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Stretching the Truth

At the beginning of every Kuk Sool class, we spent 10-15 minutes “warming up.” What exactly is the purpose, and why do we dedicate such a significant portion of class time to it? The NY Times published an article several years ago on this very topic. Its...

Ki is the Key

The “yelling” that we do in classes is referred to as a “kihap” (literally, “power yell”) and it serves two distinct — and very important — purposes: First, the kihap is not so much the noise you make as what you do with your...

Kuk Sool Forms

A “form” (called a “hyung” in Korean) is a prearranged series of movements performed in a dance-like manner, and is probably the most important training tool that you will have in the martial arts. A traditional form is designed to not only...

Respect, Etiquette & Bowing

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....