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We know that a lot of people think Martial Arts is only about learning how to fight...and defend yourself...but, the truth is, It's So Much More...It's really a way of life!

It's about connecting to your inner-strength - what the Koreans call "Ki". It's about accomplishing goals you never thought you could. It's about respecting your body and mind. Don't take my word for it, here is what other students have said about our program...

Jo Kyo Nim Pat McMurray, Walnut Farmer
"I’m 50 years and was recently promoted to the rank of Black Belt. Why would someone who is 50 years old decide to commit to get their Black Belt? It’s for the Mind and for the body.
The Mind.. While everyone has experienced that rush of endorphins from a good work-out or run, it’s different with Kuk Sool Won. Sure that rush is present it’s generally complemented with the accomplishment of a technique, form, punch, kick or roll or whatever our instructor throws at you. I have heard on more than one occasion how Martial Arts is much more than physical. The mental aspect of Martial Arts is largely overlooked, there is nothing like having a tough day at work and then getting a good Kuk Sool workout in, it really clears the mind. Kuk Sool also trains its students to look at themselves and how they impact others around them.
The Body.. Interesting things happen to the body when you hit the forties. Weight gain, loss of flexibility, loss of muscle tone and loss of balance. The variety of exercises, techniques, forms and weapons practiced at Kuk Sool has helped maintain my physical agility.
I would encourage anyone and any age learn Kuk Sool but be patient with yourself. You will be amazed at what other students, some as young as 8 years old can do and yet it may come slower for yourself. Don’t measure against others but measure against yourself and what you will gain from the experience."

Dawn Todorovic, Part-time Office Manager
"I signed my boys up to do Kuk Sool in 2008, when they were 2nd and 5th graders, hoping they would learn some discipline while getting exercise and having fun. Not long after, I started to have people ask me, "Why aren't you out there too?" My gut reaction was always, "Are you crazy? I can't do that!" About a year in, it started to occur to me, "Why not? Why am I so convinced that I can't?" After a year of quietly thinking, "Maybe I can," I signed up. I was so nervous that when I did sign up, I asked them not to tell anyone! I swore the people in those first few classes to secrecy. I was surprised, I was in better shape than I thought. Don't get me wrong, I thought I was going to die a couple of times because I hadn't exercised regularly in many years, (my motto was "I run only when chased") but I didn't quit. I was still carrying all of the extra weight that I had picked up with my two pregnancies (my youngest was 9!). In a year, while I hadn't lost any weight, I had gone from an 8/10 to a 6 in pants, and I was clearly much fitter. I was more flexible, more toned, and more importantly, more confident in my abilities. This inspired me to really invest in myself. I started a new eating plan and took my workouts to a new level. Six months after that, I was down 15 pounds, in a 2 and fitter than I had been even in my early 20's. I am now confident enough to push myself further than I ever would have thought possible, I now do yoga once a week, I have done a 5K, am signed up for 2 more 5K's this summer, started doing the Insanity workout program (which I never would have considered in the past) and am currently training for the Tough Mudder in Tahoe in September. I never would have imagined that any of these things would have been possible without taking that first step and signing up for that first class. My boys are both black belts now, and I have that much more respect for the hard work that it took for them to get there. And for the record...I am 40 years old! I was 37 when I started this journey."

Gwinith Clara, Program Technician III, Secretary of State Office
"One of the challenges that I have faced include feeling guilty about leaving the household during a weeknight for a couple hours to train and workout, but the concern quickly vanishes when I am in class because of the positive environment and stress release that comes from a focused activity. During the classes I am able to exercise my body and mind in a safe, respectful environment. This helps me be a better mother, wife, friend, and co-worker. I have gained confidence because of the opportunities to grow in a caring and encouraging place. Also, I am more relaxed and able to tackle tasks both at home and at work. The friendships that I have developed at Kuk Sool Won of Woodland over the years add to the welcoming and supportive feeling that isn't possible by just going to a gym. The people, the exercise, and the feeling of accomplishment keep me coming back. Furthermore, Justin and Tiffany and their staff aren't just instructors, they offer techniques to be a more positive and productive person. Thanks to this school and the skills I am learning, I have more patience with myself and others."

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