What is Kuk Sool Won??

A Comprehensive Martial Arts System

Kuk Sool Won™ is a systematic study of all of the Traditional Martial Arts of Korea. Kuk Sool Won™ is extremely well organised and includes all aspects of the traditional Korean martial arts.


As a martial arts system, Kuk Sool Won™ covers everything you could imagine together with body conditioning techniques and mental development and traditional weapons training. The following list includes some, but by no means all, of the elements of Kuk Sool Won™.

Hand techniques
  • closed and open hand striking methods: including palm, fist, wrist, finger striking, and specialized hand training techniques

  • pressure point striking

  • striking with arm and shoulder

  • blocking and parrying

Leg techniques
  • fundamental kicks

  • spinning kicks

  • jumping kicks

  • combination kicks

  • double leg kicks

  • pressure point kicking

  • specialty kicking

Throwing & Grappling
  • body throws

  • projection throws

  • leg throws

  • pressure point grappling

  • grappling defense

  • wrestling techniques

  • ground fighting

Joint locking techniques
  • restraining methods

  • joint breaking techniques

  • combination joint locking

  • control and redirection techniques

  • arresting and pain-compliance techniques

Falling techniques & Acrobatics
  • body conditioning and agility techniques

  • body protection techniques

  • acrobatics for defense and offense

Body conditioning
  • overall stretching and flexibility training

  • cardiovascular conditioning

  • muscle toning

  • ligament and tendon strengthening

  • joint flexibility and bone conditioning

Animal style techniques

Techniques based on the movements and/or characteristics of certain “martial” animals such as:

  • Tiger

  • Praying Mantis

  • Crane

  • Dragon

  • Snake

  • Bear

  • Eagle

Traditional Korean weapons

There are 24 different traditional Korean Royal Court weapons in the curriculum of Kuk Sool Won™ plus Buddhist and Tribal weaponry.

  • sword: short & long, single & double, straight & inverted

  • staff: short, middle & long, single & double

  • jointed staff (flail): double or triple

  • spear

  • cane

  • rope

  • fan

  • bow and arrow

Meditation and breathing techniques
  • various breath control techniques

  • meditation and breathing postures

  • concentration techniques.


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