In Hyuk Suh The Founder

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“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 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.

Time Line:

1958
Founded the martial art of Kuk Sool Wonâ„¢

1961
Founded the Korean Kuk Sool Association®
1972
Kuk Sool Wonâ„¢ recorded in the World Athletic Dictionary
as a traditional Korean martial art
1973
Kuk Sool Wonâ„¢ School established in U.S.A.


1974

Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh emigrates to U.S.A.
1975
Founded the World Kuk Sool Association®

Kuk Sool Wonâ„¢ School established in Great Britain

Kuk Sool Wonâ„¢ 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 Wonâ„¢ school established in Venezuela
1978
Panama International Film Festival
bestows its Culture Award to Kuk Sool Wonâ„¢
for its role in the documentary, Ho Kuk Moo Yea

Commenced annual seminars and special training in U.S.A.
1982
Kuk Sool Wonâ„¢ 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 Wonâ„¢ School established in Iran
1985
Publication of Kuk Sool Wonâ„¢ 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 Wonâ„¢ hosts First Annual Canadian Tournament

Commenced annual seminars and special training in Canada
1991
Kuk Sool Wonâ„¢ was selected as an extra curriculum activity
for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point

Kuk Sool Wonâ„¢ 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 Wonâ„¢
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 Wonâ„¢ hosts First Annual Tournament
at the U.S. Military Academy
1996
Kuk Sool Wonâ„¢ 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 Wonâ„¢ 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 Wonâ„¢ recognized as an Official Governing Body for martial arts
by the South Korean Government

Kuk Sool Wonâ„¢ 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 Wonâ„¢ 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