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Kuk Sool Won
Hangul 국술원
Hanja 國術院
Revised Romanization Guk Sul Weon
McCune-Reischauer Kuk Sul Wǒn

Kuk Sool Won is a Korean martial arts system founded by In Hyuk Suh in 1958.[1] The name Kuk Sool Won translates to "National Martial Art" and it is currently taught worldwide.[1] 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. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Jamo redirects here. ... Korean writing systems Hangul Hanja Hyangchal Gugyeol Idu Mixed script Korean romanization Revised Romanization of Korean McCune-Reischauer Yale Romanization Hanja is the Korean name for Chinese characters. ... The Revised Romanization of Korean is the official Korean language romanization system in South Korea. ... McCune-Reischauer romanization is one of the two most widely used Korean language romanization systems, along with the Revised Romanization of Korean, which replaced (a modified) McCune-Reischauer as the official romanization system in South Korea in 2000. ... Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ...

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.[1] 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 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.

Technical Aspects

Kuk Sool won includes (but is not limited to) the following sets of techniques:

  • Joint locking/breaking: Various joint locks are employed in Kuk Sool Won, including wrist locks, arm-bars, and small joint manipulation.
  • Soo Ki (Hand Striking): Palm, fist, wrist, finger, closed hand, open hand, arm, shoulder and pressure-point striking techniques.
  • Johk Sool (Kicking Techniques): Spinning, jumping, combination, double-leg, and pressure-point kicks.
  • Throwing and Grappling: Body throws, projection throws, leg throws, pressure-point grappling, grappling defense, wrestling, and ground-fighting techniques.
  • Nak Bup (Falling Principles): Falling techniques are taught in Kuk Sool Won. These techniques allow a practitioner to fall into a variety of positions while minimizing injury. This is typically accomplished through maximizing the surface area on impact to prevent damaging force on an isolated area of the body.
  • Animal-Style Techniques: Tiger, Mantis, Crane, Dragon, Snake, Bear, Eagle etc.
  • Traditional Korean Weapons: Sword (short, long, single and double, straight and inverted), staff (short, middle and long, single and double), jool bong (double and triple sectioned; also known as nunchucks and sansetsukon), knife, spear, wol do (Moon knife - a Korean halberd), dang pa (triple bladed spear, or trident), cane, rope, fan, and the bow and arrow (taught in the traditional style, using a thumb draw).
  • Martial Art Healing Methods: Acupressure, acupuncture, internal energy, herbal medicine.
  • Meditation and Breathing Techniques: Meditation and breathing postures and concentration techniques.

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At each rank level, Kuk Sool Won martial artists are required to know one or more empty-hand forms or "hyung". These forms are performed solo. Each form has an overall guiding significance to it, which may range from balance and linear motion to preparation and practice for a knife form. Once a student has attained a black-belt level, they are introduced to solo weapons forms. These are similar to empty-hand forms, except they incorporate a weapon. A hyung, poomsae or tul (casually referred to as forms) is a martial arts form that is typically used in a Korean martial art. ...

Also at black-belt rank or above, a student may learn partner weapon forms, or sparring forms. These are performed with two people in a scripted series of events. Caution is taken at first to learn the form and not to injure your partner, but true mastery is demonstrated (amongst other things) by full speed and full contact.

There are Kuk Sool Won forms which have never been shown in public.[citation needed]

In addition, all forms have five guiding principles:

  • Hands Fast & Precise
  • Feet Slow & Deliberate
  • Eyes Sunshine Bright
  • Body Low, Soft & Supple
  • Mind Clear & Calm


Kuk Sool Won systematically divides applied principles of martial arts into techniques which are organized into technique sets. Each Kuk Sool Won belt level has one or more sets a practitioner is required to know before advancing. Sets range from six techniques to 23+ techniques, and are ordered and grouped by principle. For instance, there is a throwing technique set, as well as a counter-to-throwing technique set.

Technique sets also range in level of mastery, with some higher-ranking technique sets similar to lower-ranking technique sets, but with a more difficult and/or precise method of application. Individual techniques are performed with one or more partners from a predetermined stance. Most techniques end with a proper application of a joint lock, choke, strike, throw or a combination of any of these. In order to be effective, Kuk Sool Won techniques must be performed with speed, accuracy and control.


Kuk Sool Won uniforms or "dobok" are standardized, and consists of black medium weight martial arts pants and martial arts training top. The uniform material is stronger than a standard Tae Kwon Do uniform, but lighter than a Judo uniform, as it must allow the user to perform the complete spectrum of martial arts techniques. The dobok is the traditional white uniform worn by taekwondo athletes. ...

Following in Korean tradition, Kuk Sool Won uniforms are black and not white due to the fact that white is a color associated with death in Korea.

There are three types of Kuk Sool Won uniforms.

Practice uniform This is the most used and plain uniform of Kuk Sool Won practitioners. It contains just the basic dobok, but also has several patches which may very slightly from practitioner to practitioner. In general, a vertical Kuk Sool Won patch written in Korean is worn over the right breast, while a South Korean national flag patch is worn over the left breast. The back of the uniform often has Kuk Sool Won written in either English or Korean, with a Kuk Sool Won logo patch in the middle of the back. These patches are also present on every type of Kuk Wool Won uniform.

An American flag patch may also be worn on the shoulder. However, no patches may be worn to identify a particular school of Kuk Sool Won. This is to help promote Kuk Sool Won as a unified association and to encourage a friendly, family like atmosphere between schools.

Black Belt uniform This uniform is a practice uniform with a yellow frill attached to a longer top skirt. It may only be worn by 1st degree holders and above. However The Uniform Will Not Have yellow frill if worn by an instructor or assistant instructor.

Generals uniform This uniform is for competition and some demonstration only and is modeled after the armor and uniforms worn by ancient Korean generals. Like the Black Belt uniform, it contains a longer skirt on the top which is cut into sections. The sleeve wrists are held tight against the wearer's wrists and a white collar is worn underneath with a small Korean flag in the center.

There is no belt with the generals uniform, and rank is denominated by a decorative outline on the uniform.

General Uniform Outline Denominations

  • 1st degree - Silver
  • 2nd degree - Silver
  • 3rd degree - Silver
  • 4th degree - Silver/Red
  • 5th degree - Red
  • 6th degree - Red
  • 7th degree - Red/Gold
  • 8th degree - Red/Gold
  • 9th degree - Gold
  • 10th degree - Gold
  • Grandmaster - All Gold Dobok

Belt Ranks

Kuk Sool Won uniforms also include a belt which indicates rank and length of study of Kuk Sool Won. The belt color progression from beginner to instructor is:

  • White - Huin Tti
  • Yellow - No-Ran Tti
  • Blue - Cheong Tti
  • Red - Hong Tti
  • Brown - Ja Tti
  • Brown/black - Dahn Boh Nim (Black Belt Candidate)
  • Black (1st degree) - Jo Kyo Nim (Instructor in Training)

Individual schools may also issue stripes of the next belt level, notably at the brown belt level. These stripes indicate proficiency in some of the requirements needed to attain the next rank. Between brown and black belt is an intermediary stage where the student is required to gain at least 10 black stripes before advancing to Jo Kyo Nim. Each student must have been studying for at least 3 years before advancing to Jo Kyo Nim. However many Kuk Sool Won practitioners study for 4 or more years before being promoted to 1st degree.[citation needed]

Each 1st degree and higher rank is certified by In Hyuk Suh, who attempts to preside over each black belt promotion ceremony in person.

At black belt there are 10 levels:

  • 1st degree - Jo Kyo Nim (Instructor in Training)
  • 2nd degree - Kyo Sa Nim (Assistant Instructor)
  • 3rd degree - Puh Sa Bum Nim (Deputy Instructor). Puh Sa Bum Nim and higher may wear a wider than normal black belt.
  • 4th degree - Sa Bum Nim (Instructor)
  • 5th to 8th degree - Kwang Jang Nim (Master)
  • 9th degree - Chong Kwang Jang Nim (Chiefmaster)
  • 10th degree - Kuk Sa Nim (Grandmaster or National Teacher)

Non black belt students are often referred to as "colored belts", or by their belt color. Although Kuk Sool Won uses a Kyu/Dan Rank system, colored belts are never called by their Kyu (or Kup in Korean) rank i.e. "2nd kup". Kyu (ç´š) is a Japanese term used in martial arts, chado, ikebana, go and in other similar activities to designate various degrees or levels of proficiency or experience. ...


The Kuk Sool Won Association officially hosts many yearly tournaments every year in the United States, Korea, and the UK.Kuk Sool Won News And Events These tournaments test various aspects of Kuk Sool Won and may include a demonstration or belt promotion ceremony as well. In the United States, Kuk Sool Won practitioners may compete in empty hand forms, weapon forms, techniques, sparring, and board breaking.

Forms, Techniques, and Board Breaking

Competitors in these categories are judged on a 10 point scale, by three judges whose scores are added together to determine a winner. For forms, a competitor must perform the form of their previous belt level. For instance, a brown belt would perform the form they learned at red belt. The same is true for techniques, where the competitor must perform three techniques from any set of their previous belt's curriculum.

Board breaking is judged on technique and power. Each competitor breaks the same amount of boards, in the same position relative to their height, with the same techniques. The board breaks are designed to be difficult to further spread out competitor's scores, and competitors often do not complete all the breaks.


Kuk Sool Won sparring is point based and light to no-contact. Matches are three minutes long, and whomever has the most points at the end wins. The match is also over if a competitor's score is 5 or more than his/her opponent. Legal striking targets include the chest, sides above the waist, neck, and head. There are no strikes allowed to the back or to the back of the head. Excessive contact is forbidden and can result in warnings, point deductions and disqualifications. The points are as follows:

  • One point - Kick to the body, punch to the body, punch to the head.
  • Two points - Kick to the head

In addition to score a point, a fighter must clearly show technique and that they could have (but did NOT) successfully execute the strike at full force. Points are determined by a center judge, and two side judges. Two of the three judges must agree on the point for it to count. At any time, any judge may stop the fight and ask for a judge's decision about a point. Fighters start approximately 3 feet apart from each other in the center of the ring, and are reset to the center if a judge asks for a decision, if a penalty occurs, or if a competitor steps out.

The Korean principle of dae ryuhn bub guides Kuk Sool Won sparring.

  • Dae - Posture and right mind
  • Ryuhn - Combinations
  • Bub - Circling your opponent

Although sparring is considered an important aspect of Kuk Sool Won, it is not emphasized as much as many other sport martial arts.


Kuk Sool Won Milestones


  • Founding of Kuk Sool Won


  • Founding of the Korean Kuk Sool Association


  • First Kuk Sool Won tournament held in Jang Choong gymnasium in Seoul[citation needed]


  • Kuk Sool Won recognized in the World Athletics dictionary as a traditional Korean martial art[citation needed]


  • Kuk Sool Won dojang established in New Orleans[citation needed]


  • World Kuk Sool Association established in San Francisco[citation needed]
  • Kuk Sool Won dojang established in the United Kingdom[citation needed]
  • Kuk Sool Won dojang established in Canada[citation needed]


  • Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism produces the documentary film "Ho Kuk Moo Yea" (Arts Used to Defend the Nation). Kuk Sool masters featured prominently in this film.[citation needed]


  • Kuk Sool Won dojang established in Venezuela[citation needed]


  • Kuk Sool masters participate as official representatives of Korean martial arts in a two-week celebration of the 75th anniversary of Korean immigration to Hawaii[citation needed]


  • Inaugural Kuk Sool Won world championships and seminar held in Gudeok Gymnasium, Busan, Korea. Kuk Sool competitors from seven nations participated in this event.[citation needed]
  • Kuk Sool Won registered as a trademark in 35 states (USA)[citation needed]


  • Kuk Sool sponsors first open tournament in San Francisco[citation needed]


  • Suh, In Hyuk elected president of Ki-Do Association[citation needed]


  • Suh, In Hyuk honored as "Man of the Year" by Black Belt magazine[citation needed]
  • Kuk Sool Won dojang established in Iran[citation needed]


  • Publication of Kuk Sool handbooks and instructional videos[citation needed]
  • Promotion of first non-Asian student (Barry Harmon) to Kwan Ja Nym (Master)[citation needed]
  • Promotion of first female student (Choon Ok Harmon) to Kwan Ja Nym (Master)[citation needed]


  • Suh, In Hyuk honored as "Instructor of the Year" by Inside Kung Fu magazine[citation needed]
  • Publication of Kuk Sool weapon handbooks[citation needed]


  • First Kuk Sool tournament and training seminars held in Canada[citation needed]


  • Kuk Sool instruction made available as an extra curricular activity at the West Point Military Academy[citation needed]
  • Kuk Sool Won dojang established in Germany[citation needed]
  • World Kuk Sool Won headquarters relocated to Houston, Texas[citation needed]
  • Twenty-five American cities hold "Kuk Sool Won Day"[citation needed]


  • Suh, In Hyuk honored by presentation of commander’s sword by West Point Military Academy.[citation needed]


  • Suh, In Hyuk honored as "Best Martial Artist" by Tri-Mont Publications.[citation needed]
  • Suh, In Hyuk honored as "Master of the Year" by Tae Kwon Do Times magazine.[citation needed]


  • Suh, In Hyuk honored by presentation of commander’s sword by U. S. Air Force Academy.[citation needed]


  • First annual Kuk Sool Won regional tournament and masters demonstration held in St. Louis Missouri. Hosted annually by Kwan Ja Nym Jack Harvey and Pu Sabum Nym Lee Harvey[citation needed]
  • Kuk Sool Won hosts martial arts tournament at West Point Military Academy.[citation needed]
  • Suh, In Hyuk honored as "Custodian of Korea’s Combative Arts" by Combat Magazine[citation needed]


  • Kuk Sool Won dojang established in the Netherlands[citation needed]
  • Kuk Sool Won registered as a trademark in the Netherlands[citation needed]
  • Kuk Sool Won dojang established in Belgium[citation needed]


  • Kuk Sool Won registered as a trademark in Canada[citation needed]
  • Kuk Sool Won registered as a trademark in Korea[citation needed]


  • Suh, In Hyuk awarded Seogryu Order, Medal of Civil merit by government of South Korea.[citation needed]


  • Kuk Sool Won dojang established in Spain[citation needed]
  • Kuk Sool Won registered as a trademark in Germany[citation needed]
  • Korean Broadcasting System produces and televises a documentary about the life of and contributions to Korean martial arts by Suh, In Hyuk.[citation needed]


  • National Kuk Sool championship tournament held in Busan, Korea.[citation needed]


  • World Kuk Sool Won headquarters relocated to Tomball, Texas[citation needed]
  • Establishment of a traditional Korean martial arts complex that includes a training hall, meditation center, equestrian facility and archery range.[citation needed]


  • International Kuk Sool Won tournament and televised master’s demonstration held in Gyeongju Civic Auditorium.[citation needed]
  • Over 300 Kuk Sool Won students from around the world tour historic temples and shrines in South Korea.[citation needed]
  • Promotion of first non-Asian female student (Cheryl Cherowitz) to Kwan Ja Nym (Master)[citation needed]


  • Kuk Sool Won dojang established in New Zealand[citation needed]


  • On March 25, Kuk Sa Nim has received a full-scholar Professor appointment from Young-San University in Pusan, South Korea.[citation needed] This appointment to a professorship is not an honorary one, but it allows Kuk Sa Nim to visit and lecture as guest lecturer on a regular basis. His position in the university allows Kuk Sool practitioners to attend and receive a college degree, the university will also offer a Kuk Sool degree under its Martial Arts Department.

Ancient History

Kuk Sool Won has a strong foundation and history based on the traditional and ancient martials arts from the Korean peninsula. The three branches of traditional Korean martial arts which comprise the basis of Kuk Sool Won and are:

  • Sah Doh Mu Sool (Tribal or Family martial Arts) is the earliest form of martial arts developed in Korea; meaning tribal, clan, or family martial arts, as this type of martial art was mainly passed down from one generation to the next. SahDoh MuSool was popular among the ancient tribes, city-states and smaller kingdoms that formed in the Korean Peninsula and parts of what is now China. This was evident well before the first unified Korean kingdom of Ko-Cho Sun which was founded in 2333 BC by the legendary king, DahnGoon WahngGuhm. Later, SahDoh MuSool was further developed and made widespread by voluntary militias of the common people, who often fought in battles to defend their villages.

Traditional athletic activities such as Taekkyon, and Ssireum are considered to have originated from SahDoh MuSool.

  • Bool Kyo Mu Sool (Buddhist Temple Martial Arts) has been practiced by Buddhist monks throughout Asia. In China, the famous Shaolin monks developed techniques and forms based on their observations of animals. Buddhist monks originally developed and then practiced BoolKyo MuSool to improve their health while meditating and to defend themselves while traveling. As a result, Buddhist martial arts include both internal training, with emphasis on special breathing and meditation methods, as well as external training, with emphasis on extremely effective self-defense techniques. Many Buddhist monks were so accomplished as martial artists that they were occasionally called upon during national emergencies to fight in battles by forming unprecedented armies of warrior monks[citation needed].

Today, the tenants of Bool Kyo Mu Sool are prevalent in Kuk Sool as they help teach practitioners meditation skills and the philosophies of non-violence and compassion for all living things. A replica of an ancient statue found among the ruins of a temple at Sarnath Buddhism is a philosophy based on the teachings of the Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama, a prince of the Shakyas, whose lifetime is traditionally given as 566 to 486 BCE. It had subsequently been accepted by... Ever since 1669, when Huang Zongxi first described Chinese martial arts in terms of a Shaolin or external school versus a Wudang or internal school,[1] Shaolin has been used as a synonym for external Chinese martial arts regardless of whether or not the particular style in question has any... Nonviolence (or non-violence) is a set of assumptions about morality, power and conflict that leads its proponents to reject the use of violence in efforts to attain social or political goals. ...

  • Koong Joong Mu Sool (Royal Court Martial Arts) is unique to Kuk Sool Won. Some of the weapons used in Kuk Sool Won were a part of the traditional daily court life. The rope or sash, cane, fan, and short sword were all used among members of the Korean Royal court. There were also many unique open handed and joint-locking principles of Koong Joong Mu Sool that are used extensively in Kuk Sool Won. Weapon training in Kuk Sool Won is very extensive involving 24 different weapons in its curriculum (see Weapons of Kuk Sool Won)

Weapons There are 24 weapons in the Kuk Sool Won curriculum including Buddhist and Tribal weaponary. ...

Modern History

1910-1945 Japanese Occupation

Kuk Sool's modern history can be indirectly traced to the dissolution of the Korean Royal Court and the Japanese occupation in 1910. During this period almost all aspects of Korean culture were suppressed by the Japanese government, including the teaching of Korean martial arts. Those caught practicing Korean martial arts were severely punished, and many leading Korean martial arts instructors were forced into hiding. Flag of the Japanese Empire Anthem Kimi ga Yoa Korea under Japanese Occupation Capital Keijo Language(s) Korean, Japanese Religion Shintoisma Government Constitutional monarchy Emperor of Japan  - 1910–1912 Emperor Meiji  - 1912–1925 Emperor Taisho  - 1925–1945 Emperor Showa Governor-General of Korea  - 1910–1916 Masatake Terauchi  - 1916–1919 Yoshimichi...

Among them was Myung Deuk Suh, In Hyuk Suh's grandfather and head martial arts instructor to the Korean Royal court before it was dissolved by the Japanese.[citation needed] Prior to 1910, the elder Suh taught three types of Korean martial arts: kwan sool, a kicking and hard punching style; yu sool, a soft style with emphasis on locking and throwing techniques; and yu-kwan, a combination which could be either hard or soft, but never used force against force.

Despite the Japanese invasion, the Suh family continued its 16 generation tradition of practicing and teaching martial arts in extreme secrecy. In Hyuk Suh was chosen by his grandfather to carry on this family legacy.[citation needed]

1945-1961 In Hyuk Suh's Training

By the time he was 20 years old, In Hyuk Suh had traveled to hundreds of Buddhist temples and private martial arts teachers, studying many aspects of Korean martial arts. During this intensive training-period Suh learned special breathing skills, meditation techniques and internal power (ki) knowledge, which is taught extensively in Kuk Sool schools across the globe.[citation needed] For other uses, see QI (disambiguation). ...

In the late 1950s In Hyuk Suh began to integrate the many scattered martial art techniques of Korea into a single martial art, Kuk Sool Won. Suh opened his first Kuk Sool school in 1958, and officially founded Kuk Sool Won in 1961. This article is about the Korean civilization. ...

1961-Present Organization and Instruction

In 1974, when Kuk Sool Won in Korea was becoming well known by the public, In Hyuk Suh brought his martial art to the United States. Currently the World Kuk Sool Association headquarters is located in Tomball, Texas, which is roughly forty miles northwest of Houston. Kuk Sool Won is practiced all over the world, and has schools located in Korea, the United Kingdom, Canada, The Netherlands, the United States as well as many others. Official Kuk Sool Won tournaments are held every year all over the world, including the U.S. and European tournaments, and attract many competitors to each event. They are also famous in the Kuk Sool community for their outstanding Masters' Exhibitions. Houston redirects here. ... This article is about the Korean civilization. ... Motto: Je Maintiendrai (Dutch: Ik zal handhaven, English: I Shall Uphold) Anthem: Wilhelmus van Nassouwe Capital Amsterdam1 Largest city Amsterdam Official language(s) Dutch2 Government Parliamentary democracy Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Beatrix  - Prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende Independence Eighty Years War   - Declared July 26, 1581   - Recognised January 30, 1648 (by Spain...

Other Perspectives on the Source of Kuk Sool

Over the years differing versions of the sources of Kuk Sool have emerged. Early sources presenting conflicting information on the source of this material include the writings of then Kuk Sool representative Kimm He-Young, the early statements of Seo In-Sun,[2] and the early writings of Suh himself, which present versions of events inconsistent with his later writings.

The first red Kuk Sool book published by Suh In-Hyuk never mentions his grandfather, who died when Suh was 12 years old, as a source for Royal Court Martial Arts which he studied. This fact was not mentioned until published in Suh and Jane Hallander's "Fighting Weapons of Korean Martial Arts" in 1988.[citation needed]

In Kimm He-Young's "Kuk Sool” it is written: "While compiling Kuk Sool techniques, he (Myung-Duk Suh) taught these arts to his grandson, In-hyuk Suh. Before the old master died in 1952, he handed down five compiled books of Kuk Sool to the young master Suh. They are: (1) Yu Sool; (2) Kwon Sool; (3) Yu Kwon Sool; (4) Whal Bub; (5) Hyul Bub.

"After his grandfather died, the young master searched other aspects of Korean Traditional Martial Arts for the next eight years from many other masters. These are some of the masters he studied under:

"1. Master Choi Yong-Sul: The young master visited many private martial arts schools and villages to study Tribal Martial Arts or private martial arts. One of the influencial [sic] in this area is master Yong-sool Choi. From master Choi, he received further education in Yu Sool. Choi Yong Sul (1904 - 1986), alternative spelling Choi Yong Sool, was the founder of the martial art hapkido. ...

"2. Hai Dong Seu Nim (The Great Monk of the East Sea): In order to learn Buddhist Martial Arts, the young master visited many temples throughout the country. One of his great teachers was Hai Dong Seu Nim. From this great monk, he learned Kwon Sool, Ki Bub (Ki Exercise) and breathing techniques.

"3. Master Tai-eui Wang: The young master also visited old masters of Royal Court Martial Arts. One of his teachers of this art was Master Tai-eui Wang. From master Wang, he learned Yu Kwon Sool"

Also according to Suh in the Kuk Sool Won Textbook: Volume 1 (Suh 1993:33) "Another of Master Suh's influential teachers was Yong Sool Choi, the founder of Korean Hapkido and a master of Korean tribal martial arts, as well." Oddly, Choi Yong-Sul never claimed to have studied native Korean "tribal arts" himself but rather claimed to have studied the Japanese system of Daito-ryu aikijujutsu having lived in Japan from age 8 to 42 during the Japanese colonial period. (1911-1945) Interestingly Choi Yong Sul and his students often referred to his art in its early years as yu sool (jujutsu) or yu kwon sool before settling on the name hapkido for the art.[3] [4] Choi Yong Sul (1904 - 1986), alternative spelling Choi Yong Sool, was the founder of the martial art hapkido. ... Daitō-ryū aiki-jūjutsu (大東流合気柔術), originally called Daito-ryū jujutsu (大東流柔術), is a Japanese martial art that first became widely known in the early 20th century under the headmastership of Sokaku Takeda (武田 惣角 Takeda Sōkaku). ... Hapkido (also spelled hap ki do or hapki-do) is a dynamic and eclectic Korean martial art. ...

Suh is also known to have had associations with members of Kim Moo Hong's Shin Moo Kwan hapkido school in Seoul[3] , especially with people like Kim Woo Tak and other senior members who founded the Kuk Sool Kwan school of hapkido, predating Suh's own efforts.


  1. ^ a b c Kuk Sool Won Association. Retrieved on 2007-12-13.
  2. ^ Seo discussing training with Choi and the origin of Kuk Sool Hapkido
  3. ^ a b Kimm, He-Young (1991). The Hapkido Bible. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Andrew Jackson Press. 
  4. ^ Wollmershauser, Mike; Eric Hentz (ed.) (1996). "The Beginning of Hapkido; An Interview with Hapkido Master Suh, Bok Sub". Taekwondo Times 16 (8).

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SIKARAN is a form of Philippine Martial Arts whose history dates back to the early 1500s before the Spaniards came, It is the art of foot-fighting where the farmers use their strong legs to drive the partners outside the designated line (pitak). ... Silat or Pencak Silat is an umbrella term for a martial art form originating from the regions of the Malay Archipelago. ... Subak, (or Subakhi, Subak-chigi) is a Korean traditional martial art. ... Ever since 1669, when Huang Zongxi first described Chinese martial arts in terms of a Shaolin or external school versus a Wudang or internal school,[1] Shaolin has been used as a synonym for external Chinese martial arts regardless of whether or not the particular style in question has any... Taekyon, or Taekkyon is a traditional Korean martial art, probably stemming from Subak. ... Taekwondo (also Tae Kwon Do, Taekwon-Do, or Tae Kwon-Do) is a Korean martial art and combat sport. ... 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Varzesh-e Pahlavani (Persian varzeÅ¡-e pahlavānÄ« ورزش پهلوانی) meaning the Sport of the Heroes, also known as Varzesh-e Bastani (Persian varzeÅ¡-e bāstnÄ« ورزش باستانی), meaning the Sport of the Ancients, is a traditional discipline of gymnastics and wrestling of Iran, which was originally an academy of physical training for... Pehlwani Modern wrestling, or Pehlwani , is a synthesis of an indigenous Aryan form of wrestling that dates back at least to the 5th century BC [1] and a Persian form of wrestling brought into South Asia by the Mughals. ... Sambo (Russian: ) -- (also called Sombo in the US and sometimes written in all-caps) is a modern martial art, combat sport and self-defense system developed in the former Soviet Union, and recognized as an official sport by the USSR All-Union Sports Committee in 1938, presented by Anatoly Kharlampiev. ... Shuai jiao (Chinese: 摔跤 or 摔角; Hanyu Pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Shuai-chiao) is the modern Chinese term for Chinese and Mongolian wrestling. ... Image:Ssireum-1. ... For other uses, see Sumo (disambiguation). ... Ancient Greek wrestlers (Pankratiasts) Wrestling is the act of physical engagement between two unarmed persons, in which each wrestler strives to get an advantage over or control of their opponent. ... YaÄŸlı GüreÅŸ (IPA:) is the Turkish national sport. ... For other uses, see Weapon (disambiguation). ... Battōjutsu ) is a Japanese term meaning techniques for drawing a sword. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the sport, which is distinguished from stage fencing and academic fencing (mensur). ... Gatka (Punjabi: , ) is a traditional Sikh martial art. ... Haidong Gumdo, also spelled Haedong Kumdo, is a name coined around 1982 and used for several Korean martial art organizations that use swords. ... Hojōjutsu (捕縄術) or Nawajutsu, (縄術) is the traditional Japanese martial skill of restraining a person using cord or rope. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Iaido (居合道 iaidō), also sometimes called iaijutsu (居合術 iaijutsu) or battojutsu (抜刀術 battōjutsu) is the art of drawing the katana, cutting down the opponent, flipping blood from the blade, and then re-sheathing the katana in one fluid movement. ... Jōdō ), meaning the way of the jō, or jōjutsu ) is a Japanese martial art using short staves called jō. The art is similar to bōjutsu, and is strongly focused upon defense against the Japanese sword. ... Jogo do Pau. ... JÅ«kendō ) is the Japanese martial art of bayonet fighting. ... Juttejutsu is the Japanese martial art of using a jitte or jutte. ... 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The art is widely considered to be the last legitimate ninpo, or ninja, martial art, particularly because of the influence of Togakure ryu. ... Hapkido (also spelled hap ki do or hapki-do) is a dynamic and eclectic Korean martial art. ... Hwa Rang Do is a Korean martial art that was created in its modern form by Joo Bang Lee and his brother, Joo Sang Lee. ... Jeet Kune Do (Chinese: 截拳道 Cantonese: Jitkyùndou Pinyin: Jiéquándào, lit. ... Kajukenbo is a hybrid martial art that combines karate, judo, jujutsu, kenpo, and kung fu. ... Kalarippayattu (IPA: [kaÉ­aɾipːajatɨ̆], Malayalam: കളരിപയറ്റ്) is a Dravidian martial art practised in Kerala and contiguous parts of neighboring Tamil Nadu of Southern India. ... Krav Maga (Hebrew קרב מגע: contact combat) is a martial art, at first developed in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s. ... MCMAP logo The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) is a combat system developed by the United States Marine Corps to combine existing and new hand-to-hand and close combat techniques with morale and team-building functions and instruction in what the Marine Corps calls the Warrior Ethos.[1... Northern Praying Mantis (Chinese: ; pinyin: tánglángquán; literally praying mantis fist) is a style of Chinese martial arts, sometimes called Shandong Praying Mantis after its province of origin. ... This article is about a Japanese martial art. ... Pankration was an ancient sport introduced in the Greek Olympic games in 648 BC. Many historians believe that, although Pankration was not one of the first Olympic sports, it was likely the most popular. ... This article is about martial art forms practiced in Indonesia. ... The leitai of the 2004 China National Sanda Championships Sanshou (Chinese: 散手, lit. ... 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About Kuk Sool Won (473 words)
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 a complete martial art that is dedicated to the cultivation of mental strength and well being and to the preservation of traditional Korean Martial Arts.
As students of Kuk Sool Won, this early history and the ancient traditions upon which our art is founded should be as important to us as the physical techniques themselves, for it is only from our understanding and appreciation of these classical roots that we are able to grow as students and as martial artists.
Kuk Sool Won - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (856 words)
Kuk Sool Won is Korea's recognized national martial art.
Kuk Sool's history can be indirectly traced to the dissolution of the Korean Royal Court and the Japanese occupation in [1910].
Kuk Sool Won is practiced all over the world, and has schools located in Korea, the United Kingdom, Canada, The Netherlands, the United States, and many others.
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