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 […]

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 […]

Best Quality Kuk Sool Video Ever

Kwan Jang Nim Alex Suh recently had a professional video made to promote his 2 new schools down in Texas. Fortunately for everyone else he offers the video to help other schools who would like to use it. Enjoy!


o In interviews and talks with instructors one of the recurring themes that comes up is perseverance. This sequence (done without any computer help) took 600 tries to get just once. Now think about Ki Cho Hyung. We are trying to do about a hundred (depending on how you count it) moves in a precise sequence […]

Martial Arts Functional Conditioning

“Functional conditioning” is THE buzzword in the fitness industry right now, though, like most ideas, it isn’t exactly new, just newly repackaged and marketed. It seems that the billion dollars worth of exercise machines filling fitness centers across the country really don’t do all that much for our health. Machines (as any fourth grader who […]

Secrets of the True Martial Arts Instructor

So I am sitting in Houston Airport waiting for my flight (we’ve been delayed three hours so far), and I’m trying not to let the frustration ruin what has been an outstanding weekend. I have spent the last three days with my fellow instructors at the Kuk Sool Won annual instructor training. There were instructors […]

Newest Requirement for Black Belt Testing

Within the last year Kuk Sool Headquarters has started to require every student to learn and verbally recite the Kuk Sool Won pledge at your Black Belt test. So read, learn, and recite the World Kuk Sool Won Association pledge. Kuk Sool Won Pledge 1. As a member of the Kuk Sool Won, I pledge […]

Apparently Tom Cruise Loves Kuk Sool

This is one you will probably email to all your friends. Adapted from a recent video interview that got a lot of bad press for Scientology. However, he was apparently hilariously talking about Kuk Sool! Who woulda thought?!?! * Big thank you to AirNick productions for puttin’ this video out there. Hilarious job.

The Three Pillars of Self Defense – Kuk Sool True Story

* True Account by Head Instructor Steffen Kellogg from Kuk Sool Won™ of St Paul, Minnesota I have always loved stories of Kuk Sool being successfully used in self-defense. But until recently I had not been in an altercation that went to the extreme of actual physical confrontation. I had always been able to talk […]

Knives, Fans, and Monks…Oh My!

I asked Photographer Jason Teale for some of his amazing images for our blog readers and he thankfully said yes. Jason is currently teaching English in South Korea and is also currently testing for Kyo Sa Nim. He took these beautiful images of Knife Defense (Dahn Do Maki), Fan Techniques (Bu Chae Sool), and Monk […]

Those Pesky Pressure Points – Guide to Korean Names

Maek Chi Ki (Pressure Point Striking with the Hands) Yuhl Gyuhl Hyul (lung 7) Soo Sahm Ri Hyul (large intestine 10) Chuhn Boo Hyul (lung 3) Geuk Chuhn Hyul (heart 1) Hohn Soo Hyul (not on a meridian) Gaek Joo In (gall bladder 3) Hohn Soo Hyul (not on a meridian) Dae Po Hyul (spleen […]