KUK SOOL WON™
The history of Korean martial arts is as old as the land itself and can be traced as far back as the prehistoric era, where primitive weapons made of wood and stone were used for hunting and fighting. As early as 2707 BC, the Korean warlord Chi-Woo, also known as Jaoji, reigned as the “god of war” in what is now Mainland China.
Since then, the majority of Koreans migrated and settled in the region of the Korean Peninsula, where there have been more than a thousand recorded instances of foreign invasions. Consequently, the Korean people developed unique martial arts and military strategies in order to defend themselves and their territory.
Most of these Korean martial arts fall into three main groups or branches, namely tribal, Buddhist, and royal court martial arts.
Sah Doh Mu Sool: Tribal martial arts
Bool Kyo Mu Sool: Buddhist martial arts
Koong Joong Mu Sool: Royal court martial arts
In 1958, In Hyuk Suh, de founder and grandmaster of Kuk Sool Won™ used these three categories of traditional Korean martial arts to form Kuk Sool Won™. Kuk Sool Won™ includes many techniques, that have been deduced from the above named arts. Kuk Sool Won™ has been structured in a way that gives a logical progression from beginner to Master.
The World Kuk Sool Association promotes the practice of Kuk Sool Won™, actively and world wide. Amongst different martial arts, Kuk Sool Won™ is seen as one of the most effective and complete forms of Korean martial art that exists nowadays.