About Kuk Sool Won
Kuk Sool Won TM is a systematic study of all of the traditional fighting arts, which together comprise martial arts history of the Korean nation. As such Kuk Sool Won is an extremely well-organized system of martial arts which seeks to integrate and explore all aspects of the traditional Korean martial arts.
Kuk Sool is a comprehensive Martial Arts system that is derived from the rich and varied Martial Arts techniques and traditions that have arisen in Korea through the ages. Kuk Sool is not a sport, nor is it simply another oriental self defense method. Kuk Sool is a complete martial art that is dedicated to the cultivation of mental strength and well being and to preservation of traditional Korean Martial Arts.
The basis of Kuk Sool is the development and use of the 'Ki' (internal power). Therefore Kuk Sool is considered an internal martial art system. However, to classify Kuk Sool under any one name is incorrect due to its vastness.
For self defense, Kuk Sool is unsurpassed. It combines kicking, punching, throwing, falling, choking, joint locking and a myriad of weapons techniques into a beautiful and dynamic 'hard-soft' style, emphasizing speed and fluidity. In conjunction with physical training, meditation, breathing, acupressure and acupunction techniques are employed to improve and maintain health, develop internal power and retard the ageing process.
Philosophically, Kuk Sool stresses humility, self discipline, loyalty and respect for others. Together, these four ascpects of Kuk Sool provide the means for attaining a longer and healthier life.
Although its origins may be traced back to antiquity, the present Kuk Sool system was formally devised only recently. Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh spent more than forty years of single minded practice and research in order to learn, compile, master, and organize the more than 3600 techniques that comprise Kuk Sool. He founded Kuk Sool Won in 1961 and brought it to the United States in 1974. The World Kuk Sool Association, headquarters in Houston, TX, has since grown to include more than 900 member schools in Asia, Europe, and the Americas and continues to increase in strength daily.
Kuk Sool Won is the systematic study of traditional Korean Martial Arts. The techniques which make up Kuk Sool stretch back over 4000 years of Korean history. Primarily, Kuk Sool can be broken down into its three root branches:
-Koong-Joong Mu Sool, the Martial Arts of the Korean Royal Court
-Bool-Kyo Mu Sool, the Martial Arts of the Korean Buddhist monks
-Sah Do Mu Sool, the Korean tribal or clan Martial Arts
Kuk Sool can benefit women, men and children of any age. Through regular practice, Kuk Sool training will develop strength, quickness, balance, timing, fexibility and coordination. At the same time, powers of concentration, self discipline, and self control will significantly improve. Consistent practice will enhance circulation and digestion, reduce back and joint problems, aid in weight loss and help to develop and maintain a youthful appearance. Kuk Sool self defense offers the benefit that could prove life saving at some unexpected moment in the future!
As a Martial Arts system, Kuk Sool Won covers the entire spectrum of the traditional Asian fighting arts and techniques of body conditioning, as well as mental development and traditional weapons training. These include ( but are not limited to):
I. Hand Striking
1. Closed and open hand striking methods: including palm, wrist, finger striking techniques and specialized hand training techniques.
2. Pressure point striking
3. Striking using arm and shoulder.
4. Blocking and parrying.
II. Leg Techniques
1. Foundational kicks
2. Spinning kicks
3. Jumping kicks
4. Combination kicks
5. Double leg kicks
6. Pressure point kicking
7. Specialty kicking
III. Throwing and Grappling
1. Body throws
2. Projection throws
3. Leg throws
4. Pressure point grappling
5. Grappling defense.
6. Wrestling techniques
7. Ground fighting
IV. Joint-Locking Techniques
1. Restraining methods
2. Joint breaking techniques
3.Combination joint locking
4.Control and redirection techniques
5. Arresting and "come along" techniques
V. Falling Techniques and Acrobatics
1. Body conditioning and agility techniques
2. Body protection techniques
3. Acrobatics for defense and offense.
VI. Animal-Style Techniques
Techniques based on movements and/or characteristics of certain "martial" animals such as Tiger, Praying Mantis, Crane, Dragon, Bear, etc.
VII. Traditional Korean Weapons
1. Bong, Long and middle length staff
2. Straight sword
3. Inverted sword
4. double sword
5. double short sword
6. Jool bong (nunchaku)
7. Short stick
8. Double short stick
12. Folding fan, etc. (there are 24 different traditional Korean Royal Court weapons in the curriculum)
VIII. Meditation and Breathing
Kuk Sool training is not only external but internal as well.
More importantly, Kuk Sool has a wide range of responses to an attack. They go from avoiding, to the merely controlling, to the painful, to the injuring, to the deadly. An important part of the philosophy behind Kuk Sool is that one meets an attack with an equal response. If someone grabs your shirt, the only response some people know is to break their knees with a kick. Kuk Sool considers such a response inappropriate. In Kuk Sool one learns that small threats can be met with small responses which will probably avert further trouble without causing more problems than they solve. What is the Philosophy behind the fighting style of Kuk Sool? The primary theory behind Kuk Sool is that of You Won Hwa. Literally this means "Soft, Circle, Harmony