The New Face of In-person Teaching

Man. This year… *shakes head*   So far, we’ve shut down, forgone having a commercial space, lost 67% of our revenue, learned to teach effectively online, turned our bedroom into a video studio, taught classes in the park, and shared space with another martial arts school part-time (HUGE thank you to Twin Cities Aikido!). It’s […]

Martial arts in the time of COVID-19

As of today, June 10, Gov. Walz has relaxed some of the restrictions on gyms and schools like ours, and the Minnesota Department of Health has issued some great guidelines and suggestions for keeping folks as safe as possible in “high-risk” activities like martial arts. Based on those guidelines, we’re going to continue to focus […]

Stay home, stay healthy

By executive order 20-04, we are closed until at least March 27, 2020. If you’re a currently enrolled student, we have all kinds of great online and remote options for you to continue to train with us! If you’re looking for a great community of folks who like to have fun and move in healthy […]

Holiday schedule

During the week of Christmas, we’ll be open Monday, Dec. 23, Thursday, Dec. 26, Saturday, Dec. 28 for all regular classes. During the week of New Year’s, we’ll be open Monday, Dec. 30, Thursday, Jan. 2, and Saturday, Jan. 4 for all regular classes. We hope you’ll join us for pre- and post-holiday classes!

Fitness Fundamentals class starting soon!

If you’re looking to try a new fitness class, with a real emphasis on whole-person health, check out our 6-week Fitness Fundamentals class! It’s a body-weight, core-focused, foundational-movement exercise class for adults (age 16 and older). Learn the correct and safe way to do those fundamental exercises that help keep your body strong, supported, and […]

Open House Sat. Sept. 14th!

OPEN HOUSE! Saturday, September 14, 11am to 3pm Kuk Sool Won of St. Paul Family martial arts school 800 Transfer Road Saint Paul 55114 Free activities: • 11:30am – all ages (6 and older) martial arts class • 12:30pm – martial arts demonstration • 1:30pm – adult (13 and older) martial arts class • 2:00pm […]

What does “control” mean?

When we talk about self-control this month, the hardest piece for most of us is applying a useful definition of the word “control.” Control in this context is a journey, rather than a destination. It’s the work we’re doing, rather than the the result we’ve produced. So if I’m practicing self-control, it’s not that I’ve […]

Supporting perseverance

Perseverance is one of those concepts that parents love to hear us teach. Parents are often the people who get the fewest opportunities to see their children work hard, and it can be easy to feel like your kids just don’t try, or don’t try hard enough, or don’t keep trying long enough. And we worry; […]

Getting emotionally fit

I’m focusing this month on emotional fitness, in part, because I’m feeling particularly grateful right now for my own emotional fitness — hello, stable emotional state and relative mental health. It’s been a while…. As always, it’s important to say, repeat, and yell again that the divisions we use to differentiate between emotional, physical, and […]

Leading through pain

Last week, we elected Donald Trump as our next president. In my circle of friends, business associates, students, family, and just about everyone I talk to on any given day, this was tragic, terrifying, and devastating. Just so you know where I’m coming from. Since Wednesday, I’ve had numerous people ask me for specific advice […]

Be The Match Donor Drive

Hey folks, One of our students, Melissa Jo Kyo Nim, got a bone marrow transplant this June as treatment (and cure!) for Fanconi Anemia and Common Variable Immunodeficiency. Melissa JKN, her husband Eric Dahn Bo Nim, and her two kids, Dylan JKN and Kailey JKN, have been important and supportive members of our school for […]

I’m being patient with you

I am not a patient person. It’s one of my favorite compliments to get though:  “Oh, you’re so patient with your students.” Because that means I’ve managed to fake patience SO WELL, that I might actually have treated someone with compassion and kindness rather than beating them senseless, which is what my brain was screaming […]