The Five Principles of a Martial Artist
A high degree of moral character is considered as important in Kuk Sool Won as physical skill. Before being entrusted with the techniques, forms and secrets of Kuk Sool Won, each student must possess these five characteristics:
Kuk Sool Won Pledge
- As a member of Kuk Sool Won, I pledge to obey the rules of the association and to conduct myself in accordance with the true spirit of martial arts.
- I pledge to be loyal to my country and to promote the development of a better society.
- I pledge to work together with all classes of people without regard to politics, race or religion.
- I pledge to promote international goodwill and strive for world peace through the practice of martial arts.
- I will develop myself in a positive manner and avoid anything that would reduce my mental growth or physical health.
- I will develop self-discipline in order to bring out the best in myself and others.
- I will use what I learn in class constructively and defensively, to help myself and others, and never be abusive or offensive.
Kuk Sool Rules & Regulations
- Obey instructors and senior classmates. “Yes sir” or “Yes ma’am” are the proper responses to your instructor’s commands.
- Don not disturb classmates while they practice.
- Never try to do something you haven’t been taught.
- Never ask to be taught new techniques. Wait for your instructor to teach you.
- Never teach in or out of school if you aren’t qualified and don’t have permission.
- If you want to practice at another Kuk Sool Won school, ask permission from your instructor first.
- Never use martial arts training needlessly. Use it only for good. “With great power comes great responsibility.”
- Be on time for class. Attend class regularly.
- If you arrive late, ask permission to join class. If you must leave early, ask permission and don’t forget to bow yourself out.
- Never wear shoes in the training area.
- When adjusting your uniform, face away from the flag and kneel on your right knee.
- Sit properly with your feet crossed or tucked under you. Do not slouch or lean against the walls.
- Concentrate on your training. Never do anything to obstruct your own or anotherâ€™s learning.
- Practice to your full potential. Push yourself to the limits of your endurance, energy and concentration.
- Keep a strong mind. Don’t let doubts and fears overshadow you. Also don’t show your weariness; it is contagious and will quickly contaminate your classmates.
- Always persevere and have patience! Remember, we need more practice!