Celebrating Dr. King’s Legacy

Here at Kuk Sool Won™ of St. Paul, we take our celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day pretty seriously. We’ll usually suspend whatever else we’re talking about in a particular month to reflect on Dr. King’s words and work, celebrate his legacy, and challenge our students to continue to work for justice for all […]

MN Rollergirls, March 2009

Kuk Sool + MN RollerGirls = Awesome!

After a 5 year hiatus, we finally got invited back to perform the Pre-Show at the MN RollerGirls December 13, 2014 bout. We LOVE roller derby and LOVE being involved with MNRG, so our thanks go out (again!) to MNRG for letting us be a part of a great night. Check out some videos one […]


Healthy choices

The word for this month is Fitness, and we’ve had great participation in our Health and Fitness Initiative. This initiative was open to ANYONE interested in paying some extra attention, making some healthy changes, or supporting family martial arts in this way. As of November 24, 2014, here are our numbers so far: 2,834.5 hours […]


Word of the month: Fitness!

We’ve been so excited about this month’s word. We are really passionate about fitness, and, like so many of the other concepts we teach here at Kuk Sool Won™ of St. Paul, we teach it as a complex, multi-faceted, whole-life skill. Getting better at fitness is not something you only do for an hour a […]

Kids on Tires at Lion Park photo

Free-range vs. helicopter

I have a lot of friends in their 30s who are having kids. So my news feeds and conversations are including a lot of buzzwords like “helicopter parenting” and “free-range kids.” The folks I know are pretty adamant about NOT being helicopter parents — they intend to let their kids go out and about on […]


In Honor of Ms. Betty Seizinger

We’re talking this month about honor, a word that has tremendous resonance when you associate it with martial arts instruction. Watch any martial arts movie, and the word is likely to come up; honor, or dishonor, is a prevalent theme in traditional Asian or Asian-inspired martial arts movies. Honor, family honor, dishonoring one’s ______ (family, […]


Understanding Etiquette

Etiquette is the system of behavior that governs everything that we do in a Traditional Martial Art. We define etiquette as: “behaving in a manner better than expected.” Another way to think about etiquette is as those behaviors that are motivated by respect. When do we practice etiquette? As martial artists, the expectation is that […]

W & D Roll

Dragon Festival 2014

If you live in St. Paul or Minneapolis, you’ve got a weekend full of fun available at Phalen Park starting on Saturday, July 12. The Dragon Festival is a two-day celebration of Asian Pacific cultures, chock-full of entertainment, athletic, culinary, and artistic activities and opportunities. One of my favorite pieces of the weekend is the […]


Welcome to Kuk Sool Won™ of St. Paul! We are a family-owned martial arts school in the Twin Cities teaching the Traditional Korean martial art of Kuk Sool Won™. We offer fun, fast-paced classes for children, adults, and families that emphasize health and safety, respect for oneself and others, and the behaviors of long-term success […]


Saying Goodbye

We had a couple of students leave us last week. We’ve known for a while that it was coming — their family is moving out of town for professional opportunities, and we’ve been fortunate that they were willing to stay with us right up until moving day. For their final class, we gave everyone in […]


Super Seminar 2014 photographs

As usual, our student and extremely talented photographer, Amy Wurdock, captured fantastic portraits and candid pictures from our 2014 Super Seminars. Please check out the links below — pictures are available for purchase on her website, and it’s a great way to commemorate and honor your or your student’s hard work!  


What to expect at your Introductory Lesson

Here at Kuk Sool Won™ of St. Paul, we offer 2 free weeks of classes to any prospective student (6 years old and older). We start that free trial period off with an Introductory Lesson – a scheduled time during one of our regular classes in which that brand new student gets to work with […]