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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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” […]

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 […]

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 […]

Healthy choices

The word for this month is Fitness, and we’ve had great participation in our Health and Fitness Initiative. This initiative was open to ANYONE interested in paying some extra attention, making some healthy changes, or supporting family martial arts in this way. As of November 24, 2014, here are our numbers so far: 2,834.5 hours […]

Word of the month: Fitness!

We’ve been so excited about this month’s word. We are really passionate about fitness, and, like so many of the other concepts we teach here at Kuk Sool Won™ of St. Paul, we teach it as a complex, multi-faceted, whole-life skill. Getting better at fitness is not something you only do for an hour a […]

Is exercise fattening?

Our student, John Jo Kyo Nim, leads a workout class in our space on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (editors note: starting September 2013, John JKN’s class is offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings — woot!), and this year he is offering his students some terrific online support with weekly informational and inspirational emails. I’m shamelessly […]

This week’s word: Diet

Diet is everything you put into your body. Have you ever tried keeping a written record of that? It comes as a surprise to almost everyone — we seem to be peculiarly ill-suited to keeping track of what we have eaten and drunk during the day. Here at Kuk Sool Won of St. Paul, we […]

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 […]