The Art of Kuk Sool Won -  Kuk Sool Won is a comprehensive martial art system from Korea. A thoroughly organised system, it seeks to integrate the entire spectrum of established Asian martial arts and body conditioning techniques, along with mental development. Traditional weapons training and acrobatics are major aspects of Kuk Sool Won.

A key focus of Kuk Sool Won is the study and development of Ki, or internal energy. Meditation, understanding pressure points, breathing skills; these too are important areas of study in Kuk Sool Won.

The Roots of Kuk Sool Won

An appreciation of the classical roots of Kuk Sool Won is essential to your development as a martial artist.

Kuk Sool Won as practiced around the world today, is a relatively young art. It is however, rooted in the early history of the Korean people. When studying Kuk Sool Won, not only are you developing physical and mental strength and skill; you are also gaining an understanding of ancient techniques and wisdom.

Kuk Sool Won Grandmaster In Hyuk SuhThe Founder of Kuk Sool Won and the WKSA

Suh In Hyuk founded Kuk Sool Won as we know it in 1961. His family had been martial arts instructors to the the royal court for 16 generations. With the dissolution of the Korean Royal Court in 1910 as a result of the Japanese invasion, all aspects of Korean culture were suppressed. This repression included the study of martial arts.

In order to preserve the traditional martial arts of Korea, many prominent instructors went underground, practising and teaching in secret. In Hyuk Suh’s grandfather, Suh Myung-duk was one such instructor. After the Japanese invasion, Suh returned to his home-town and focused on the preservation of his vast knowledge and expertise. He gave lessons in strict privacy to immediate family members.



Classes - We run classes in all aspects of Kuk Sool Won, for all ages. We teach children from the age of 5 and adults as old as… well there’s no limit as long as the body is able and the spirit is willing! In fact the latter is really the defining factor.
Kuk Sool Won is a Korean Martial Art which covers all aspects of martial art practice. Our classes are aimed at increasing your fitness and flexibility. We also teach aspects which will develop mental strength and personal confidence.
As a family martial art school, we encourage you to practice together and help each other.
Check out our class menu to see what is available to you in your area.
If you have any questions, drop us a line or give us a call and we'll be happy to answer them for you.

kuk sool won classes for children aged 5 to 8

Kids 5 – 8

kuk sool won classes for children aged 9 to 12

Kids 9 – 12

Teens 13 – 18


Kuk sool won classes for blackbelts


Traditional Weapons

Advanced Classes

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Korean Archery

First Class Free To Try!

We think it is important to “try before you buy” and offer you a free class to see if you like Kuk Sool Won and think it is for you.

New Members Bundle

We operate our school on a membership basis and fees are paid monthly. Once you’ve tried a Kuk Sool Won class, if you decide that you would like to sign up we request that you become a member of Kuk Sool Won Cork. Your ‘new members bundle’ fee covers your first month of training, insurance, membership, WKSA badges and a free suit.

Family Discounts

We understand that the cost of activities for families soon mounts up so we offer discounts for families on our monthly training fees. We also offer discounts on Kuk Sool Won Cork merchandise.

Private and Specialist Classes

All classes listed are for groups. We also offer private classes and self-defence workshops on request. We are continually developing our programme of classes. If there is something you would like to focus on that you don’t see in our menu, get in touch and we’d be happy to see if it’s something we can offer.


Our Instructors - Kuk Sool Won Cork is led by SBN (4th Dahn) Matthew Boniwell. Matthew has been practicing Kuk Sool Won since 1996. He has been teaching for over a decade and has run Kuk Sool Won schools in the UK and Ireland.
Matthew is assisted in the running of the school by JKN Fiona Boniwell. Our Dan Ba Nims also provide a valuable service to the school by assisting in classes, overseen by Matthew and Fiona.

Click the images below to find out more about our instructors for our Kuk Sool Won classes which take place in Carrigaline, Kinsale and Ballinspittle.

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Pyung Kwahn Jang Nim Matthew Boniwell (5th Dahn Master)

JKN Fiona Boniwell

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Black belts

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Our Philosophy


Why Train Here - Kuk Sool Won is perhaps the most comprehensive Martial Art system currently available to you in the Cork area. There are many great disciplines to choose from and the study of martial arts is gaining in popularity year on year. Where Kuk Sool Won differs is in that it offers you the opportunity to learn many aspects under one umbrella. The system has been cleverly designed to facilitate learning and teaching alike.

Kuk Sool Won: What You Learn

Hand Strikes
Traditional Forms
Joint locks
Pressure Points
Traditional Weapons

Kuk Sool Won: What You Gain

Mental and Physical Flexibility
Self-Defence Techniques
Sense of Awareness
Improved Recall Ability


There is only one true Kuk Sool Won

The same Kuk Sool Won syllabus is taught worldwide, thereby aiming for a universal standard across the globe. This means that no matter where you study KSW in the world, you will literally work from the same text book as your peers throughout the world.

The martial art, Kuk Sool Won is governed by one association world-wide: the WKSA (World Kuk Sool  Association). How does this benefit you as a student? Well there are a few answers to that question:

The Kuk Sool Won system is governed and overseen by one headquarters led to this day by Suh In Hyuk and his family.

If you travel abroad and the opportunity arises to participate in a Kuk Sool Won class, you can be confident of being able to slot straight in to their class as you will all be learning from same syllabus.

Should you have reason to change schools, you can be confident that you will be taught the same material in the same format as at your previous school.
Kuk Sool is an authentic Korean Martial Art that traces its roots back to the beginnings of Korean civilization.

Black belts can only be awarded by the grandmaster, Suh In Hyuk. This is another example of how a universal standard is aimed for world-wide in Kuk Sool Won.

Kuk Sool Won is a friendly global community. If you train with us, over time, you will make meaningful links across the world with like-minded people. This is particularly true if you compete in WKSA tournaments, seminars and demonstrations.

Represent Ireland at International Events

Since our first year in Ireland, we have taken teams of kids and adults to WKSA competitions in England, Scotland and Spain. We are proud to say that we have yet to come home to Ireland empty handed.

There are numerous WKSA competitions taking place around the world all year. At Kuk Sool Won Cork, we encourage our students to participate in WKSA competitions and demonstrations wherever possible.

Participating in competitions is a great way to focus your training and develop strength both physically and mentally. Furthermore, it is nice to have the chance to meet your international Kuk Sool Won peers, compete with them, and train with them.

Get taught by some of the best Martial Artists in the World

Seminars are an important part of Kuk Sool Won training. Seminars are in-depth workshops in the art of Kuk Sool Won. They are led by the Suh family and high level masters. One of the best and most unique things about Kuk Sool Won is that it offers its students the opportunity to learn directly from masters who can trace their martial art lineage back generations.



Achievements - There are various ways that we recognise achievements in Kuk Sool Won. Like many martial arts, we operate a belt system. You learn a specific syllabus for each belt level and depending on your age. When your instructor feels you are ready, you are invited to test for a belt. Each belt marks what you have learnt and what you are ready to move on to.
The WKSA also holds competitions in the art of Kuk Sool Won. These are closed competitions for WKSA members only. That said, they are large events and offer a great opportunity for you to meet your peers and see a cross section of skill, ability and aspects of Kuk Sool Won. We actively encourage you to take part in competitions.

Kuk Sool Won Cork Achievements WKSA Competitions

Every year since we were established in 2010, Kuk Sool Won Cork has taken a team from Ireland to WKSA competitions. Being the only Kuk Sool Won school in Ireland, we have to travel abroad to take part competitions. Kuk Sool Won competitions are run by the WKSA and take place in the UK, Europe, USA and Korea. So far, we have taken a team to the British, European, Scottish and Spanish competitions. We generally participate in at least 2 WKSA competitions per year and look forward to increasing that number in the future.

Below are details of our achievements in competitions


Gold 30

Silver 21

Bronze 40

Copper 35


Matt Boniwell Grand Champion  Spain 2007

Matt Boniwell Grand Champion  European Championships 2006

Fiona Boniwell Under Black Belt Grand Champion Spain 2012

Julie Tomlin Under Black Belt Trophy for 3rd Place over all Spain 2012

KSWCork 5th Place School Spain 2012


Kuk Sool Won Cork Achievements Black Belt Promotions

Kuk Sool Won Cork was established in April 2010. It generally takes a minimum 3-4 years to attain a blackbelt in Kuk Sool Won. At time of writing, we are looking forward to some of our school’s first black-belt promotions.


Contact Matthew Boniwell for more information on our classes

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