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 […]

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 […]

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 […]