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Our Han Guk Mu Sool syllabus is built upon sets of techniques, connected movements and forms, body conditioning, terminology, martial arts knowledge, weapons, and more, all built around a belt system ranging from white belt to black belt and beyond. Below is a range of the components you will find within Han Guk Mu Sool, our syllabus and martial arts training.

Striking Techniques

Han Guk Mu Sool includes a variety of striking techniques, such as punches, kicks, elbows, and knees. Practitioners learn how to generate power, accuracy, and speed in their strikes. These techniques are often practiced through forms (patterns) and partner drills.

Grappling and joint locks

Practitioners learn how to control and manipulate their opponent's limbs using joint locks, holds, and takedowns. This aspect of the martial art is particularly useful in self-defence situations and for immobilising opponents without causing serious harm.

Throws and takedowns

Han Guk Mu Sool includes various throwing and takedown techniques that allow practitioners to bring their opponents to the ground while maintaining control. Proper timing, balance, and leverage are emphasised to execute these techniques effectively.

Ground fighting

Once on the ground, practitioners learn ground fighting techniques to control and submit their opponents. Ground techniques involve grappling, submission holds, and escapes to neutralize threats from the ground position.
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Self-defence is a central focus of Han Guk Mu Sool. Practitioners are taught practical techniques to protect themselves in real-life situations. The system emphasises techniques for defending against common attacks, including grabs, strikes, and weapons.

Weapons Training

Traditional Korean weapons are also an integral part of Han Guk Mu Sool. Practitioners learn to handle various weapons, such as the sword (geom), staff (bong), knife (dan gum), and others. Weapon training enhances coordination, focus, and understanding of distance and timing.

Moving forms

Han Guk Mu Sool includes a set of structured patterns or forms, which are choreographed sequences of movements that simulate real combat scenarios. Practitioners perform these forms to develop muscle memory, balance, and technique.

Meditation and mental discipline

Beyond physical techniques, Han Guk Mu Sool places importance on mental discipline and mindfulness. Meditation and breathing exercises are often integrated into the training to enhance focus, concentration, and overall mental well-being.


Philosophy and ethics

As with many traditional martial arts, Han Guk Mu Sool instils a code of ethics and respect which are Confucian in origin. Practitioners are taught to uphold values such as humility, integrity, perseverance, and respect for others.

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Physical conditioning

Han Guk Mu Sool training involves various physical conditioning exercises to develop strength, flexibility, endurance, and agility. These exercises are essential for improving overall martial arts performance.

Examples of martial arts

The practice of Han Guk Mu Sool is rooted in a set of core values that guide practitioners in their training and daily lives. These key values of Han Guk Mu Sool reflect the traditional Korean virtues and principles.
  • Taekwondo

    Taekwondo is a globally recognized Korean martial art that focuses on high, fast kicks and dynamic strikes. It emphasizes speed, power, and agility, making it effective for both self-defense and sport. Taekwondo practitioners also learn forms (poomsae), sparring, and breaking techniques. Formation: 1955

  • Hwa Rang Do

    Hwa Rang Do is an ancient Korean martial art that dates back to the Silla Dynasty. It was practiced by the Hwa Rang warriors, who were not only skilled in combat but also adhered to a code of ethics and honor. Hwa Rang Do incorporates a wide range of techniques including strikes, kicks, throws, and joint locks. It places a strong emphasis on personal development, incorporating mental and ethical training alongside physical skills. Formation: Approx. 6th century

  • Kuk Sool

    Kuk Sool is a comprehensive martial art system that encompasses various aspects of Korean martial arts. It includes a diverse range of techniques such as striking, joint locks, throws, and traditional Korean weapons. Kuk Sool Won also emphasizes meditation, breathing exercises, and healing techniques. Founded in 1961 by Suh In-Hyuk, this martial art aims to preserve and teach the rich heritage of Korean martial arts. Formation: 1961

  • Hapkiyudo (Hapkido)

    Hapkiyudo, commonly known as Hapkido, is a versatile Korean martial art that emphasizes self-defense techniques. It includes joint locks, throws, strikes, and pressure point manipulation. Hapkido practitioners learn to redirect an opponent's force and use it against them. Founded in the 1960s, Hapkido incorporates both hard and soft techniques, making it effective in various situations. Formation: 1960s

  • Munjeong (문정)

    We honour the Korean concept of Munjeong, the mental and physical alignment that enables us to achieve a tranquil mind, unlocking deeper levels of skill and understanding.

  • Kumdo (Gumdo)

    Kumdo, also known as Gumdo, is a Korean martial art centered around the use of the sword. Practitioners learn forms, sparring, and cutting techniques using a bamboo sword (jukdo) or a metal sword (geom). Kumdo places emphasis on discipline, mental focus, and precision. It was modernized in the 1950s to promote a standardized curriculum and competitive aspects. Formation: 1950s

  • Kummooyeh

    Kummooyeh is a modern martial art that combines traditional Korean techniques with archery, swordsmanship, and other skills. It was developed in the 1980s to preserve and promote various aspects of Korean heritage. Kummooyeh practitioners learn archery, sword techniques, staff techniques, and more, often incorporating traditional forms and patterns. Formation: 1980s

  • Yusul

    Yusul is a traditional Korean martial art that focuses on grappling and throwing techniques. It has its roots in ancient Korean combat methods and was practiced by warriors and soldiers throughout history. Yusul techniques aim to immobilize or control opponents using leverage and joint locks. Formation: Ancient origins

  • Gwonbeop

    Gwonbeop is an ancient Korean martial art that emphasizes joint locks, pressure points, and grappling techniques. It was developed for practical self-defense in a time when weapons were not always available. Gwonbeop techniques involve using an opponent's body mechanics against them, making it suitable for self-defense even when unarmed. Formation: Ancient origins

  • Ssireum

    Ssireum is Korean traditional wrestling that involves grappling and throwing techniques. It has its origins in ancient times and is often associated with festive events and competitions. Ssireum emphasizes balance, leverage, and strategy, and it has cultural significance in Korean history. Formation: Ancient origins

  • Subak

    Subak is an ancient Korean martial art that served as a precursor to modern Taekwondo. It focuses on hand strikes, kicks, and blocks, often incorporating self-defense techniques. Subak has historical ties to Korean military training and civilian self-defense. Formation: Ancient origins

  • Gongkwon Yusul

    Gongkwon Yusul is a modern Korean martial art that incorporates striking, joint locks, throws, and ground techniques. It was developed in 1996 and aims to provide a comprehensive martial art system suitable for self-defense and sport. Gongkwon Yusul places an emphasis on adaptability and practical techniques. Formation: 1996

These key values are not only relevant to the training within the dojang (training hall) but also extend to how practitioners conduct themselves in their daily lives. The emphasis on character development and ethical principles sets Han Guk Mu Sool apart as a martial art that seeks to cultivate well-rounded individuals who embody not just physical skill but also a strong moral and ethical foundation.