Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I choose Kuk Sul Do® over another martial art?
Kuk Sul Do offers a rich, integrated curriculum. Because of our traditional history, our students learn a full repertoire of Korean martial arts. Students can learn punching, kicking, empty hand and weapon forms, safe falling techniques, and a wide variety of self-defense techniques that include pressure point manipulation, joint locking, throwing, wrist escape, arrest and restraint, weapon defense, and much more.
Additionally, our classes are structured to minimize risk to students. While no real martial art is completely risk-free, our students can train for many years without a single serious injury.
Today, there are thousands of martial arts schools across the country, and dozens in the Centerville / Dayton area alone. However, not every school teaches practical skills. Many schools only teach one or two aspects of martial arts, such as hand striking or self-defense techniques. Many others focus exclusively on tournament skills: flashy, but impractical in real life.
Students who try to learn multiple martial arts from multiple schools are, ultimately, wasting their time and money. They must pay tuition to every school. Each school will have its own teaching style: what one school teaches, another will often try to un-teach. To ensure a well-rounded martial arts education, students should learn at a single school that teaches everything.
What ages do you teach?
We teach children and adults of a wide range of ages. We will accept students as young as 4, if they are well behaved and ready to learn. We have also trained adults who started in their sixties: martial arts offer benefits to all age groups.
We also encourage parents to join and train alongside their children, if interested.
How long does it take to get a black belt?
Before our students achieve a first-degree black belt, we require multiple years of training and proficiency in a wide skill set. Most of our students reach a black belt in 4 to 5 years of continuous training; however, this can vary from one student to another, depending on the level of dedication.
Additionally, achieving a black belt does not equal mastery of Kuk Sul Do. The true meaning of a black belt is a well-rounded foundation in the art. By the time students earn a black belt, they have become proficient practitioners of the basics of Kuk Sul Do and are ready to move on to more advanced skills. For more on the traditional meaning of a black belt, see this story.