Understanding testing

Congratulations on being invited to test at Kuk Sool Won™ of St. Paul! One aspect of our curriculum is our belt-ranking system. Belt color and rank identify where a student is in our curriculum – white belts (beginners) aren’t learning blue belt (intermediate) material. Testing is the tool we use to move students through the […]

Why use titles?

What comes to your mind when you hear, “Yes Sir!”? A scene from a war movie? Was it said with gung ho enthusiasm by a fresh faced recruit or with near-the-breaking-point contempt by the scarred, broken soldier? A flashback to really bad fan fiction turned international best seller/blockbuster movie? Your childhood? Or stories of your […]

Care and Keeping of Your Black Belt

Congratulations on your achievement! You are now the proud owner of a brand-new black belt! Unlike the belts you wore prior to this, black belts are a particular and peculiar breed. It’s as if you’ve graduated from goldfish to your first salt-water aquarium, and the lifespan of your black belt will be significantly enhanced if […]

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” […]

What does 8.9 really mean?

This is my final post of reflections on this year’s World Kuk Sool Association Midwest Tournament. My hope is to address the perennial question that I hear both at and after tournament: “My son usually gets scores like 9.8 and 9.9. How come that judge (imagine angry finger pointing here) gave him an 8.9?!” So here […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, January 30, 2016 […]

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 […]