What is Kuk Sool Won™?

Kuk Sool Won™ is a systematic study of all of the traditional fighting arts of Korea. As a martial arts system, Kuk Sool Won™ is exteremely 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. The following list includes some, but by no means all, of the elements of Kuk Sool Won™:

Striking

  • Closed and open hand striking
  • Basic kicking
  • Advanced kicking – jumping, spinning, double leg, combination
  • Pressure point striking

Wrestling and Grappling

  • Variety of throwing techniques
  • Wrestling
  • Ground fighting principles
  • Defence from a variety of situations
    • choking
    • grabbing
    • takedowns
    • striking

Joint Locking Techniques

  • Restraining methods
  • Small joint (wrists etc) locks
  • Control and Redirection techniques
  • Arresting and pain compliance techniques

Traditional Forms (Hyung)

  • Empty hand forms
  • Weapons forms
  • (Sometimes known as patterns or kata in other martial arts)

Falling and Acrobatics

  • Safe falling techniques
  • Agility and plyometric training
  • Basic acrobatics
    • rolls
    • cartwheels
    • basic tricking
  • Advanced acrobatics
    • flips
    • twists
    • combining tricks

Body Conditioning

  • Bodyweight training exercises
  • Cardiovascular training
  • Build overall fitness and endurance
  • Aid weight loss

Traditional Korean Weapons

  • Sword (variety of lengths and styles)
  • Staff (short & long, jointed staff)
  • Spear
  • Cane
  • Rope
  • Korean thumb-draw archery
  • Knife throwing

Recovery and Mindfulness

  • Meditation
  • Breathing exercises
  • Mobility training
  • Stretching and flexibility training

As you can see, Kuk Sool Won™ covers an extensive variety of martial art techniques. But it is not merely concerned with methods of attack and defence, Kuk Sool Won™ also includes healing and recovery techniques and mental development, in addition to physical training. These are all of equal importance in Kuk Sool Won™ and helps to instill self-confidence and self-discipline, a calm self-assurance, and the values which are traditionally associated with the character of a martial artist.