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What do the words “Kuk·Sool” actually mean?

It is probably best to explain by first discussing what an acronym entails. More than just initials, people tend to think of an acronym as an alternate way of referencing the original concept it’s supposed to represent. FBI [eff-bee-eye], ATM [ay-tee-em], and MSG [em-ess-jee] are good examples of common acronyms in the English language. Consider the following sentences:

Shady dealings with drug lords caused him to be closely watched by the FBI.
I'm short on cash, I need to get some money from the ATM.
Don't eat at that restaurant; they use too much MSG.

Despite being alluded to by means of the acronyms in the above examples, neither the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an Automatic Teller Machine, nor Mono-Sodium Glutamate are directly referenced (i.e. people tend to think of the initials, themselves, as the actual entity). Likewise, despite using a distinctly different form of writing, Asian languages also prefer a shortcut method to reference otherwise lengthy nomenclature. Thus, Korean Martial Art [Han·Kuk Mu·Sool; 한국 무술] becomes simply National Art [Kuk·Sool; 국술] – (Korea or Korean is idiomatically formed by two separate words: Han + Nation, as Koreans are traditionally identified by the ethnic region & culture known as Han). This fact about the Asian version of acronyms is substantiated near the bottom of the page on Wikipedia covering acronyms and initialisms, under the heading Asian languanges. Use the following hyperlink and read the examples about Beijing University, Hong Kong University, etc.: Asian Acronyms.

So Kuk-Sool is merely a short-cut way of saying Korean Martial Art (conjecture about the content of this martial art actually being comprised of Japanese and Chinese elements, notwithstanding).

Despite Kuk-Sool meaning Korean Martial Arts, it's probably best to mention that the term isn't usually used in a general, broad-sweeping way to refer to just any martial art of Korean origin. Instead, it's typically used to describe a specific system of martial arts which incorporates joint-locks and other attributes found in the art of Hapkido, which is historically proven to be a Korean derivative of Daito-Ryu Aikijujitsu. Because of this heavy reliance on Hapkido elements, Kuk-Sool can be said to be a variant of Hapkido. But unlike most methods of Hapkido, it also incudes formalized patterns of movement utilizing smooth-flowing motions which are more similar to Chinese martial arts than the start-and-stop motions more evident in arts such as Karate or Taekwondo. Another similarity to Hapkido is the use of traditional martial art weapons, although a wider variety of weapons than what is usually taught in Hapkido can be found in the art of Kuk-Sool. It should be noted, however, that the weapons which are taught don't necessarily rely on famous sources such as the Muye Dobo Tongji (무예도보통지 • 武藝圖譜通志) as a reference of ancient weaponry used by the Korean military, for determining which weapons should be included in its curriculum.

It should also be observed that Kuk-Sool & Kuk Sool Won™ are not one and the same, as Kuk Sool Won™ is merely one organization which utilizes the martial art of Kuk-Sool in what it offers to its clients. While Kuk Sool Won™ (and its partner organization, the World Kuk Sool Association, Inc.) may be one of the largest institutions which help to spread this martial art, there are many martial art groups that teach Kuk-Sool.

What do the words “Kuk·Sool” actually mean?

It is probably best to explain by first discussing what an acronym entails. More than just initials, people tend to think of an acronym as an alternate way of referencing the original concept it’s supposed to represent. FBI [eff-bee-eye], ATM [ay-tee-em], and MSG [em-ess-jee] are good examples of common acronyms in the English language. Consider the following sentences:

Shady dealings with drug lords caused him to be closely watched by the FBI.
I'm short on cash, I need to get some money from the ATM.
Don't eat at that restaurant; they use too much MSG.

Despite being alluded to by means of the acronyms in the above examples, neither the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an Automatic Teller Machine, nor Mono-Sodium Glutamate are directly referenced (i.e. people tend to think of the initials, themselves, as the actual entity). Likewise, despite using a distinctly different form of writing, Asian languages also prefer a shortcut method to reference otherwise lengthy nomenclature. Thus, Korean Martial Art [Han·Kuk Mu·Sool; 한국 무술] becomes simply National Art [Kuk·Sool; 국술] – (Korea or Korean is idiomatically formed by two separate words: Fence + Nation, although this formation is usually translated as “Hermit Kingdom” when seeking a colorful yet literal meaning). This fact about the Asian version of acronyms is substantiated near the bottom of the page on Wikipedia covering acronyms, under the heading Non-English languanges. Use the following hyperlink and read the examples about Peking University, Hongik University, etc.: Asian Acronyms.

So Kuk·Sool is merely a short-cut way of saying Korean Martial Art (conjecture about the content of this martial art actually being comprised of fair amounts of Japanese and Chinese elements, notwithstanding).

Despite Kuk·Sool meaning Korean Martial Arts, it's probably best to mention that the term isn't usually used in a general, broad-sweeping way to refer to just any martial art of Korean origin. Instead, it's typically used to describe a specific system of martial arts which incorporates joint-locks and other attributes found in the art of Hapkido, which is historically proven to be a Korean derivative of Daito-Ryu Aikijujitsu. Because of this heavy reliance on Hapkido elements, Kuk·Sool can be said to be a variant of Hapkido. But unlike most methods of Hapkido, it also incudes formalized patterns of movement utilizing smooth-flowing motions which are more similar to Chinese martial arts than the start-and-stop motions more evident in arts such as Karate or Taekwondo. Another similarity to Hapkido is the use of traditional martial art weapons, although a wider variety of weapons than what is usually taught in Hapkido can be found in the art of Kuk·Sool. It should be noted, however, that the weapons which are taught don't necessarily rely on famous sources such as the Muye Dobo Tongji (무예도보통지 • 武藝圖譜通志) as a reference of ancient weaponry used by the Korean military, for determining which weapons should be included in its curriculum.

It should also be observed that Kuk·Sool & Kuk Sool Won™ are not one and the same, as Kuk Sool Won™ is merely one organization which utilizes the martial art of Kuk·Sool in what it offers to its clients. However, due to years of falsely justified insistence by Kuk Sool Won™ that no one else can use the name of “Kuk·Sool” directly led to many proponents of this remarkable martial arts system regrettably adopting a different moniker. So while Kuk Sool Won™ (and its partner organization, the World Kuk Sool Association, Inc.) may be one of the largest institutions which have helped to spread this martial art, there exists a significant number of martial art groups, even if many don't identify themselves with this appellation, that teach Kuk·Sool.

Kuk-Sool

To become a member of The Kuk-Sool Global Alliance all that's required is to be in business as a martial art school, have it's teachings grounded in the martial art of Kuk-Sool, and to agree to participate in the transfer of students with other affiliates in the alliance. Student transfers will be based on knowledge of skill sets rather than rank, as abiding by a standardized curriculum will not be deemed mandatory. The alliance will not issue rank certificates but will merely act as a network of affiliated businesses, contributing to the appeal perceived by any students (i.e. the clients of the affiliated martial art schools conducting routine business) so that said students may find these businesses more desirable, as oppossed to others which may lack any such affiliation.



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