In Hyuk Suh is the founder, Grandmaster and President of the World Kuk Sool Association®. 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.
“Any distinction or honor granted to me or to any member of this organization is a credit to the organization as a whole, including all the individuals who make up this vast organization.”
His title is Kuk Sa Nim (National Teacher) and was granted to him by the Korean Government. He is considered a living history of the Korean martial arts.
The history of Korean martial arts is as old as the land itself and can be traced as far back as the prehistoric era, where primitive weapons made of wood and stone were used for hunting and fighting. As early as 2707 BC, the Korean warlord Chi-Woo, also known as Jaoji, reigned as the “god of war” in what is now Mainland China.
Since then, the majority of Koreans migrated and settled in the region of the Korean Peninsula, where there have been more than a thousand recorded instances of foreign invasions. Consequently, the Korean people developed unique martial arts and military strategies in order to defend themselves and their territory.
A serious martial arts education began for the young Suh when he was only five years old and his training continued uninterrupted until the middle of the Korean conflict, when his grandfather was fatally wounded by North Korean soldiers. It then continued through arrangements made by his grandfather’s foresight. Letters of introduction, plus his grandfather’s reputation as a master instructor of the Korean Royal Court, opened many doors that otherwise would have remained firmly shut. Now the heir to the Suh family’s martial legacy began to visit and to learn from many different instructors, and by the time he was 20 years old, In Hyuk Suh had traveled to hundreds of Buddhist temples and private martial art teachers.