It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood

Have you noticed a young woman in classes taking pictures recently? Julia has been visiting Kuk Sool Won of St. Paul taking pictures for the University Avenue Project. Photographer Wing Young Huie, in collaboration with Public Art St. Paul and with funding from the Joyce Foundation, is creating a six-mile gallery of 360 photographs in […]

Women’s Flat Track Derby

Yeah, I’m talkin’ about roller derby. But it’s not what you think. I went to my first bout not really knowing what to expect, and what I saw was a fast-paced, hard-driving sport that owed as much of its appeal to truly gifted athleticism as to the admittedly fun dramatics. Yes, the girls throw around […]

Epic Quotes from Master Sung Jin Suh

2013 update: There was originally a video that went along with these words that no longer exists (that I can find, anyway). But these words of wisdom from Master Sung Jin Suh persist. Kuk Sool Won Practice Basics: Memory Strength Stretch Center Balance Stamina Power Connection Meditation Speed Kuk Sool Won Practice Principles: Stop Leads […]

Practicing gratitude: the Thanksgiving post

I’m thankful that I co-own a martial arts school and don’t have to have a real job. I’m thankful for every student who walks through those doors. I’m thankful for a family that loves and supports me, even if they can’t remember the name of whatever it is that I do all the time. I’m […]

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 […]

The New Depression

My ex asked me the other day how we were faring in the face of the “mini-Depression.” It’s a small business, he figured, and we don’t exactly offer what most people consider a necessary commodity. And the bleak economy is affecting almost everyone at some level. I told him the truth: we’re growing steadily, retaining […]

Chuck Norris…just because.

Thanks to Scott Wood Hohng Di for forwarding a link to this site. Here are some fun facts about Mr. Norris. When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris. Chuck Norris doesn’t read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants. There is no […]

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 […]

The Day of Judgment

Tournaments make for a very long day… for the judges. As members of a traditional martial art that focuses so heavily on etiquette we should really do our best to thank the judges. Unfortunately, I always hear a lot of complaints. I even remember doing some complaining myself. So, in the spirit of contrition, I […]

Indomitable Spirit

Every once in a while I see a story about a real-life self-defense incident that just makes me smile. Recently I read a perfect story from Lighthouse Point, Florida. Apparently back belt and marathon runner by the name of Margot Foster, 53, came home and found a man (aged 24) ransacking her house. The surprised […]