Kuk Sool Won
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Jase (Stances)[]

Nak Bub (Falling Principles)[]

Soo Ki (Hand Techniques)[]

Soo Ki -- Striking, or hand technique. Kuk Sool Won™ teaches a wide variety of striking techniques from basic punching and open-hand striking familiar to most martial arts, to more specialized types of striking methods such as animal-style techniques (primarily based on the tiger, crane and snake) and techniques utilizing different parts of the hand, arm and wrist. One of the prominent characteristics of Kuk Sool striking is the emphasis on more open-hand striking methods and the use of strikes targeted to one of the 364 martial arts pressure points located on the attacker's body.

Johk Sool (Leg or Kicking Techniques)[]

Johk Sool -- Kicking (lit. "leg technique"). A Korean system, Kuk Sool Won™ employs an extensive variety of kicking techniques. The student will begin with basic kicking (eg. front kick, side kick, round kick, etc.) and will progress through more advanced and complicated types of kicking, including various combination kicks, jumping kicks, spinning kicks and jump spinning kicks (some of which have the body spinning 540° in the air before impact, building terrific centrifugal force).

Hyung (forms)[]

Soo (Techniques)[]

Bup(: (Principles)[]

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Animal-Style Techniques[]

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

  • Tiger (호랑이) (Ho Rang Ee)
  • Praying Mantis (사마귀) (Sah Mah Gwee)
  • Crane (학) (Hahk)
  • Dragon (용) (Yohng)
  • Snake (뱀) (Baem)
  • Bear (곰) (Gohm)
  • Eagle (독수리) (Dohk Soo Ree)

Traditional Korean Weapons[]

Kuk Sool Won™ incorporates 24 weapon styles, taken from the ancient Korean Royal Court, Buddhist Temple Arts, and Tribal Arts.

Weapons of Korean Warriors: The Fighting Tools of Kuk Sool Won by Audrey Reinoehl, Black Belt Magazine, February 1989

  • Bong - Staff. The oldest weapon.
    • Jung Bong - Middle staff.
    • Jang Bong - Long staff.
  • Gum - Short, middle and long; single or double; straight or inverted. The most popular weapon. Korean swords varied greatly in size, shape, and style. The governing philosophy was that every sword should be custom made to suit the size and strength of it's wielder. The below four sword types refer to both a shape and style of sword, and to the technique used in wielding it.
    • Jung gum - Straight Sword.
    • Yuk Gum - Inverted Sword Principles.
    • Jang Ssang Gum - Double longswords.
    • Dan Sang Gum - Double Shortswords. Originally used by female Royal Court bodyguards, these hilted, double shortswords were easily concealed in robes.
  • Kal Gum - Knife. Taught as both a melee weapon and as a throwing weapon.
  • Dang Pa - The Dang Pa is a triple bladed spear, sometimes called a trident. It is between seven feet, six inches and eighteen feet long and has either an iron or wooden tip. The dang pa was a fundamental defensive weapon that was sometimes used to launch fire at enemy troops.
  • Dan Bong - Short Sticks. Originating with ancient village militias, and gaining popularity with the Royal Court because of its concealability.
  • Ji Pang-Ee - Cane. Ji Pang-Ee Sool - Cane fighting technique. The walking cane was a favorite weapon of Buddhist monks, who were fobidden from taking life.
  • Bu Chae - Fan. Noblemen's weapon. Constructed of a special hardwood known as pak dahl, which grows only in Korea. This Pak Dahl is further steamed and treated to give it a hardness rivaling that of metal.
  • Po Bak - Rope. Another Royal Court Favorite, because of its innocuous appearance and concealability.
  • Jool Bong - Flail, Joined staff. Nunchaku in Japanese.
  • Gung Si - Bow & arrow. Gung Sool is archery.

Martial Art Healing Techniques[]

History of Traditional Korean Medicine

Martial Art Healing Technique

Kuk Sool Won™ Healing Techniques

Beginning at the instructor level, Sah Bum Nym specifically, various martial art healing techniques are taught. These are:

  • Acupressure
  • Internal energy systems