Kuk Sool Won of Peterborough

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History of Kuk Sool Won™

Unlike any other martial arts style, Kuk Sool Won™ is headed by one master who maintains a strict quality control over all schools that teach Kuk Sool, ensuring that all students learn the art as it has been taught for thousands of years.  Our Grand Master is In Hyuk Suh, whose title is Kuk Sa Nim, or National Instructor.

In Hyuk Suh originally organized the many different facets of ancient and contemporary Korean martial arts into the current curriculum of Kuk Sool Won™ and he is the founder of the World Kuk Sool Association™, formally establishing it in Korea in 1958 Grandmaster Suh’s introduction to the traditional Korean martial arts began at the age of five in the early 1940’s. His first teacher was his grandfather Suh, Myung Duk, who was a Master Instructor of the Korean Royal Court army before the Japanese occupation of Korea in 1910. After returning to his hometown of Taeg, Grandmaster Suh, Myung Duk secretly taught only members of his immediate family, continuing the family’s tradition of practicing the martial arts as it had been done for sixteen generations. When Suh, In Hyuk was old enough to begin his training, he immediately showed such promise that his grandfather decided that he would be the one to whom he would give the greatest attention.

Sadly, Suh, Myung Duk was fatally wounded in the Korean war in 1952. However, the young Suh, In Hyuk continued his training under various masters of the traditional Korean martial arts, thanks to letters of introduction written by his grandfather which opened doors that otherwise would have remained firmly closed. During those early years, he visited literally hundreds of martial art Masters in villages and temples all over Korea and was able to study the many and varied aspects of traditional Korean martial arts from the three major traditions that had evolved over the centuries; the three traditions being:

  • Sa Do Moo Sool or Tribal Martial Arts

  • Bul Doo Moo Sool or Buddhist Martial Arts

  • Koong Joong Moo Sool or Royal Court Martial Arts

In 1958, after many years of study, Suh, In Hyuk systematised and organised the myriad techniques he had learned and created the art of Kuk Sool Won™. It was at this time that he revealed a secret inheritance from his late grandfather of a compilation of five books containing all the knowledge of the Korean Royal Court. With the inheritance of these books, the title of KUK SA NIM was bestowed on the young master, which means, ‘National Martial Art Teacher’ – a title officially recognised by the Korean Government.

Below is a brief timeline Kuk Sool Won across the Globe:

1958 Founding of the martial art of Kuk Sool Won™

1961 Founding of the Korean Kuk Sool Association®

1972 Kuk Sool Won™ recorded in the World Athletic Dictionary as a traditional Korean martial art

1973 Kuk Sool Won™ School established in U.S.A.

1974 Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh emigrates to U.S.A.

1975 Founding of the World Kuk Sool Association®

1975 Kuk Sool Won™ School established in Great Britain

1975 Kuk Sool Won™ School established in Canada

1976-77 40 Kuk Sool Masters appear in Ho Kuk Moo Yea, (translation: Art Used in Defence of the Nation) a documentary produced by the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism

1977 Kuk Sool Won™ school established in Venezuela

1978 Panama International Film Festival bestows its Culture Award to Kuk Sool Won™ for its role in the documentary, Ho Kuk Moo Yea commences annual seminars and special training in U.S.A.

1982 Kuk Sool Won™ hosts first Open Tournament at the Civic Auditorium in San Francisco

1984 Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh voted “Man of the Year” by Black Belt Magazine

1984 Kuk Sool Won™ School established in Iran

1985 Publication of Kuk Sool Won™ handbooks, textbooks, and instructional videos

1988 Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh voted “Instructor of the Year” by Inside Kung Fu Magazine

1988 Commenced annual seminars and special training in United Kingdom

1990 Kuk Sool Won™ hosts First Annual Canadian Tournament

1990 Commenced annual seminars and special training in Canada

1991 Kuk Sool Won™ was selected as an extra curriculum activity for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point

1991 Kuk Sool Won™ School established in Germany

1991 25 U.S. cities now hold a “Kuk Sool Won™ Day”

1992 Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh is presented with the Commander’s Sword by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point

1993 Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh voted “Master of the Year” by Tae Kwon Do Times Magazine

1994 Several universities in the U.S.A. include Kuk Sool Won™ as a regular athletic activity

1994 Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh is presented with the Commander’s Sword by the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs

1995 Kuk Sool Won™ hosts First Annual Tournament at the U.S. Military Academy

1996 Kuk Sool Won™ School established in The Netherlands

1998 Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh is awarded the Suhk Ryoo (Pomegranate) Medal for Civil Merit by the South Korean Government

1998 Commenced annual seminars and special training in Europe

1999 Kuk Sool Won™ School established in Spain

1999 Victory of a Little Giant, a special documentary about Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh produced by the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS aired 3/17)

2000 Kuk Sool Won™ recognised as an Official Governing Body for martial arts by the South Korean Government

2000 Kuk Sool Won™ participates in the Kyung Ju Cultural Expo demonstration members include masters from all over the world and conclude with a final performance for the President of South Korea

2001 World Kuk Sool Association® opens a traditional training facility on the outskirts of Houston (Tomball, TX) incorporating over 20 acres of land

2002 Kuk Sool Won™ hosts the World Kuk Sool Championships at the Civic Auditorium in Kyung Ju this is an international event with over 2000 competitors from across the globe, also received were proclamations for a successful event from many world leaders such as North Kyung Sang Provincial Governor Lee, Kyung Ju City Mayor Baek, over a dozen U.S. State Governors, and U.S. President G.W. Bush

2003 Another TV broadcasting program by MBC titled “Kuk Sool Coming to America” aired in Korea

2004 Publication of a biography of Kuk Sa Nim in Korea by Ms. Moon Young Kin with Sam-Toh Publications

2005 Kuk Sa Nim receives Professor Emeritus from Young San University in Korea

2005 Kuk Sa Nim receives honorary Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena Texas

2005 Chiefmaster In Joo Suh is appointed as the president of Korea Kuk Sool Won as well as the Executive VP of WKSA

2006 Kuk Sool Won became an official baccalaureate program under the Asian Martial Arts Department at Young-San University

2007 Kuk Sa Nim receives the honour of 2007 Recipient of Man-Hae Award in Korea

2008 In October, Kuk Sool Won ™ celebrates its 50th anniversary at the World Championship in Houston, Texas

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