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1. Is this like Tae Kwon Do? 

While Kuk Sool Won may contain certain elements specific to other styles of martial arts, it goes beyond the ranges of other martial art styles. For example, Tae Kwon Do specializes in kicking, Judo specializes in throwing, Aikido specializes in joint-locking, Kuk Sool Won incorporates and emphasizes all of these and much more in order to give the practitioner an understanding of the broader range of the Korean martial arts technique and theory.   

2. How many times a week should I attend class?

Two times a week is minimum; however, we have classes available Monday – Saturday for those who have signed up to come more often.

3. Can I lose weight doing this?

We can definitely help with this.  We have students who lost weight and others who toned their body by coming to class on a consistent basis.  But to lose weight you will have to work hard and always remember that it's not just the workout, but proper dieting also.

4. Do I need to buy a uniform?

Your first uniform will be provided with your new membership.

5. Will I be able to protect myself?

Yes you will, through proper training and practice. But protecting yourself is not putting yourself in situations where you will have to fight.  Always try to resolve the issue without fighting.

6. What are the age limits? 

Our Little Dragons start at a mature 4 up to 6 years old. Our Children’s class is for ages 6-12 years old.  The Adult class starts at age 13 and up. 

7.  I have asthma, is that a problem?

Consult your physician for any medical issues you have. If they say it ok, just remember to bring your inhaler or take any necessary precautions.  Also, please remember to inform the instructor of any health problems you may have.

10.  What if I move?

If you move, you may be able to find a Kuk Sool Won school in that area.  This is a worldwide accredited organization, and you will have an ID card that links you to the organization.  So, if you were to go to another school your rank will be recognized. 

11.  Do I have to be in shape to join a martial arts program?
Absolutely not. Martial arts is one of the best ways to get into shape. The curriculum is designed to gradually teach your body how to move like a martial artist. Everything builds on things that came before, so we start out slowly and work our way up. The most difficult thing for beginners to learn is PATIENCE. It is very important to be patient with yourself and not to compare yourself to others. We all learn at different paces, but we all learn the same material. Don't wait, act now!

13. I used to study another martial art. Can I keep my rank?

Every martial art style is unique, and so is the meaning of each rank. The curriculum for Kuk Sool Won™ is very specific: therefore, everyone comes to Kuk Sool as a white belt, even if they hold black belts in another style. However, if you have studied Kuk Sool Won™ with another certified Kuk Sool Won instructor, your rank will come with you to our school because the curriculum is the same.

15. How often is testing and how do I know if I'm ready to test?

Tests are held every month, usually on the 3rd Friday.  Eligibility for testing is at least 24 classes per test and at least 3 months between tests. In addition to meeting the attendance requirement, students must demonstrate proficiency in their current material to the satisfaction of the Chief Instructor. Your instructor will tell you when you are ready to test.

16. What if I have trouble remembering the material?

The best way to remember is to PRACTICE. Kuk Sool Won text books are also available to practicing Kuk Sool Won students.

18. What is Black Belt Club?

The purpose of the Black Belt Club is to provide students who have committed themselves to becoming a black belt with additional training opportunities to enhance their Martial Art experience so they may achieve long term goals in training to which they have committed. The class meets once a month for 1- 2 hours. It is for students who have the heart of a black belt even though their belts are not black. Admission to this class requires instructor invitation.

19. How can I become a Black Belt Club Member?
The first step to Black Belt Club membership is attendance. Perfect or near perfect attendance is required.  Next, a BBC candidate must show the highest personal level of etiquette, decorum, skill, energy, and enthusiasm during all classes. An invitation will be issued for students who meet this criteria.

20. I notice in your classes that there is a lot of tumbling. Do I need to be able to do gymnastics to take Kuk Sool Won™? Can I still advance even if I can't do acrobatics?

Absolutely! You can progress and even earn a Black Belt in Kuk Sool Won™. You will never be required to do something beyond your personal ability just because another student may be able to do it. At Kuk Sool Won O’Fallon the only person you are ever judged against is yourself. All we ask from you is a commitment to do your best, and to try to grow a little more in your abilities every day.

21. Do you spar in Kuk Sool Won™? I am interested in competition, and don't want to just learn forms and techniques.

At Kuk Sool Won O’Fallon, we begin with sparring drills and practice Kuk Sool Won™-style tournament sparring (light/no-contact). We also incorporate a controlled freestyle sparring which allows striking, kicking, throwing, sweeps and grappling.

22. I am trying to decide whether to sign my children — ages 8 and 10 — up for soccer or for Kuk Sool Won™. How can I decide which will be better for them?

Studies have shown that training in martial arts can enhance the physical abilities of children who participate in other activities.  Any type of activity can potentially be beneficial for children, but a traditional martial arts system teaches not only physical skills and competitiveness (which, if not taught properly, can easily lead to aggressive behavior), but also positive values such as respect, self-confidence, self-discipline, goal-setting, etc. A good martial arts school, like Kuk Sool Won O’Fallon, offers young children a supportive environment with positive role models to help them develop into confident, polite and respectful citizens.