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General articles on Kuk Sool and the benefits of martial arts training geared toward prospective students

New kids classes added

01 Jan

We want to let everyone know that we added 2 new classes to our schedule at the Webster/Ontario dojahng on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:15-6:00 pm. This class is exclusively for beginner children 6-12 (white through blue belts). The Open Class immediately following this new class from 6-7 pm remains the same.

Kuk Sool for Adults & Busy Professionals

31 Aug

Some people are fearful of martial arts training and use the excuse “I’m too busy” or “I’m too old for that kind of thing.” But nothing could be further from the truth. Kuk Sool is for everyone; all you have to do is make the commitment. We have students of all ages in our classes, from children and teens to busy parents and retired adults.


Busy professionals don’t want to walk into the office one day with a black eye or broken nose. We understand that! Unlike a lot of more competitive martial arts schools, training at Greater Rochester Kuk Sool Won is extremely safe. Actual contact is minimal and well-controlled. Students are taught to apply their techniques slowly and smoothly, always aware of the safety of their partner.

Tumbling, Acrobatics and Physical Exertion

So you’re 65, retired, and have never done a cartwheel in your life. Does that prevent you from martial arts training? Absolutely not! You can progress — and even earn a Black Belt — in Kuk Sool Won at whatever level you may be at.

Because all of our training here at Greater Rochester Kuk Sool Won is self-paced and personal, age or reasonable physical limitations are never a problem and we are able to structure your training around any old injuries or restrictions that you might have. We have many adult students, and a good number of them started training in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. The traditional martial arts training program at Greater Rochester Kuk Sool Won follows the philosophy that your health should be your primary consideration in training, while self-defense is just a useful by-product. Remember, you may not ever be in a fight, but you have to get out of bed every day of your life.

Our training curriculum at Greater Rochester Kuk Sool Won is based on the individual — not the group. Therefore, when you see some students doing advanced gymnastics and spectacular falls or kicks it is because they worked hard to get to that point. Everyone will have certain strengths and weakness that they bring to class, and our goal is to build on your personal strengths while at the same time helping you to overcome any weak areas that you might have.


We know your life is busy and hectic. There are children’s birthday parties. Business trips. Family vacations. Sick kids to take care of. While we do expect you to commit to two classes per week, sometimes things get in the way. If you miss the occasional class and would like to make it up we offer an open class on Friday evenings for all ages and all ranks or, if necessary, you may make arrangements to attend a class during a different time. If you’re going to be gone for a week or two, just let us know and it shouldn’t be a problem.

You can’t really be charged for a missed class because, like a health club or gym, we are set up on a monthly, rather than a per-class, basis and offer you plenty of opportunities to make up any classes that you miss.

However, should you be away for an extended period just let us know in advance and we might be able to add any extended absence time to the end of your agreement at no additional charge. Again, just speak with our Program Director or Instructor about this if you have any questions.


A lot of people overestimate the amount of time necessary to progress in martial arts. At Greater Rochester Kuk Sool Won, if you are able to attend at least 2 classes per week (and spend just a couple hours a week training at home) you should be able to progress regularly. In fact, our lesson plans at Greater Rochester Kuk Sool Won are set up with this schedule in mind. We understand that you have other activities going on with a busy career and family life. That’s why we offer several different class times during the day and evenings so you can pick what is most convenient to you.

At Greater Rochester Kuk Sool Won the only person that you are ever judged against is yourself. All we ask from you is a commitment to do your best, and to try to grow a little more in your abilities every day. We promise you that if you will just make the commitment to try, one day you will look back and be surprised at just how far you have come.

Respect, Etiquette & Bowing

19 Jan

Bowing is a respectful way to acknowledge or greet your instructors and fellow students, and will quickly become a regular part of your martial arts training.

When to bow

When you enter the Dojahng, you are entering a place where the customs of Korea are observed. Bowing is a Korean custom that shows respect. As martial arts students, you will bow frequently.

Bow whenever you first enter and when you last exit the practice area and the Dojahng. This bow is executed by bending 90° at the waist, eyes lowered, and saying “Kuk Sool.”

When you first see an instructor, bow to him/her as you greet him/her. When you leave the Dojahng, bow to the instructor as you bid him/her farewell.

If you are in the Dojahng when a class bows in, always bow with the class, even if you are not ready for class or not staying for class. In such a situation, if you are in street clothes, you may perform the bows from a standing position — called an informal bow — at the side of the practice area, keeping your arms at your sides. If you are in uniform, then you hands should be holding your belt in the attention position.

Bowing in to Begin Class

When your instructor is ready to begin class you will be given the command to line up. Students will shout “Yes Sir” and quickly find an open space to line up, at attention, by belt rank. After the students are lined up the instructor will give the following sequence of commands:

  1. Juhng Jah: This means kneel. You will face forward with your eyes up and hands in attention position.
  2. Kuk Ki Da Hae Kyung Nea: This is the bow to the two national flags: the American and Korean flags.
  3. Won Ki Da Hae Kyung Nea: This is the bow to the Kuk Sool Won Association flag
  4. Kuk Sa Nim Ke Kyung Nea: This is the bow to our national Martial Arts Teacher, Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh.
  5. The next series of bows are to the black belts, starting with the highest rank and decending to the lowest rank.
  6. If a class is beginning, the instructor will say: Soo Ryuhn Shee Shak Kyung Nea.
  7. If a class is ending the instructor will say: Soo Ryuhn Geut Kyung Nea.
  8. The last bow thanks the instructor for class: Dae Dan Hee Kam Sa Ham Nee Da.