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Great ways to support competitors

I’m still knee-deep in reflections on tournament and competition after last weekend’s World Kuk Sool Association Midwest Tournament. Full disclosure:  I’m a latecomer to this whole rah-rah-competition thing. I played a lot of co-operative games at Quaker camp as a child and the message I got (not to be confused with the message my parents […]

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Win or lose learn.

We just got home from a great weekend in St. Louis, Missouri, where 23 of our students participated in the annual World Kuk Sool Association’s Midwest Tournament. While it’s a pretty long drive from St. Paul, Minnesota, this is the closest tournament that our students can participate in, and we’re always grateful for the enthusiasm […]

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Feeling the feeling all the way through

We’re talking about self-control in our classes this month, and we really try to emphasize that self-control isn’t about achieving perfect control of anything. Rather, self-control is the work that you do, physically, emotionally, and mentally, in your daily effort to improve. Today I talked about emotional self-control, and I’m really emphasizing the work we […]

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WKSA Student/Member Handbook

Here at Kuk Sool Won™ of St. Paul, we are extremely proud to be members of the World Kuk Sool Association, Inc. No other martial arts organization can boast the systematic and comprehensive curriculum, the unification of technique, and the vision and experience of our leadership. We recommend every enrolled student take the time to […]

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Love your body — feed it well!

This month at Kuk Sool Won™ of St. Paul, we are honored to have Collen Moore, Licensed Acupuncturist, L. Ac. Dipl. Ac. NCCAOM, from The Guided Hand Acupuncture teaching two great classes on Diet at our school. Colleen’s career in holistic medicine began as a practitioner of Jin Shin Do Acupressure after graduating from the Health and […]

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Kuk Soolympics!

One of our favorite events each year is our annual in-school tournament, the Kuk Soolympics. We give our students the chance to practice competition in a friendly, supportive environment in part to introduce students to the fun of competition within the greater WKSA community. This year’s Kuk Soolympics will be held Saturday, February 28 from […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]