Kuk Sool Won (Korean: 국술원) also known as, Kuk Sool, is a form of Korean martial Arts. It was founded in 1958 by In Hyuk Suh, also known as Kuk Sa Nim In Hyuk Suh or Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh.[1]

Kuk Sool Won is the collection of techniques from three branches of Traditional Korean Martial arts. These three branches are, Tribal martial arts (Sado Mu Sool), Buddhist martial arts (Buldo Mu Sool), and Royal court martial arts (Koong Joong Mu Sool).[2] Techniques from the three branches were put together by Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh to form Kuk Sool Won.[3] He was passed down the knowledge of the techniques by his grandfather, Myung-duk Suh, who was a master instructor to the royal courts.[4]

Kuk Sool Won™ is a systematic study of all of the traditional fighting arts, which together comprise the martial arts history of Korea. As a martial arts system, Kuk Sool Won™ is extremely well-organized; and seeks to integrate and explore the entire spectrum of established Asian fighting arts and body conditioning techniques, as well as mental development and traditional weapons training. The following list includes some, but by no means all, of the elements of Kuk Sool Won™: hand techniques, leg techniques, throws and grappling, joint lock techniques, falling and acrobatics, body conditioning, animal style techniques, traditional Korean weapons, martial arts healing methods, meditation and breathing. [5]

It is a form of self-defense which uses strikes, kicks, grappling, joint locks, as well as traditional weapons training and healing techniques.

In 1991, Kuk Sool Won™ was selected as an extra curricular activity for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and in 1992, Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh was presented with the Commander’s Sword at West Point.[6][7][8]


Kuk Sool Won practitioners don uniforms or dobok. All the uniforms are black in colour, which represents wisdom in Korean culture.[9]

There are three types of uniforms for Kuk Sool Won.

Ranking System[10]Edit

Name Title
Kuk Sa Nim Grandmaster (10th degree Black Belt)
Su Suhk Kwang Jang Nim Chiefmaster (9th degree Black Belt)
Suhn Im Kwang Jahng Nim Executive Master (8th degree Black Belt)
Ji Do Kwang Jahng Nim Senior Master (7th degree Black Belt)
Joo Im Kwang Jahng Nim Head Master (6th degree Black Belt)
Pyung Kwan Jahng Nim Master (5th degree Black Belt)
Sa Bum Nim Instructor (4th degree Black Belt)
Pu Sa Bum Nim Deputy Instructor (3rd degree Black Belt)
Kyo Sa Nim Assistant Instructor (2nd degree Black Belt)
Jo Kyo Nim Assistant Instructor (1st degree Black Belt)
Dahn Boh Nim Black-Brown Belt
Ja Di Brown Belt
Hohng Di Red Belt
Chuhng Di Blue Belt
Noh Rahng Di Yellow Belt
Hin Di White Belt


  1. ^ "Traditional Korean Martial Arts - Kuk Sool Won". www.kuksoolwon.com. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  2. ^ Suh, In Hyuk (1993). Kuk Sool Won Traditional Korean Martial Art Textbook Volume 1. Magnolia, Texas: World Kuk Sool Association. p. 14.
  3. ^ Viljoen, Andries (12 April 2018). "국술원 Kuk Sool Won: A Comprehensive Martial Arts System". Medium. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Founder Of Kuk Sool Won™". Martial Arts Bexhill. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  5. ^ "A Comprehensive Martial Arts System". Kuk Sool Won. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Founder of Kuk Sool Won". Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  7. ^ Hallander, Jane (March 1993). "Martial Arts Training at West Point: Kuk Sool Gives Army Cadets Realistic Combat Techniques". Black Belt. Valencia. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  8. ^ "Kuk Sool Won at West Point". Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  9. ^ "General - Hanyang University". www.hanyang.ac.kr. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Korean Terminology". Kuk Sool Won NY. 5 September 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2019.

Further readingEdit

  • Suh, In Hyuk (1991). Kuk Sool Won Staff Techniques. Pusa: World Kuk Sool Association.
  • Suh, In Hyuk (1991). Kuk Sool Won Sword Techniques. Pusa: World Kuk Sool Association.
  • Harmon, R. Barry (2007). 5,000 Years of Korean Martial Arts: The Heritage of the Hermit Kingdom Warriors. Indianapolis: Dog Ear Publishing. ISBN 9781598585636.
  • Harmon, R. Barry (2016). The Power of Pressure Points. Indianapolis: Dog Ear Publishing. ISBN 9781457543418.
  • Harmon, R. Barry (2017). Kuk Sool Goong: Korean Martial Art Archery. Indianapolis: Dog Ear Publishing. ISBN 9781457557552.

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