This student handbook is designed to provide you with information about Kuk Sool Won™, Martial Arts, how it is practiced, what goes alongside with being a Kuk Sool Won™ practitioner, and information about the World Kuk Sool Association® (WKSA). If you have not been involved in Martial Arts training before (or perhaps you have some experience of Kuk Sool Won™), there will be many areas that are new to you – some simple and straight forward, and others areas that may require further explanation. This handbook is dedicated to explaining the various aspects of Kuk Sool Won™ training as a new member. You should also attend special events such as WKSA seminars and tournaments to further enhance your training.
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As a Black Belt you should, within reason, endeavor to support and assist your Kuk Sool Won™ School, your fellow students, your Instructor, and the WKSA in any appropriate manner necessary to further realize the benefits for your own training, the training of other students and the goals of the WKSA. Normally, just prior to your promotion to 1st Degree Black Belt, your Instructor would have spent some time with you to explain the next steps in your Kuk Sool Won™ training, and the 2nd Degree syllabus. If you have not already had a one-on-one session with your Instructor about your continued Black Belt training, please ask your Instructor for a convenient time to discuss these issues, so you can be informed of the various Black Belt benefits that are available to you. This Black Belt Handbook will serve as your introduction until you can speak with your instructor.
Within WKSA, ONLY Kuk Sa Nim or his official representative (who is an official member of WKSA and appointed by Kuk Sa Nim) is authorized to promote students to Black Belt level or higher. No other Black Belt certificate is recognized for WKSA certification. Within WKSA, there are certain average lengths of time to achieve various ranks. These lengths of time may vary according to each student's training schedule. However, a student should not be recommended for Black Belt promotion without a reasonable amount of training time and experience.
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