It is important to note that Kuk Sool and Kuk Sool Won™ are not one and the same, as Kuk Sool Won™ is merely one organization (founded by In Hyuk Suh) which happens to utilize the martial art of Kuk Sool in what it offers to its clients. However, due to years of falsely justified insistence by Kuk Sool Won™ that no one else could legally use the name of “Kuk Sool” directly led to many proponents of this remarkable martial arts system regrettably adopting a different moniker. So while Kuk Sool Won™ (and its partner organization, the World Kuk Sool Association, Inc.) may be one of the largest institutions which have helped to spread this martial art, there exists a significant number of martial art groups that teach Kuk Sool, even if many don't identify themselves by this appellation.
The romantic origins of Kuk Sool date back to the very beginning of Korea,
starting with “Sah Doh Mu Sool”
which means family or tribal martial art. The next martial art
to develop was “Koong Joong Mu Sool,” or “Royal
Court Martial Art.” Shortly afterwards came “Bull
Gyo Mu Sool,” which refers to the martial arts
practiced in the Buddhist temples during ancient times.
These are the three segments of Korean martial arts
history from which the techniques of Kuk Sool are said to be derived.
Kuk Sool is recognized as an extensive martial arts system which is based on the rich and varied martial
art techniques and traditions that have arisen in Korea throughout the ages. Technically, Kuk Sool is not
considered a sport nor is it simply another oriental self defense method, rather it is a comprehensive
martial art that is dedicated to the cultivation of mental and physical well-being and to the preservation
of traditional Korean Martial Arts.
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 style that emphasizes speed and fluidity.
In conjunction with the physical training, meditation,
special breathing, acupressure and acupuncture techniques
are employed to improve and maintain health, to develop internal
power and to lessen the effects of aging.
Philosophically, Kuk Sool stresses humility, self
discipline, loyalty and respect for others. Together,
all of these aspects allow Kuk Sool to provide the
means for attaining a long and healthy life.
As a martial arts franchise, Kuk Sool Won™ tries to include
the full spectrum of Asian fighting
methods and body conditioning secrets, as well as emphasizing
mental development and dabbling in traditional weapons training. Below is a
sampling of what Kuk Sool Won™ has to offer: