A Look at Kuk Sool Won

November 20, 2013

A Chicago native, Daniel Maddalozzo attends Loyola University Chicago, where he is studying film production, history, and anthropology. During his spare time, Daniel Maddalozzo practices martial arts. Considering the Korean style Kuk Sool Won his favorite, Daniel Maddalozzo holds the rank of a blue belt.

Martial arts have played an important part in Korean culture for millennia. Until relatively recently, Korea divided its martial arts styles into three forms: tribal (SahDoh MuSool), Buddhist (BoolKyo MuSool), and royal court (KoongJoong MuSool). Each method taught different techniques and utilized different weapons. In 1958, In-hyuk Suh combined all three into a single style called Kuk Sool Won, and it holds worldwide recognition for its comprehensive nature.

People who practice Kuk Sool Won train in multiple areas. Students learn hand techniques, such as pressure-point striking, leg techniques, including specialty kicking, and various types of throws and grapples. The falling and acrobatic components of Kuk Sool Won enhance body protection and agility. Moreover, advanced students can learn proper use of the 24 different traditional Korean Royal Court weapons, which range from spears and canes to jointed staffs and swords.