Although Kuk Sool Won™ as it is practiced today is relatively new, its roots stretch far and deep to the very beginnings of the Korean people. This early history and the ancient traditions upon which this art is founded should be viewed as important as the physical techniques themselves, for it is only from the understanding and appreciation of these classical roots that one is able to grow as a student of the martial arts.
Kuk Sool Won™ is a systematic study of all of the traditional fighting arts, which together comprise the martial arts history of Korea. As a martial arts system, Kuk Sool Won™ is extremely well-organized; and seeks to integrate and explore the entire spectrum of established Asian fighting arts and body conditioning techniques, as well as mental development and traditional weapons training.
Kuk Sa Nim – In Hyuk Suh, Founder of Kuk Sool Won™
Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh is the founder, and President of the World Kuk Sool Association®. He has studied martial arts for more than 50 years, receiving his first instruction from his grandfather, Myung Deuk Suh, a master-instructor to the Korean Royal Court. After his grandfather’s death, he traveled throughout the Far East seeking out and studying additional aspects of the martial arts. Visit the World Kuk Sool Headquarters website for more.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Any sport or form of exercise comes with a risk of injury. However, there are a few things that make our program very safe. It’s because of these few things that we barely see any injuries with our program.
- Stretching: At the beginning of every class we go through a series of stretches. These stretches get your muscles and joints ready and warmed up for exercise.
- Supervision: Every class is supervised by trained, licensed professionals. We watch carefully to make sure no student is doing anything in a dangerous or unsafe way.
In short, we place a tremendous amount of focus on fun and safety. It’s because of this that we feel confident telling you that while there is risk for injury with our program – it’s a very small risk.
People come to us of all fitness levels. We get natural-born athletes, and we get people who have a harder time with athletic endeavors. However, everyone gets the same focus and attention.
If you’re not in great shape, don’t worry. Go at your own pace, and we’ll do everything we can to help you learn each and every technique. Soon enough, your physical fitness will improve, and you’ll be in better shape than ever!
We have classes for kids as young as 3, and as old as teenagers. Martial arts is the kind of thing that grows with you. So as kids get older, they learn new techniques, perfect old ones, and advance. When they’re younger, it’s more about fun and games, with learning thrown in too.
Yes! We have a good mix of both girls and boys in our kids martial arts classes! Some people think that the boys are much “stronger and tougher,” but in reality this is not true. In fact, often girls are the stronger ones!
- Closed and open hand striking methods
- Pressure point striking
- Striking with arm and shoulder
- Blocking and parrying
FALLING TECHNIQUES & ACROBATICS
- Body conditioning and agility techniques
- Body protection techniques
- Acrobatics for defense and offense
- Praying Mantis
- Eagle, etc.
- Overall stretching and flexibility training
- Cardiovascular conditioning
- Muscle toning
- Ligament and tendon strengthening
- Joint flexibility and bone conditioning
JOINT-LOCKING & THROWING
- Restraining methods
- Joint breaking techniques
- Control and redirection
- Arresting and pain-compliance
- Body throws
- Projection throws
- Pressure point grappling
- Grappling defense
- Fundamental kicks.
- Spinning kicks.
- Jumping kicks.
- Combination kicks.
- Double leg kicks.
- Pressure point kicking.
- Specialty kicking
TRADITIONAL KOREAN WEAPONS
- Sword: single or double
- Staff: single or double
- Jointed Staff (flail)
- Spear / Cane
- Bow & Arrow
MARTIAL ART HEALING & MEDITATION
- Internal energy systems
- Herbal medicine
- Various breath control techniques
- Meditation and breathing postures
- Concentration techniques