About Mu Sool Won
The traditional Korean martial of Mu Sool Won is a systematic study
of all of the traditional fighting arts, which together comprise martial arts history of the Korean
nation. As such Mu Sool Won is an extremely well-organized system of martial
arts which seeks to integrate and explore all aspects of the traditional Korean
As a martial arts system, Mu Sool Won covers the entire
spectrum of the traditional Asian fighting arts and techniques of body
conditioning, as well as mental development and traditional weapons training.
These include (but are not limited to):
- Hand Striking: closed and open hand striking methods,
palm, wrist, and finger striking, blocking and parrying, animal-
techniques, pressure point striking, striking with arm and
shoulder, specialized palm training, arm striking, shoulder
- Leg Techniques: foundation kicking, front leg kicking,
spinning kicks, jumping kicks, combination kicking, jump spinning
kicks, double leg kicking, kicking defense, pressure point
kicking, specialty kicking, etc.
- Throwing and Grappling: body throws, projection throws,
wrestling techniques, leg throws, ground fighting, pressure point
grappling, grappling defense, etc.
- Joint-Locking Techniques: pain throws, arresting and
"come along" techniques, restraining methods, joint
breaking techniques, control and re-direction techniques,
combination joint locking, etc.
- Falling Techniques and Acrobatics: body protection
techniques, throwing defense, acrobatics for body conditioning and
agility, acrobatics for defense and offense, etc.
- Body Conditioning: stretching and flexibility training,
cardiovascular conditioning, muscle training, joint flexibility
and bone conditioning. Animal-Style Techniques: techniques based
on the movements and/or characteristics of certain
"martial" animals such as Tiger, Praying Mantis, Crane,
Dragon, Bear, etc.
- Traditional Korean Weapons: straight sword, inverted
sword, double sword, double short sword, pole, jool bong (nunchaku),
short stick, double short stick, spear, cane, belt, folding, fan,
etc. (There are 24 different traditional Korean Royal Court
weapons in the curriculum of Mu Sool Won) plus Buddhist- and
- Martial Art Healing Methods: (beginning at Instructor
Level) acupressure, acupuncture, internal energy systems, herbal
As you can see, Mu Sool Won covers an extensive variety of techniques and
martial art methods, but it is not merely concerned with the physical methods of
attack and defense: Mu Sool Won includes the study of healing techniques,
the development of internal power, and physical conditioning. Training in Mu Sool Won also helps to instill self-confidence and self-discipline, a calm
self-assurance, and the psychological and spiritual values, which are
traditionally associated with the martial character. Mental and physical
well-being are of primary importance in Mu Sool Won.
Although Mu Sool Won as it is practiced today is relatively new, its roots
stretch far and deep to the very beginnings of the history of Korean people. As
students of Mu Sool Won, this early history and the ancient
traditions upon which our art is founded should be as important to us as the
physical techniques themselves, for it is only from our understanding and
appreciation of these classical roots that we are able to grow as students and
as martial artists.