what IS KUK sOOL?

Animal Style Techniques

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

  • Tiger
  • Praying Mantis
  • Crane
  • Dragon
  • Snake
  • Bear
  • Eagle


Traditional Korean Weapons

The Kuk Sool curriculum includes the study of 24 Korean Royal Court weapons as well as Buddhist and Tribal weaponry.

  • Sword: short & long, single or double, straight or inverted
  • Staff: short, middle & long, single or double
  • Jointed Staff (flail): double or triple
  • Spear
  • Cane
  • Rope
  • Fan
  • Bow & Arrow


Meditation and Breathing

  • Various breath control techniques
  • Meditation and breathing postures
  • Concentration techniques

Hand Techniques

  • Closed and Open hand striking methods
  • Pressure point striking
  • Striking with arm and shoulder
  • Blocking and parrying


Leg Techniques

  • Fundamental kicks
  • Spinning kicks
  • Jumping kicks
  • Combination kicks
  • Double leg kicks
  • Pressure point kicking
  • Specialty kicking


Throwing and Grappling

  • Body Throws
  • Projection Throws
  • Leg Throws
  • Pressure Point Grappling
  • Grappling Defense
  • Wrestling Techniques
  • Ground Fighting


Joint Locking Techniques

  • Restraining methods
  • Joint breaking techniques
  • Combination joint locking
  • Control and redirection techniques
  • Arresting and pain-compliance techniques


Body Conditioning, Falling Techniques and Acrobatics

  • Body conditioning and agility techniques
  • Body protection techniques
  • Acrobatics for defense and offense
  • Overall stretching and flexibility training
  • Cardiovascular conditioning
  • Muscle toning
  • Ligament and tendon strengthening
  • Joint flexibility and bone conditioning

Kuk Sool is a systematic study of the traditional Martial Arts, which together comprise the Martial Arts history of Korea.

As a martial arts system, Kuk Sool covers the entire spectrum of established Asian Martial arts and body conditioning techniques, as well as mental development and traditional weapons training. The following list includes some, but by no means all, of the Martial Arts elements of Kuk Sool.