What is Kuk Sool Won?

Note: Kuk Sool Won is also referred to as Kuk Sool or KSW


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-defence method. Kuk Sool is a complete martial art system that is dedicated to the cultivation of mental strength, well-being and to the preservation of the traditional Korean martial arts.


The basis of Kuk Sool is the development and use of ‘Ki’ (internal power). Therefore Kuk Sool is considered an internal martial arts system. However, to classify Kuk Sool under any one name is incorrect due to its vastness. For self-defence, Kuk Sool is unsurpassed. It combines kicking, punching, throwing, falling, choking, joint locking and a myriad of weapons techniques into a beautiful, dynamic, 'hard-soft' style, emphasising speed and fluidity. In conjunction with physical training, other techniques such as: meditation, breathing, acupressure and acupunture are employed to improve and maintain health, develop internal power and retard the ageing process. Philosophically, Kuk Sool stresses humility, self-discipline, and respect for others. Together, these different aspects of Kuk Sool provide the means for attaining a long and healthier life.


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