Kuk Sool Won Cork
Matt first opened Kuk Sool Won Cork in the lovely little village of Ballinspittle. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way and close to the stunning coastal town of Kinsale, it is a unique place with a vibrant community. He has since opened classes in Kinsale and nearby Carrigaline.
Matthew and his Journey in Kuk Sool Won
Matthew began his Kuk Sool Won training in 1996. He had previously tried a few martial arts and while he enjoyed them, Kuk Sool Won was the first to captivate him. (He also liked the fact that he got to wear a black suit for training!)
Matthew has trained continuously, working steadily through the belt system. He has also studied aspects of Kuk Sool not covered in the syllabus that form part of the broader system of this martial art.
In order to broaden his knowledge and understanding, Matthew has traveled extensively around the UK and Europe. He has also been to South Korea where he trained with his Korean peers and took part in competition. Matthew has had the great privilege of being taught by the founder of Kuk Sool Won, Grand Master In Hyuk Suh and his sons, Master Sung Jin Suh and Master Alex Suh.
Achievements in Kuk Sool Won
Matthew Boniwell has participated in competitions every year since 1997. He has won numerous trophies and medals.
2 Grand Champion Titles
20 Gold Medals
21 Silver Medals
16 Bronze Medals
13 Copper Medals
Matthew achieved his Masters degree in Kuk Sool Won in 2016 and is also a certified competition judge.
Kuk Sool Won and Beyond…
Matthew has taught KSW to members of the police force, Parkour athletes and to stunt professionals. He has applied his martial arts skills in films and TV as both an actor and fight choreographer.
Beyond his life in Kuk Sool Won, Matthew spent over a decade honing his performance skills as a professional musician in the recording studio and touring the U.K with his band. His music was featured on the BBC’s Top Gear, and in an American documentary on Horror movies. His experience in music and performance is something he applies to his approach to demonstrations in Kuk Sool Won, whether performing or choreographing.
In terms of extra-curricular physical challenges, Matt has competed in various events such as Hell and Back and the notorious Tough Guy challenge (the last time he did Tough Guy, he did so with a great time and no injuries, only to trip in the foot bath at the end and gash his shin trying to save his tea and biscuit!).