.  What is self-discipline?  To keep it simple it is the level of mastery one has achieved over their own body, mind, and spirit.  It is the ability one has to push forward, even under difficult times, in order to achieve goals.  Goal setting and self-discipline can take you very far in life.
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