Kuk Sool Won™ of Perth is one of Scotland's newest Kuk Sool Won schools. We teach traditional Korean martial arts to adults and children of all abilities from complete novice to advanced level. Our classes offer lots of variety and no two classes are the same. Through a huge comprehensive syllabus you will learn this ancient martial art at your own pace and become a true martial artist (see below for details of what you will learn). Leave every class with a sense of achievement, feel more positive, get fitter, stronger and develop your mind, all whilst having great fun. Through consistent training we will help you progress through the ranks, from White belt all the way through to Black belt and beyond. With emphasis on positive energy, life balance and peace within ones self. We bring out the best in each Kuk Sool Practitioner. 

Joint locking pressure points traditional Korean weapons leg techniques hand techniques 
throws and grappling falling and acrobatics  body conditioning  meditation and breathing

What is Kuk Sool Won?

The traditional martial art of Kuk Sool Won™ is a complete martial arts system with a fundamental focus on self-discipline and respect.

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 exteremely 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 name Kuk Sool Won™ literally translates to National (in this case Korean) Martial Arts Association and encompasses over fifty different Korean styles taken from three primary cultural sub-groups: Family Martial Arts, Buddhist Martial Arts & Royal Court Martial Arts

The following list includes some, but by no means all, of the elements of Kuk Sool Won™.

You will Learn:


Closed and open hand striking methods, including: 

palm, fist, wrist, finger, and specialised hand training techniques
Pressure point striking
Striking with arm and shoulder

Blocking and parrying


Fundamental kicks- front, inside, outside, & more

Advanced kicks - jumping, spinning, combination, double leg 
Pressure point kicking
Speciality kicking


Body throws, projection throws, hip throws, leg throws

Pressure point grappling

Grappling defense

Wrestling techniques

Ground fighting


Restraining methods
 - Joint breaking techniques
 - Combination joint locking
 - Control and redirection techniques
 - Arresting and pain-compliance techniques


- Body conditioning and agility techniques. 
 - Body protection techniques. 
 - Acrobatics for defense and offense.


 - Overall stretching and flexibility training
 - Cardiovascular conditioning
 - Muscle toning
 - Ligament and tendon strengthening
 - Joint flexibility and bone conditioning


Techniques based on the movements and/or characteristics
     of certain “martial” animals such as:
        - Tiger
        - Praying Mantis
        - Crane
        - Dragon
        - Snake
        - Bear
        - Eagle   


 - Sword: short & long, single or double, straight or inverted 
 - Staff: short, middle & long, single or double 
 - Jointed Staff (flail): double or triple 
 - Spear 
 - Cane 
 - Rope 
 - Fan 
 - Bow & Arrow 
 - There are 24 different traditional Korean Royal Court weapons in the curriculum of Kuk Sool Won™


 - Various breath control techniques 
 - Meditation and breathing postures 
 - Concentration techniques

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As you can see, Kuk Sool Won™ covers an extensive variety of martial art techniques. But it is not merely concerned with methods of attack and defense, Kuk Sool Won™ also includes the study of healing techniques and the development of internal power, in addition to the physical training. Mental development is of equal importance in Kuk Sool Won™ and helps to instill self-confidence and self-discipline, a calm self-assurance, and the psychological and spiritual values which are traditionally associated with the character of a martial artist. 
Although Kuk Sool Won™ as it is practiced today is relatively new, its roots stretch far and deep to the very beginnings of the Korean people. This early history and the ancient traditions upon which this art is founded should be viewed as important as the physical techniques themselves, for it is only from the understanding and appreciation of these classical roots that one is able to grow as a student of the martial arts.

Kuk Sool Won™ is a traditional martial art proven to be effective in modern times. More importantly it is embedded with values and discipline that are paramount if we are to live in communities that respect and trust one another. Kuk Sool Won™ offers a perspective and curriculum of martial arts that is not available anywhere else. 


Grandmaster In-Hyuk Suh
Kuk Sa Nim, Founder

Kuk Sa Nim (which means “National Teacher”) developed and compiled the various forms of lost and forgotten Korean traditional martial arts. Kuk Sa Nim coined the term, Kuk Sool Won, because he wanted his art to best represent the comprehensive martial art of Korea that has thrived and demonstrated its prowess and effectiveness throughout 5000 years of history.

Kuk Sool Won™ teaches a traditional/ancient martial art covering the entire spectrum of martial arts that includes but is not limited to hand strikes, kicks, joint locks, grappling, throws, pressure points, weapons etc...

But it is much more than a means of attack and defence.

Kuk Sool Won™ is structured to take a practitioner in a logical progression from the beginning all the way up to Master level.

As opposed to the other popular modern day Korean martial arts, Kuk Sool Won™ uses completely different spinning techniques and low stances. 

In 1974, when Kuk Sool Won™ was better known and more popular with the public, In-Hyuk Suh took his martial art to the USA and the World Kuk Sool Association® was formed a year later.

Kuk Sool Won™ was first brought to the UK in 1988 when the first tournament was held.

The demands of an expanding global presence dictated moving to a more central location, and in 1991 the World Kuk Sool Association® was relocated to Houston, Texas.

The organisation now boasts in excess of 1.3 million members with over 800 schools worldwide in 30 different countries.


If you are interested in finding out more about Kuk Sool Won™ and our Grandmaster Kuk Sa Nim, please a take a look at the official WKSA website www.kuksoolwon.com