KUK SOOL CLOSE-UP ❱
During much of the nearly six decades that In Hyuk Suh has guided and grown the World Kuk Sool Association, he’s focused on preparing his four sons to one day take the reins and ensure that knowledge of his comprehensive art is passed to the next generation. His oldest is Sung Jin Suh, the master featured in this article. The son holds a ninth-degree black belt in kuk sool.
Now in his mid-50s, Sung Jin Suh has trained in kuk sool most of his life. He’s in great demand on the seminar circuit because of his knowledge and skill. His workaholic schedule has resulted in his students respectfully referring to him as “The Machine.”
When he teaches, Suh makes it a point to frequently mention how students must be capable of using their entire body as a weapon. Whether it’s a kick, punch, knee strike or elbow strike, speed, power and precision are the goals that bring the desired results in combat.
With that base built, he says, you’re free to focus on the more artistic aspects of the art, things like perfecting your technique while improving your health. That’s what keeps students in the dojang long after they’ve become proficient at self-defense, Suh says.
For the hook kick, Sung Jin Suh elects to strike a pressure point on the back of his adversary’s neck with his heel. A controlled hit will disorient the recipient and cause him to fall. Because a more powerful kick can injure the spine, control is essential, Suh says.