How NOT to be a creeper

As a woman in martial arts, I get creeped on a fair amount. Usually it’s harmless — social skills and an interest in martial arts sadly do not always go hand in hand, but most people mean well and aren’t trying to be as off-putting and occasionally threatening as they are. One of the “unfair” […]

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 […]

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 […]

Getting Started

We would love to help you get started in martial arts classes here at Kuk Sool Won™ of St. Paul! We offer 2 free weeks of classes for new students, so if you know that the best way for you or your child to get started is to jump right in, please just email us. We’ll […]

New Year’s Wishes

I got a great card and letter from Sa Bum Nim Kris and Shil Jahng Nim Rich, owners of Kuk Sool Won of Menlo Park, and I’m going to turn the guest blogging over to them today. This is one of the best paragraph’s of well-wishing I’ve ever read, so I’m sharing it with you. […]

A homeschooling perspective

I homeschool my kids. Steffen PSBN homeschools his kids. Well, technically, we homeschool them all together most days, in a group effort wherein one of us pinch hits for the other when time or temper is running short. I was very pleased to recently learn that another of our students is being homeschooled, and even […]

Learning from the Sidelines

From guest blogger, Mel JKN: There are times in Kuk Sool when we’re not part of what’s going on. We may be waiting for the class before ours to finish, we may be waiting while our instructor teaches a technique to our partner, we may be watching a tournament, or we may be sidelined due […]

Back on the Path

Once again, our guest blogger, Mel Martin Jo Kyo Nim: Two weeks after surgery I finally returned to Kuk Sool classes. It was great to be back in the dojang and to see everyone, but at the same time it was very frustrating. For the next five months I am prohibited from running, jumping, bending, […]

A Thank You Note to Kuk Sool

A very special welcome to a guest blogger, Mel Martin Jo Kyo Nim. Some of you may remember Mel JKN as the woman who beat the snot out of her would-be mugger a couple of Thanksgivings ago. Well, she is currently recovering from knee surgery, and, given her history, my money is on Mel JKN […]

Ultimate Black Belt Test

50,000 push ups. 50,000 crunches. 5,000 techniques. 15 minutes of daily meditation. 1,000 acts of kindness. A reading list, wrongs to be righted, relationships to be mended, and writing assignments. Are you exhausted yet? This is the Ultimate Black Belt Test. A program designed by Master Tom Callos, the Ultimate Black Belt Test (UBBT) is a […]