Kuk Sool Won™ of Oak Hill Martial Arts
Is Kuk Sool Won™ Karate?
Kuk Sool Won™ is the name of the art. A system that builds on each level achieved, it is a Korean martial arts system that consists of traditional forms, self-defense techniques, falling techniques, weapons, kicking, punching, and a myriad of other skills forming a comprehensive system.
I previously studied a different martial art. Can I keep my same rank?
Each Martial Art has its own requirements to reach a particular rank. While we recognize the work and dedication it takes to reach certain belt levels in another martial arts system, all students begin at white belt regardless of a rank achieved in another martial arts.
What is the World Kuk Sool Association?
The World Kuk Sool Association, Inc. is the governing body of all the Official Kuk Sool Won™ Schools worldwide and is the largest organization of its type in the world. Kuk Sool Won™ is a registered trademark. Because of this, no one can just say that they teach Kuk Sool Won™.
Is Kuk Sool Won™ of Oak Hill Martial Arts parts of WKSA?
Kuk Sool Won™ of Oak Hill Martial Arts is a registered member of the World Kuk Sool Association and we are required to adhere to the Official Kuk Sool Won™ Curriculum Syllabus.
Kuk Sool Won™ of Oak Hill Martial Arts School Owners and Black Belt Instructor Team:
- Are WKSA Certified Instructors;
- Have their own WKSA Certified Instructor with WKSA HQ;
- Are learning their next rank curriculum and have understanding with practicing students;
- Attend frequent WKSA trainings, workshops, tournaments, seminars, and events;
- Have successfully passed their FBI Fingerprint and Background Checks;
- Are CPR, First Aid, and AED Certified
My child is on medication and/or has special needs. Can they take martial arts?
Before you begin any physical activity, you should always consult with your doctor first. You should inform the school owners of any medical conditions, limitations, medications, or allergies that the student has that might affect their martial arts training.
What is a good age to start martial arts?
RIGHT NOW! We offer age-specific classes (4-6; 7-12; 13+ adult) as well as classes that allow families to train together. Our classes provide quality martial arts instruction for men, women, and children as young as age four, as well as older adults of all ages.
How often do I need to attend classes?
All students progress at their own pace, according to their own abilities, and are encouraged to attend as often as their schedule allows. We do ask for twice a week for color belt students and three times a week for DBN’s and Black Belt students. We offer an unlimited class schedule 7 days a week and private lessons are also available for reviewing curriculum and preparing for tests and tournament.
Why are the uniforms black?
Black Uniforms were worn by the ancient Korean Royal Court Soldiers, and in Eastern culture, black is considered to be pure and good.
Why do I have to bow?
Kuk Sool Won™ is a Traditional Korean Martial Art, and, in Korea, bowing is a respectful greeting, just like shaking hands: it is not an indication that one person is subservient to another nor does it have anything to do with religion or worship. Bowing is the most obvious way to show respect. As a martial arts student, you will bow frequently. The most important thing to remember is to bow anytime you are instructed to.
Bow whenever you enter or leave the practice area of the school. Bending at the waist with hands by the side or holding the belt and saying “Kuk Sool” is the correct way to bow.
When you first see an instructor, bow to him/her as you greet them. When you leave the school, bow to the instructors as you bid them farewell. Shaking hands is not necessary when you bow; however, you may do both.
Bow “in” before practice and bow “out” after practice. These six bows are done from a kneeling position at the beginning and ending of each class:
- The first bow is to The National (American) flag
- The second bow is to the World Kuk Sool Won™ Association flag
- The third bow is to the Grandmaster
- The fourth bow is to the Head Instructor
- The fifth bow is to any other Black Belt Instructors of the class
- The sixth bow is to begin/end the class
If you are in the school when a class bows in/out, always bow with the class, even if you are not ready for class or are not staying for the class. If you are in street clothes at the time of bowing, stand with your hands at your side and bow as normal.
The bow is executed by bending forward from the waist slightly, about 45 to 90 degrees. The spine should be straight. Do not bend your neck forward or look up at your partner. Your eyes should be lowered, but you should still be able to see, using peripheral vision, all of the people to whom you are bowing. If you are in uniform, your hands should be holding your belt in the attention position; if you are in street clothes, keep your arms at your sides.
If you have personal or religious reasons for not fully bowing, you can make the slight movement of a bow without lowering your head below your heart.
What do I call my instructor?
We call the instructor by their rank or Sir or Ma’am. As in any walk of life- calling someone Sir and Ma’am is a sign of respect and good manners. In martial arts training, good manners are paramount. Your fellow students and instructors will also demonstrate their respect for you, by addressing you as Sir or Ma’am.
How do I advance through the ranks for testing?
Testing is scheduled monthly; however, students are not eligible to test every month. Typically, most students AGES 4-6 test every 3-6 month, AGES 9-12 test every 3-5 months, and 13-ADULT test every 2-4 months, depending upon regular weekly attendance (minimum of two times per week or more), curriculum knowledge, practicing at home, attitude, and overall behavior in class. Each student needs to demonstrate a positive and respectful attitude towards their instructors, black belts, and peers. Having a good attitude at all times is a very important aspect of martial arts training.
We pretest the week of the test and when the instructor feels you have learned the material for the next level well enough to test (and it has been at least 2 months since your last test) and you have a good attitude in class, the instructor will give you a testing sheet and invite you to test. For each test, you will demonstrate not only the new material for that level but also all the material you have learned before.
If you are invited to test and must miss due to a schedule conflict, you can either miss that test and wait until the following testing cycle or you can request to have a private test with an instructor. You must complete the test within one week of the original test date and if not, you will have to be retested again the following testing cycle. You will have to pay the testing fee along with the instructor fee, which varies depending upon the rank of the instructor (PKJN $75/hr; SBN $65/hr; PSBN $55/hr; KSN $45/hr)
Is there any required training outside of regular class attendance?
WKSA World Tournament is an annual event held on Saturday, October 9, 2021, in Galveston, Texas that we participate in as a school as “Team Oak Hill” and look forward to each year. Tournament competition is very important for developing self-confidence and for increasing one’s martial art skills. The experience gained and the connection that is established with the Kuk Sool Won™ world family and friends are extremely important for understanding the larger picture of one’s training.
Attendance at the tournament is a crucial part of your journey in Kuk Sool and will determine whether you can test to the next rank. The level of focus needed to stand and compete against fellow practitioners is the same level of focus needed to attain the next rank; for this reason, they must go hand in hand.
The tournament is a friendly, family-orientated event where students of the same rank, age, and experience compete together in up to 6 events in front of Black Belt Judges. We always advise that students enter as many events as they have available and we will prepare them accordingly.
The events are as follows:
White Belt – Red Belt:
- Traditional forms
- Self-defense techniques – 3 techniques and a falling partner assigned
Brown Belt & DBN Levels have the addition of Staff Spinning.
Your Black Belt Team competes as well! Black Belts have the additional events of Sword form, Staff form, and Board breaking.
Special tournament training classes begin around 3 months prior to the tournament and run every Saturday morning at the school.
Please keep in mind there are other nationwide and worldwide WKSA Tournaments that we encourage you to compete in as well:
- Bowie, Maryland
- Sacramento, California
- Louis, Missouri
- Fort Smith, Arkansas
- Great Lakes, New York
- Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
- Motherwell, Scotland
- Norwich, UK
- Liverpool, UK
- Kimhae, South Korea
WKSA Super Seminar is an annual event held on the first Saturday in May in Austin, Texas, and is a great opportunity to meet and learn from Grandmaster Kuk Sa Nim. Kuk Sa Nim brings three special guests with him to Kuk Sool Won™ of Oak Hill: SSKJN Barry Harmon, SSKJN Sung Jin Suh, and SIKJN Alex Suh. Super Seminar will help you to fine-tune your knowledge of Kuk Sool Won™ and is a required part of your martial arts training.
Do you spar in Kuk Sool Won™?
For the beginners, we start with sparring drills and then advance to very light Kuk Sool Won-style tournament sparring (light to no contact). Non-contact sparring is an art form that requires skill, technique, and quick reflexes and improves timing and reflexes, and teaches the student how to read an opponent’s every movement. It is our belief that children and adults will derive the most benefit from exercising self-control and practicing light to no contact sparring.
Our main emphasis for students of all levels of sparring ability is to show respect and self-control to other students, instructors, and judges at all times. Students will progress in skill and develop grace as well as technique as they progress through the ranks, and sparring will remain a fun and safe learning experience for all students.
All safety equipment is mandatory for all sparring competition. The mandatory equipment includes headgear, mouthpiece, cup for men/boys, boots, and gloves. You will not be allowed to spar missing any part of the required sparring gear.