In Hyuk Suh is the founder, Grandmaster and President of the World Kuk Sool Association (R). He has studied martial arts for more than 50 years, receiving his first instruction from his grandfather, Myung Deuk Suh, a master-instructor to the Korean Royal Court. After his grandfather’s death, he traveled throughout the Far East seeking out and studying additional aspects of the martial arts.The knowledge he acquired from his grandfather and subsequent masters enabled him to establish Kuk Sool Won™ TM.
His organization now boasts 1.3 million members in over 800 schools worldwide in 27 different countries. Although expert in every aspect of martial arts, Grandmaster Suh is especially renowned for his mastery of pressure point and joint manipulation.Additionally, Kuk Sool Won™ TM has been mentioned in over 300 articles and featured on more than 60 front covers by world famous magazines in the United States, England, Spain, Iran, Germany, Mexico and Venezuela.
While the following lists of accomplishments include items accrued not only by himself but by the organizations he founded,the reason for this can be found in the excerpt below, taken from the “Letter from the Grandmaster” which is written to all practitioners of Kuk Sool Won™ TM and located in the front of textbooks he provided as an aid to understanding such a unique and comprehensive martial art.
“Any distinction or honor granted to me or to any member of this organization is a credit to the organization as a whole, including the individuals who make up this vast organization.”
1958 Founded the martial art of Kuk Sool Won™™
1961 Founded the Korean Kuk Sool Association®
1972 Kuk Sool Won™™ recorded in the World Athletic Dictionary a traditional Korean martial art
1973 Kuk Sool Won™™ School established in U.S.A.
1974 Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh emigrates to U.S.A.
1975 Founded the World Kuk Sool Association®Kuk Sool Won™™ School established in Great Britain Kuk Sool Won™™ School established in Canada
1976-77 40 Kuk Sool Masters appear in Ho Kuk Moo Yea,(translation: Art Used in Defense of the Nation)a documentary produced by the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism
1977 Kuk Sool Won™™ school established in Venezuela
1978 Panama International Film Festival bestows its Culture Award to Kuk Sool Won™™for its role in the documentary, Ho Kuk Moo Yea. Commenced annual seminars and special training in U.S.A.
1982 Kuk Sool Won™™ hosts First Open Tournament at the Civic Auditorium in San Francisco
1984 Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh voted “Man of the Year”by Black Belt Magazine Kuk Sool Won™™ School established in Iran
1985 Publication of Kuk Sool Won™™ handbooks, textbooks, and instructional videos
1988 Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh voted “Instructor of the Year”by Inside Kung Fu Magazine Commenced annual seminars and special training in United Kingdom
1990 Kuk Sool Won™™ hosts First Annual Canadian Tournament. Commenced annual seminars and special training in Canada
1991 Kuk Sool Won™™ was selected as an extracurricular activity for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Kuk Sool Won™™ School established in Germany. 25 U.S. cities now hold a “Kuk Sool Won™™ Day”1992
Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh is presented with the Commander’s Sword by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point
1993 Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh voted “Master of the Year”by Tae Kwon Do Times Magazine
1994 Several universities in the U.S.A. include Kuk Sool Won™™as a regular athletic activity Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh is presented with the Commander’s Sword by the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs
1995 Kuk Sool Won™™ hosts First Annual Tournament at the U.S. Military Academy
1996 Kuk Sool Won™™ School established in The Netherlands
1998 Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh is awarded the Suhk Ryoo (Pomegranate) Medal for Civil Merit by the South Korean Government Commenced annual seminars and special training in Europe
1999 Kuk Sool Won™™ School established in Spain Victory of a Little Giant, a special documentary about Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh produced by the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS aired 3/17)
2000 Kuk Sool Won™™ recognized as an Official Governing Body for martial arts by the South Korean Government Kuk Sool Won™™ participates in the Kyung Ju Cultural Expo, demonstration members include masters from all over the world and conclude with a final performance for the President of South Korea
2001 World Kuk Sool Association® opens a traditional training facility on the outskirts of Houston (Tomball, TX)incorporating over 20 acres of land
2002 Kuk Sool Won™™ hosts the World Kuk Sool Championships at the Civic Auditorium in Kyung Ju, this is an international event with over 2000 competitors from across the globe, also received were proclamations for a successful event from many world leaders such as North Kyung Sang Provincial Governor Lee, Kyung Ju City Mayor Baek, over a dozen U.S. State Governors and U.S. President G.W. Bush
2003 Another TV broadcasting program by MBC titled “Kuk Sool Coming to America” aired in Korea
2004 Publication of a biography of Kuk Sa Nim in Korea by Ms. Moon Young Kin with Sam-Toh Publications
2005 Kuk Sa Nim receives Professor Emeritus from Young San University in Korea Kuk Sa Nim receives honorary Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena Texas Chief master In Joo Suh is appointed as the president of Korea Kuk Sool Won™ as well as the Executive VP of WKSA
2006 Kuk Sool Won™ became an official baccalaureate program under the Asian Martial Arts Department at Young-San University
2007 Kuk Sa Nim receives the honor of 2007 Recipient of Man-Hae Award in Korea
2008 In October, Kuk Sool Won™ ™ celebrates its 50th anniversary at the World Championship in Houston,Texas