Which class should I come to for my first lesson?
Go to the Classes page our timetable, any KSW Mixed, Beginner or Fundamentals class is perfect for your first session.
What should I wear?
For your first class just wear loose trousers / leggings or shorts and a t-shirt, similar to what you would wear to the gym. If you decide to continue training you can purchase an official uniform from us, you will need this to participate in Kuk Sool events such as gradings, tournaments and seminars.
What is the cost?
Head over to the Pricing page for costs.
How do I get my next belt?
We have class gradings every three months where our students get the chance to show what they have learned and earn their next belt. Although most people choose to keep grading and progressing through the Kuk Sool Won™ ranks, this isn’t mandatory and you won’t be forced to grade in order to continue coming to classes. If you decide to grade you will need a WKSA Uniform with patches which you can purchase from us. On average it takes around 4 years to achieve a Black Belt in Kuk Sool Won™.
What do the letters before names mean?
In Kuk Sool Won™, when you reach certain ranks you are given a title. It is considered good respect and etiquette to refer to anyone with a title by their title, whether they are higher or lower ranked than yourself. We abbreviate the names of the titles when writing them so JKN means Jo Kyo Nim, which is 1st Dahn Black level. There is a full list of ranks and titles on our Terminology page.
Are there grading fees?
There is a fee for grading. Speak to the instructor, Andrew, for more information.
Do I need to buy any extra equipment or uniforms?
Kuk Sool Won™ does involve training with some weapons which you should purchase for yourself when you reach the relevant ranks (Brown Belts will need a staff for example). There are some optional weapons in Kuk Sool such as Jool Bong (also known as Nunchaku) which you can buy to practice in your own time.
We have very limited amounts of sparring gear for students to use in class when we spar. It is a good idea to buy your own so you will always have it available and make sure it fits you properly. You can purchase sparring gear through us, speak to PSBN Andrew or KSN Sarah to find out more.
How do I achieve my next rank?
You must have good, consistent class attendance and you must know the material of that rank to the Instructor’s satisfaction as well as owning an official WKSA Uniform.
Can I keep my rank from a different Martial Art?
Unfortunately no. The Kuk Sool Won™ syllabus is different from any other martial art and therefore a belt in other styles does not equate to any Kuk Sool Won™ belt.
I did Kuk Sool Won™ a long time ago, can I keep the rank I have?
Once you have earned a rank in Kuk Sool Won™, the rank is never withdrawn. Ideally bring your Kuk Sool Won ID Card along to class which shows your current rank and we will review with you all the material that is required for that rank. Once you have caught up to where you left off, you will once again continue to progress toward the next rank.
I practiced Kuk Sool Won™ at a different school and would like to come to your class.
Please get in touch with your old/current instructor if you have moved to Glasgow and would like to train with us. They will inform you of the process to transfer schools. If you cannot speak to your instructor please get in touch with us first before coming along to class.
If you are just visiting for a one-off class please speak to your instructor first to ensure they know and are happy with you visiting us.