About Southampton Martial Arts
At Southampton Martial Arts, your child will learn the traditional aspects of discipline, humility, and self-respect that have been passed down for hundreds of years from the original Korean masters. Your son or daughter will be able to stand up for him or herself in a bad situation, and with the ever-present bullying problem in schools, children can never have too much help dealing with these problems.
Since 1993, Southampton Martial Arts has been creating well-rounded individuals and future leaders of our society. With its constantly-evolving teaching style rooted in ancient tradition, the values of knowledge and respect gained here rival those of other extracurricular activities.
We hope you pay us a visit and watch one of our fun classes, as well as talk to our instructors, students, and parents about any questions you may have.
The school is led by Sal Zangari, a 5th-degree black belt, who holds the title of Senior Master. Master Zangari has been training and teaching Tang Soo Do for over 20 years and has experience in various other traditional fighting styles, such as Krav Maga, Muay Thai, and Jiu Jitsu.
Before starting this school, Sal Zangari graduated Drexel University with dual majors in Accounting and Finance.
The school also has several talented assistant masters and instructors, who, as long-time students themselves, know the small nuances of teaching and are familiar with the necessary roles and responsibilities they must hold.
About the Style
The school specializes primarily in the ancient art of Tang Soo Do, which translates into “the way of the Chinese hand.” By borrowing from multiple existing styles of Korean, Chinese, and Japanese martial arts, Tang Soo Do offers a conglomerate of punching, kicking, and blocking techniques that create a powerful and well-balanced style suited for all types of practitioners. Lessons also incorporate key teachings from: Korean disciplines, Jeet Kune Do concepts, Krav Maga self protection, Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai kickboxing, and mixed martial arts.
Known in many places by its more common name “Taekwondo,” Tang Soo Do does not promote violence, but rather instills confidence in the trainee’s ability to handle any situation. The mental and physical well-being of the students is the most important goal of any Tang Soo Do school, a concept that goes back nearly 2,000 years to the art’s beginning.