Gary Evarts, Master Instructor and owner of two local Kuk Sool Won schools, will be heading to Busan, South Korea, on October 16 for the World Kuk Sool martial arts championships. Master Evarts will be accompanied by three of his students: Master Joseph Burnett of Wolcott and instructors Jason Lee and Kelly Farrar of Webster.
The World Kuk Sool Championships will be held at the Gangseo Sports Park in Busan. Evarts’ team encountered nearly 2,000 competitors when they last went to Korea in 2002. Over the course of two days, the team will compete in various events, followed by a master’s demonstration.
Evarts is one of only five masters in the world working on implementing Olympic-style judging for Olympic martial arts competition. He and Burnett have also trained members of the Olympic luge and bobsled teams in Lake Placid to improve their flexibility and reflexes.
In addition to his role in Kuk Sool Won, Master Evarts is also an adjunct facility member at Finger Lakes Community College where he teaches defensive tactics and advanced martial arts classes.
Evarts first brought Kuk Sool to New York in 1979 in Clyde, Wayne County. Evarts has been on the cover of Tae Kwon Do Times and has been awarded World Championship status in both self-defense and weapons competitions. He appeared on television in Scotland and England where he demonstrated self-defense and board breaking at the European Championships. Earlier this year, Evarts even appeared on America’s Funniest Home Videos in the Snowman Special episode, and on 13WHAM to promote his yearly Kicking Cancer tournament to help raise funds for a child with cancer. The event raised almost $7,000 this year for a Palmyra teen, Lauren Miller.