What to expect
Once you decide to come and try a class with us you can expect a warm welcome from our instructor team and fellow class mates. Our training hall is big and spacious with a dedicated matted area, changing rooms and facilities.
We train in bare feet and we recommend wearing a light T-Shirt, shorts, joggers or leggings for your first session with us. Remember to bring a bottle of water as you will get hot and sweaty!
Our martial arts sessions are run by DBS cleared, fully insured, qualified instructors who have trained for many years. We utilise coaching styles that adapt to an individual and ensure all our students get the most from their training time with us. We pride ourselves on creating a martial arts training environment that see our juniors, families and adults train with us for many years.
What are Korean Martial Arts:
Han Guk Mu Sool
A comprehensive Martial Arts System
Han Guk Mu Sool is a systematic study of all of the traditional fighting arts, which together comprise the martial arts history of Korea.
Our martial arts syllabus is extremely well-organised; and seeks to integrate and explore the entire spectrum of established Asian fighting arts and body conditioning techniques, as well as mental development and traditional weapons training.
The following list includes some, but by no means all, of the elements of Han Guk Mu Sool.
Closed and open striking methods, pressure point striking, blocking and parrying.
Fundamental kicks, advanced kicks, pressure point kicking, speciality kicking.
Throws and Grappling
Throws include: body throws, projection throws, hip throws, leg throws, grappling defence, wrestling techniques, ground fighting.
Joint Lock Techniques
Restraining methods, joint breaking techniques, combination joint locking, control and redirection techniques, arresting and pain-compliance techniques.
Falling and Acrobatics
Body conditioning and agility techniques, body protection techniques, acrobatics for defence and offence.
Overall stretching and flexibility training, cardiovascular conditioning, muscle toning, ligament and tendon strengthening, joint flexibility and bone conditioning.
Techniques based on the movements and/or characteristics of certain “martial” animals such as: Tiger, Praying Mantis, Crane, Dragon, Snake, Bear, Eagle.
Traditional Korean Weapons
Sword: short & long, single or double, straight or inverted, Staff: short, middle & long, single or double, Jointed Staff (flail): double or triple, spear, Cane, Rope, Fan, Bow & Arrow.
Martial Arts Healing Methods, Meditation and Breathing
Acupressure & Acupuncture, internal energy systems, various breath control, techniques, meditation and breathing postures, concentration techniques.
As you can see, our syllabus covers an extensive variety of martial art techniques. But it is not merely concerned with methods of attack and defence, Han Guk Mu Sool also includes the study of healing techniques and the development of internal power, in addition to the physical training. Mental development is of equal importance in Han Guk Mu Sool and helps to instil self-confidence and self-discipline, a calm self-assurance, and the psychological and spiritual values which are traditionally associated with the character of a martial artist.
Although Han Guk Mu Sool as it is practised today is relatively new, its roots stretch far and deep to the very beginnings of the Korean people. This early history and the ancient traditions upon which this art is founded should be viewed as important as the physical techniques themselves, for it is only from the understanding and appreciation of these classical roots that one is able to grow as a student of the martial arts.