Hidden Secrets of Kuk Sool Won™

The idea of “secret techniques” in the martial arts has always fascinated people. Verbal tradition, urban legend, movies, and television have all perpetuated the idea that there are secrets that allow martial artists to achieve near super-human powers with the right training and practice. Like all legends, there must be some kernel of truth to […]

Ten Exercises that will Make Taking Martial Art Classes More Fun and Less Scary

Most people like the idea of being a martial artist. It sounds cool, and honestly it is cool. What we don’t like is getting started and actually doing the work necessary to become a martial artist. Beginning is the hardest part. Most of us remember gym classes from high school where everyone seemed to know […]

Finding Kuk Sool Won

I’ve been practicing Kuk Sool for about fifteen years or so now. From the time I was a child I had always wanted to learn “karate”. I lived outside of town and we usually only had one car, which my dad took to work. He was always tired when he got home and leaving to […]

Traditional Martial Art as Compared to Modern (Mixed) Martial Art

I’ve talked in the past about how our area of the state and country has produced a lot of great “fighters”. If those guys were training today, you can bet that they would be doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and wrestling in addition to kickboxing and Karate. All of these “Combat Sports” are considered “realistic” martial arts. […]

Tai Chi, Cardio Kickboxing, Cross Training, Yoga, and other Distractions

I am sometimes contacted by people who want to learn something very specific: say, tai chi, yoga or cardio-kickboxing. I have done these activities in the past, but I don’t teach them. Not because they don’t have benefits. They do. Strength training, cardio-vascular work, and the rest all have their place. I have problems with […]


Have you ever hear someone use the word “Americanized” as an insult? Maybe not directly, but in an insulting way? I have, and it’s getting harder for me to keep quiet about it when it happens. Here’s why. When someone laments the “Americanization” of something, they are speaking from a culturally conservative point of view. […]

Good Pain vs Bad Pain

I can’t find a good online definition for “pain”. They all talk about physical pain being “discomfort caused by illness or injury”. Martial artists, heck, anyone who has done fifty sit-ups on a whim knows that pain doesn’t have to come from “illness or injury”. Do me a favor. Reach over and pinch your arm. Feel that? Is there […]

Introductory Classes

If there is one thing that my students and I all agree on, it is that we need a new location for our school. Something permanent where we can stretch out, push ourselves, enjoy ourselves, and become the best martial artists that we can be. In order to do this, we simply need more students. […]