Questions and Answers

The following questions and answers are part of the knowledge requirement for promotion through the belt system. These questions and answers are also emphasized as a way of life for the true martial artist. Our program encourages each student to live by the knowledge learned in the list of questions and answers at all times, not just in the Do Jang.

The list is broken down into specific categories for promotion requirements. Understand that, once a student has mastered the first set of questions, he/she must maintain that knowledge as new sets of questions are learned, so that knowledge is cumulative.


WB1.   What is the Name of your karate school? MTA Karate Academy
WB2.   What does MTA mean? Martial Arts Training Alliance
WB3. Who is the founder of the MTA Karate Academy? Master Shaw, 7th Degree Black Belt, Tang Soo Do
WB4.   Who is the Chief Instructor for the MTA Karate Academy? Master Garris, 5th Degree Black Belt, Tang Soo Do
WB5.   Who Taught Master Tang Soo Do and where did he train? Master Lee Han Lin, 7th Degree Black Belt, at Kunsan Air Base, Korea, 1977
WB6.   Who is the Grand Master of Tang Soo Do? Grand Master Hwang Kee
WB7.   Where did Tang Soo Do originate? China by way of Korea
WB8.   What is the Korean term for Master Teacher? Sa Bom Nim
WB9.   What is the Korean term for training hall? Do Jang
WB10. What is the Korean term for uniform? Do Bok
WB11. What is the symbol for quality and excellence in karate? Black Belt
WB12. Karate begins and ends with? Courtesy
WB13. What is Courtesy? Treating people in a polite manner
WB14. What is Honesty? To be truthful and not deceiving
WB15. What is self-control? The containment of your own actions and behavior
WB16. What does DPP stand for? Discipline, Patience and Perseverance


OB17. What are the four points of discipline?”
-Do what you are expected to do
            -Do it in a timely manner
            -Conduct yourself in the proper manner
            -Be in control at all times
OB18. What is Patience? The ability to wait without frustration
OB19. What is Determination? The will to continue trying until you succeed, regardless of difficulty.
OB20. What is Enthusiasm? A strong feeling of excitement
OB21. What is Motivation? A strong desire to take action
OB22. What does Perseverance mean? Never quit
OB23. What is Respect? A feeling of high regard for something or someone special
OB24. What is Restraint? The ability to hold back
OB25. Why do we practice karate? To strengthen our mind, body and spirit through discipline, hard work, and continued challenge
OB26. Why do parents want kids to learn karate? To develop good character, conduct and behavior, self-discipline and self-control, respect and honor, and academic achievement


GB27. What are the three main elements of self-control?
-Mind (Awareness, justice, education, self-confidence)
            -Body (Acts of violence, conduct, addiction, physical fitness)
            -Spirit (Emotions, perseverance, patience, faith, courage)
GB28. What is discipline? Mental and physical training to achieve self-control and good conduct and behavior
GB29. What is Humility? To be modest, never boastful; lowering yourself to show respect
GB30. What is Honor? Special action taken to show respect
GB31. What is Dedication? A feeling of love and reverence for a cause
GB32. What is Commitment? An action taken to show your support for a cause
GB33. What is Loyalty? A feeling of obligation to serve a cause
GB34. What is Fear? Anticipation of pain caused by the appearance of danger or the unknown
GB35. What is Ambition? The desire for fame, honor, or success
GB36. What is Courage? Standing up firmly to fear without hesitation
GB37. What is Sacrifice? Giving up something for something more important
GB38. What is Compassion? A feeling of sorrow for others who are suffering
GB39. What is Initiative? Doing what needs to be done without being told
GB40. What is Egoism? A “Me First”, selfish attitude
GB41. What is Egotism? Excessive talking about yourself and how good you think you are.