Kuk Sool Won is a comprehensive Korean martial arts system founded by In Hyuk Suh in 1958. The name Kuk Sool Won translates to "National Martial Art" and it is currently taught worldwide with hundreds of registered schools.

Founded as martial arts system and not a martial arts style, Kuk Sool Won is generally not limited to any single discipline. The martial art system attempts to be a complete study of all Korean martial arts.

As a traditional martial art, Kuk Sool Won traces many of its roots back to the ancient and prehistoric martial arts used thousands of years ago. The study of Kuk Sool Won also includes many modern day techniques such as gun defense and weapon improvisation. Kuk Sool Won has many facets and is performed for self-defense, healing, conditioning, competition, fun and aesthetic purposes.

Kuk Sool Won is a systematic study of all of the traditional fighting arts, which together comprise the martial arts history of Korea.
As such, Kuk Sool Won is extremely well organized and seeks to integrate and explore all aspects of the traditional Korean martial arts.

As a martial arts system, Kuk Sool Won covers 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.

Kuk Sool Won, which can be translated as Korean National Martial Arts Association, is a systematic study of all the traditional fighting arts. Kuk Sool Won encompasses many different "styles." However it still has some discernible characteristics that set it apart from other traditional martial arts.

Kuk Sool Won is typically characterized by having low stances and fluid, graceful motions. There is also an emphasis on joint locks and pressure points.

Kuk Sool Won is also described as being a hard-soft style, which includes hard and forceful strikes in addition to circular and fluid movements. While Kuk Sool Won may contain certain elements specific to other styles of martial arts, it goes far beyond the range of other martial art styles, for example, Tae Kwon Do is mostly kicking. Judo is mostly throwing, Aikido is mostly joint locking, etc. Kuk Sool incorporates all of these and emphasizes each. Kuk Sool covers every aspect of the martial arts spectrum in order to give the practitioner and student an understanding of the broader range of martial arts technique and theory.

Kuk Sool Won is a traditional Korean martial arts system, which was founded in 1958 by Grandmaster Suh, In Hyuk. Grandmaster Suh studied various Korean martial arts systems from a very young age before deciding to blend the many techniques and methods he had learned into a complete and comprehensive system that reflected the history and philosophy of Korean martial arts. Kuk Sool Won is recognized by the Korean government as one of the Official Governing Bodies of Martial Arts in Korea.

In Hyuk Suh is the founder, Grandmaster and President of the World Kuk Sool Association. Kuk Sa Nim is the the title used to refer to our Grandmaster. He’s not one of those Grandmasters who you never see. All students of Kuk Sool Won have the chance to meet Kuk Sa Nim as he travels to the schools around the world. He is a great teacher and a great man to know.

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 acupuncture techniques are employed to improve health, to develop internal power, and to retard the aging process.

Philosophically, Kuk Sool stresses humility, self-discipline, self-control, loyalty and respect for others. Together, these aspects of Kuk Sool provide the means for attaining a long and healthy life.

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 physical/mental strength and well-being, and to the preservation of traditional Korean martial arts.

Although its origin may be traced back to antiquity, the present Kuk Sool system was formally devised only recently by Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh, who has spent more than 50 years in single-minded practice and research in order to learn, compile, master, and organize more than 3,600 techniques that comprise Kuk Sool. He founded Kuk Sool Won (traditional Korean Martial Arts Association) in 1961, and brought it to the United States in 1974 to establish the World Kuk Sool Association, which was headquartered in San Francisco for 17 years and relocated to Houston, Texas in 1991. As of 1998, the Association has grown to include more than 400 member schools world-wide.

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