Coordinated as a full body work-out, Kuk Sool training combines many different types of exercise - flexibility, strength training and cardio - into a single workout program.
As a form of exercise, Kuk Sool combines a regimen of flexibility exercises, a graduated cardiovascular workout with a series of hand techniques, and kicking techniques that begin at white belt with basic applications and then continue, as the student progresses through a series of advanced jumping and spinning kicks, combination kicking and hand and kicking drills.
The actual Kuk Sool program can be divided into forms (Hyung) and techniques (Soo) arranged in a systematic, graduated progression to teach balance and coordination, while at the same time developing the relaxed power, graceful motion and low stances characteristic of the style.
Self-defense is all about options, and that is one of the strong points of Kuk Sool. In addition to the many dozens of different strikes and punches associated with most martial arts (as well as an almost infinite variety of different combinations), the fundamental techniques of Kuk Sool are built around a progressive series of techniques designed to attack the weak points on an opponent’s body: his joints and pressure points.
In more limited martial arts styles, the number of available techniques may be relatively small (a small number of techniques = a limited number of self-defense options), while Kuk Sool is composed of more than 226 different joint-locking and throwing techniques in the underbelt (below black belt) chart alone, giving the Kuk Sool student a variety of different options – striking and kicking, throwing techniques, joint-locking techniques, pressure point techniques, etc. – for any situation.