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 Won 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 Won is not a sport, nor is it simply another oriental self defense method. Kuk Sool Won 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 Won is the development and use of the 'Ki' (internal power). Therefore Kuk Sool Won is considered an internal martial art system. However, to classify Kuk Sool Won under any one name is incorrect due to its vastness.
For self defense, Kuk Sool Won 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 acupuncture techniques are employed to improve and maintain health, develop internal power and retard the ageing process.
Philosophically, Kuk Sool Won stresses humility, self discipline, loyalty and respect for others. Together, these four aspects of Kuk Sool Won provide the means for attaining a longer and healthier life.
Although its origins may be traced back to antiquity, the present Kuk Sool Won 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 Won. 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 Won stretch back over 4000 years of Korean history. Primarily, Kuk Sool Won can be broken down into its three root branches: Korean Royal Court, Korean Buddhist Monks, and Korean Tribal/Family Martial Arts.
Kuk Sool Won can benefit women, men and children of any age. Through regular practice, Kuk Sool Won training will develop strength, quickness, balance, timing, flexibility 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 Won 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 (Blocking / Pressure Pointing)
II. Leg Techniques (Various kicking methods)
III. Throwing and Grappling (Various throwing and wrestling techniques)
IV. Joint-Locking Techniques (Restraining, controlling, locking and breaking techniques)
V. Falling Techniques and Acrobatics (Conditioning and agility along with acrobatics)
VI. Animal-Style Techniques
VII. Traditional Korean Weapons (there are 24 different traditional Korean Royal Court weapons in the curriculum)
VIII. Meditation and Breathing
More importantly, Kuk Sool Won 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 Won 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 Won considers such a response inappropriate. In Kuk Sool Won 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 Won? The primary theory behind Kuk Sool Won is that of You Won Hwa. Literally this means "Soft, Circle, Harmony."