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; […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

In Honor of Ms. Betty Seizinger

We’re talking this month about honor, a word that has tremendous resonance when you associate it with martial arts instruction. Watch any martial arts movie, and the word is likely to come up; honor, or dishonor, is a prevalent theme in traditional Asian or Asian-inspired martial arts movies. Honor, family honor, dishonoring one’s ______ (family, […]

What to expect at your Introductory Lesson

Here at Kuk Sool Won™ of St. Paul, we offer 2 free weeks of classes to any prospective student (6 years old and older). We start that free trial period off with an Introductory Lesson – a scheduled time during one of our regular classes in which that brand new student gets to work with […]

Epic Quotes from Master Sung Jin Suh

2013 update: There was originally a video that went along with these words that no longer exists (that I can find, anyway). But these words of wisdom from Master Sung Jin Suh persist. Kuk Sool Won Practice Basics: Memory Strength Stretch Center Balance Stamina Power Connection Meditation Speed Kuk Sool Won Practice Principles: Stop Leads […]

Learning from the Sidelines

From guest blogger, Mel JKN: There are times in Kuk Sool when we’re not part of what’s going on. We may be waiting for the class before ours to finish, we may be waiting while our instructor teaches a technique to our partner, we may be watching a tournament, or we may be sidelined due […]

Back on the Path

Once again, our guest blogger, Mel Martin Jo Kyo Nim: Two weeks after surgery I finally returned to Kuk Sool classes. It was great to be back in the dojang and to see everyone, but at the same time it was very frustrating. For the next five months I am prohibited from running, jumping, bending, […]


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 […]

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 […]

How to Tie your Martial Arts Belt

There are a couple of ways to tie your Martial Arts belt but the most basic way is shown in the diagram below. Many beginners have a problem tying their own belt so why not post about it. If you feel like putting your dress belts on like this, have fun looking like a stallion […]