In Hyuk Suh is the founder, Grandmaster and President of the World Kuk Sool Association®. He has studied martial arts for more than 50 years, receiving his first instruction from his grandfather, Myung Deuk Suh, a master-instructor to the Korean Royal Court. After his grandfather’s death, he traveled throughout the Far East seeking out and studying additional aspects of the martial arts.
The knowledge he acquired from his grandfather and subsequent masters enabled him to establish Kuk Sool Won™. Although expert in every aspect of martial arts, Grandmaster Suh is especially renowned for his mastery of pressure point and joint manipulation.
More than self defense.
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. Known as “ki,” this internal power stems from the life force that flows through all things. Having proper balance in all aspects of oneself helps cultivate a beautiful and balanced life.
Mental development is of equal importance in Kuk Sool Won™ — it 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.
Ancient wisdom in modern times.
Kuk Sool Won™ is a systematic study of all of the traditional fighting arts, which together comprise the martial arts history of Korea. As a martial arts system, Kuk Sool Won™ is exteremely well-organized; and seeks to integrate and explore the entire spectrum of established Asian fighting arts and body conditioning techniques, as well as mental development and traditional weapons training.
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.
One of the ancient traditions we maintain today is Korean archery! Our students have an opportunity to attend an introduction to Korean archery in the Spring, and we practice on Friday nights through daylight savings. Click here to learn more about Korean archery.
A worldwide community.
In Hyuk Suh’s organization now boasts 1.3 million members with over 800 schools worldwide in 27 different countries. We train together, travel together, compete together, eat together, earn black belt together, and have fun together! Being a member of the WKSA means that you have access to WKSA tournaments, seminars, and other community events.
No matter where you train the world over, WKSA accredited schools teach the same material, in the same ways. Materials and cirriculum are uniform from school to school, and your belt transfers with you, should ever need to change locations. All WKSA accredited instructors undergo mandatory quality checks, and have understanding and empathy with praciticing students.
Our instructors are the best of the best, and they are here to help you succeed!