Kuk Sool Won™ of Oak Hill Martial Arts
Is this 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, and weapons in addition to kicking and 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 student begin at white belt regardless of a rank achieved in another martial arts.
I learned Kuk Sool Won™ a long time ago. Do I have to start over as a White Belt?
Once you have earned a belt in Kuk Sool Won™, the belt rank is never withdrawn. Re-new your membership – take with you your Kuk Sool Won ID Card which shows your current rank- signed and approved by your previous Instructor. You new instructor will review with you all the material that is required for that rank. Once both you and the instructor are satisfied that you have demonstrated the abilities of that rank, you will once again continue to progress to the next rank. The length of time this will take will depend on your class attendance and your learning and retention capabilities.
I am in my 40’s and have an old injury that bothers me from time to time. Can I train?
We work around injuries and can tailor your training to fit what you can physically do. If you have a preexisting medical condition that will affect your martial arts training or become aggravated with repetitive martial arts training, please see a doctor for a release before starting the martial arts program. Ask your instructor to modify techniques, strikes, and forms if you find them too difficult. For some people, it might be enough to tone down the intensity of the movements. For others, it might be necessary to avoid certain techniques or movements altogether. Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, so be sure to talk to us if you have any questions as we want the martial arts to be a fit for your lifestyle.
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 the 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?
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 6 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. 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 9-ADULT test every 2-4 months (AGES 6-8 test every 3-5 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 have to 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 the first Saturday in October in Galveston, Texas that we participate in as a school as “Team Oak Hill” and look forward to each year. PKJN Tim believes 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. Tournament is geared specifically to allow students to complete in all areas of training with the rings being divided up by age and rank. In a Kuk Sool Won™ Tournament students may compete in empty hand forms, weapons forms (advanced belts), sparring (with light to no-contact rules), and techniques. WKSA World Tournament is a required part of your martial arts training.
- WKSA Super Seminar is an annual event 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.