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The roots of Kuk Sool date back to the very beginning of Korea with “Sado Mu Sool” which means family or tribal martial art.
The next martial art to develop was “Bulkyo Mu Sool”, or “Buddhist martial art”. Shortly afterwards came “Koong Joong Mu Sool” which translates to ‘Royal Court Martial Art’. These are the three segments of ancient Korean martial arts from which the techniques of Kuk Sool evolved. Although its origin may be traced back to antiquity, the present Kuk Sool system was formally devised only recently.
Grand master In Hyuk Suh spent more than fifty years in single minded practice and research in order to learn, compile, master and organize the more than 3,600 techniques that comprise Kuk Sool. He founded the Kuk Sool Won in 1961 and took it to the United States in 1974.
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 and maintain health, develop internal power and retard the ageing process. Philosophically, Kuk Sool stresses humility, self discipline, loyalty and respect for others.