Founder of Kuk Sool Won
 
 

  In Hyuk Suh is the founder, Grandmaster and President of the World Kuk Sool Association®. He has studied martial arts for more than 50 years, receiving his first instruction from his grandfather, Myung Deuk Suh, a master-instructor to the Korean Royal Court. After his grandfather's death, he traveled throughout the Far East seeking out and studying additional aspects of the martial arts.

  The knowledge he acquired from his grandfather and subsequent masters enabled him to establish Kuk Sool Won™. His organization now boasts 1.3 million members with over 800 schools worldwide in 27 different countries. Although expert in every aspect of martial arts, Grandmaster Suh is especially renowned for his mastery of pressure point and joint manipulation.

  Additionally, Kuk Sool Won™ has been mentioned in over 300 articles and featured on more than 60 front covers by world famous magazines in the United States, England, Spain, Iran, Germany, Mexico, and Venezuela. While the following list of accomplishments include items accrued not only by himself but by the organizations he founded, the reason for this can be found in the excerpt below, taken from the “Letter from the Grandmaster” which is written to all practitioners of Kuk Sool Won™ and located in the front of the Textbooks he provided as an aid to understanding such a unique and comprehensive martial art.

 
“Any distinction or honor granted to me or to any member of this
organization is a credit to the organization as a whole, including
all the individuals who make up this vast organization.”

- In Hyuk Suh

 
1958
Founding of the martial art of Kuk Sool Won™


1961
Founding of the Korean Kuk Sool Association®


1972
Kuk Sool Won™ recorded in the World Athletic Dictionary as a traditional Korean martial art


1973
Kuk Sool Won™ School established in U.S.A.


1974

Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh emigrates to U.S.A.


1975
Founding of the World Kuk Sool Association®

Kuk Sool Won™ School established in Great Britain

Kuk Sool Won™ School established in Canada


1976-77
40 Kuk Sool Masters appear in Ho Kuk Moo Yea, (translation: Art Used in Defense of the Nation) a documentary produced by the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism


1977
Kuk Sool Won™ school established in Venezuela


1978
Panama International Film Festival bestows its Culture Award to Kuk Sool Won™
for its role in the documentary, Ho Kuk Moo Yea commences annual seminars and special training in U.S.A.


1982
Kuk Sool Won™ hosts first Open Tournament at the Civic Auditorium in San Francisco


1984
Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh voted “Man of the Year” by Black Belt Magazine


Kuk Sool Won™ School established in Iran

1985
Publication of Kuk Sool Won™ handbooks, textbooks, and instructional videos


1988
Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh voted “Instructor of the Year” by Inside Kung Fu Magazine


Commenced annual seminars and special training in United Kingdom

1990
Kuk Sool Won™ hosts First Annual Canadian Tournament


Commenced annual seminars and special training in Canada

1991
Kuk Sool Won™ was selected as an extra curriculum activity for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point


Kuk Sool Won™ School established in Germany

25 U.S. cities now hold a “Kuk Sool Won™ Day”

1992
Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh is presented with the Commander’s Sword by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point


1993
Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh voted “Master of the Year” by Tae Kwon Do Times Magazine


1994
Several universities in the U.S.A. include Kuk Sool Won™ as a regular athletic activity


Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh is presented with the Commander’s Sword by the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs

1995
Kuk Sool Won™ hosts First Annual Tournament at the U.S. Military Academy


1996
Kuk Sool Won™ School established in The Netherlands


1998
Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh is awarded the SuhkRyoo (Pomegranate) Medal  for Civil Merit by the South Korean Government


Commenced annual seminars and special training in Europe

1999

Kuk Sool Won™ School established in Spain


Victory of a Little Giant, a special documentary about Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh produced by the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS aired 3/17)

2000
Kuk Sool Won™ recognized as an Official Governing Body for martial arts by the South Korean Government


Kuk Sool Won™ participates in the KyungJu Cultural Expo
demonstration members include masters from all over the world and conclude with a final performance for the President of South Korea


2001
World Kuk Sool Association® opens a traditional training facility on the outskirts of Houston (Tomball, TX) incorporating over 20 acres of land


2002
Kuk Sool Won™ hosts the World Kuk Sool Championships at the Civic Auditorium in KyungJu
this is an international event with over 2000 competitors from across the globe, also received were proclamations for a successful event from many world leaders such as North KyungSang Provincial Governor Lee, KyungJu City Mayor Baek, over a dozen U.S. State Governors, and U.S. President G.W. Bush


2003
Another TV broadcasting program by MBC titled “Kuk Sool Coming to America”  aired in Korea

2004
Publication of a biography of Kuk Sa Nim in Korea by Ms. Moon Young Kin with Sam-Toh Publications

2005
Kuk Sa Nim receives Professor Emeritus from Young San University in Korea

Kuk Sa Nim receives honorary Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena Texas

Chiefmaster In Joo Suh is appointed as the president of Korea Kuk Sool Won as well as the Executive VP of WKSA

2006
Kuk Sool Won became an official baccalaureate program under the Asian Martial Arts Department at Young-San University

2007
Kuk Sa Nim receives the honor of 2007 Recipient of Man-Hae Award in Korea

2008
In October, Kuk Sool Won ™ celebrates its 50th anniversary at the World Championship in Houston,Texas