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Kuk Sool WonTM

A comprehensive system

Kuk Sool Won™ is a comprehensive martial arts system that is derived from the rich and varied techniques of Korean RoyalCourt, Buddhist and Tribal martial arts that have arisen in Korea through the ages. Kuk Sool is not a sport, nor is it simply another Oriental self-defense method. Kuk Sool is a complete martial art system that is dedicated to the cultivation of mental and physical strength, well being, and to the preservation of traditional Korean martial arts.

Kuk Sool combines Kicking, Punching, Throwing, Falling, Choking, Joint-locking, Grappling, Pressure point manipulation, Acrobatics, and the use of up to 24 traditional Weapons into a hard/soft style with an emphasis on speed and fluidity, in conjunction with physical training and meditation breathing. All of this helps to slow down the aging process. Philosophically, Kuk Sool stresses humility, self-discipline, self-control, loyalty, and respect to others.

A quality unique to Kuk Sool Won™ is the Association (WKSA) and the fact that the Association has kept the traditional Korean Martial Art of Kuk Sool Won™ pure, and will continue to do so throughout the world. So, no matter where you may travel or live, once you have joined Kuk Sool Won™ and the Association, you can practice the same Kuk Sool Won™ curriculum whether you are in Ireland, USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Europe, or Korea!

Kuk Sool WonTM

Not just kick punch

As you can see, Kuk Sool Won™ covers an extensive variety of martial art techniques. But it is not merely concerned with methods of attack and defense, Kuk Sool Won™ also includes the study of healing techniques and the development of internal power, in addition to the physical training. Mental development is of equal importance in Kuk Sool Won™ and helps to instill self-confidence and self-discipline, a calm self-assurance, and the psychological and spiritual values which are traditionally associated with the character of a martial artist.

Although Kuk Sool Won™ as it is practiced today is relatively new, its roots stretch far and deep to the very beginnings of the Korean people. This early history and the ancient traditions upon which this art is founded should be viewed as important as the physical techniques themselves, for it is only from the understanding and appreciation of these classical roots that one is able to grow as a student of the martial arts.


Self Defence

Kuk Sool Won has a core in self-defence.


We teach you:


  1. Simple but effective escape techniques

  2. Striking points for maximum impact.

  3. How to make some space to enable you to escape or be ready

  4. How to remove your aggressors' desire to fight. 

  5. Use your core strength and techniques to enable you to use others' strength against them.


Hand & leg techniques


  1. Closed and open hand striking methods, including palm, fist, wrist, and specialized hand training techniques

  2. Pressure point striking

  3. Striking with arm and shoulder

  4. Blocking and parrying




  1. Fundamental kicks, including  - front, inside, outside, & more,

  2. Advanced kicks including, jumping, spinning, combination, double leg  

  3. Pressure point kicking


Throws & grappling


Throws include:

  1. Body throws, projection throws, hip throws, leg throws 

  2. Pressure point grappling

  3. Grappling defence

  4. Wrestling techniques

  5. Ground fighting

Joint locks

Locks include:

  1. Restraining methods

  2. Joint breaking techniques

  3. Combination joint locking

  4. Control and redirection techniques

  5. Arresting and pain-compliance techniques


Falling & acrobatics


Falls include:

  1. Body conditioning and agility techniques. 

  2. Body protection techniques. 

  3. Acrobatics for defence and offence


Body conditioning


Techniques  include:


  1. Overall stretching and flexibility training

  2. Cardiovascular conditioning

  3. Muscle Toning

  4. Ligament and tendon strengthening

  5. Joint flexibility and bone conditioning

Traditional Korean weapons

Weapons include:



  1. Sword: short & long, single or double

  2. Staff: short, middle & long, single or double 

  3. Straight or inverted Jointed Staff (flail)

  4. Double or triple Spear 

  5. Cane 

  6. Rope 

  7. Fan 

  8. Bow & Arrow 

There are 24 different traditional Korean Royal Court weapons in the curriculum of Kuk Sool Won™


Meditation & breathing


Techniques include:

  1. Various breath control techniques 

  2. Meditation and breathing postures 

  3.  Concentration techniques​

Core Strength


Techniques include:

  1. Intensity training 

  2. Muscle conditioning 

  3. Core Stability

  4. Balance

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