The literal definition of Kyuki-Do is “The way or the art of striking with energy”. “Kyuk” means strike. “Ki” is energy. “Do” means art, path or method.

Kyuki-Do is a Korean martial art that primarily incorporates elements of Tae Kwon Do, Jiu-Jitsu, Hapkido and Judo. Kyuki-Do was brought to America in 1967 by Grand Master Ok Hyung Kim, the founder of the art. Grand Master Kim went on to found the American Kyuki-Do Federation in 1979.

Kyuki-Do is designed to be versatile, practical and effective at a variety of different ranges and in a variety of different situations. Tae Kwon Do derived kicks and strikes while Hapkido, Judo and Jiu-Jitsu add throws, locks, chokes and joint manipulation.

Kyuki-Do Student Pledge

  1. I shall respect my instructors and all senior ranks.
  2. I shall conduct myself in a respectful manner.
  3. I shall respect the teachings of Kyuki-Do and never misuse them.
  4. I shall always respect the rights of others.
  5. I shall strive for peace and comradery in the world.

Tenets of Kyuki-Do

  • Courtesy
  • Humility
  • Integrity
  • Perseverance
  • Self-Control
  • Indomitable Spirit

Korean Terminology:

Dee: Belt
Dobak: Uniform
Kuki: Flag
Do-Jang: Studio or Training Hall
Sahbum-Nim: Instructor
Jeja: Student
Chagi: kick
Makgi: Block
Chirugi: Strike with the hand
Sogi: Stance
Kihap: Shout/Yell


One: Hana
Two: Dul
Three: Set
Four: Net
Five: Da-Sut
Six: Yo-Sut
Seven: Il-Gup
Eight: Yo-Dul
Nine: Ah-Hop
Ten: Yul

Japanese Terminology:

Uki: Training Partner
Gi: Uniform
Backward Falling: Hoobang Nakbop
Forward Falling: Jeonbang Nakbop
Side Falling: Cheukbang Nakbop
Forward Roll Falling: Jeonbang Hejeon Nakbop
One Arm Shoulder Throw: Ippon Seio Nage
Major Outer Reaping Throw: Battari Hooriki
Large Outer Leg Sweep: Osoto Gari
Hip Toss: O Goshi

5 Theories of Power

Concentration: In order to deliver maximum force, one must exercise mental, physical and spiritual concentration.
Reaction Force: Using reciprocal action during the execution of a technique will assist in maintain balance and increasing force. When striking, the opposite side of your body should be pulled back to add power to your delivery and to maintain your balance.
Equilibrium: Power is dependent on proper stability. If you are unstable while delivering a technique, you are likely to stumble or fall, which will absorb much if the power that you are directing at your opponent.
Breath Control: Exhaling at the point of contact will tighten your muscles, flatten your stomach, and increase the speed of your delivery. Additionally, proper breath control will keep you from holding your breath or hyperventilating. The use of the kihap also achieves extra power greater than that of a silent exhalation.
Speed & Mass: Force is equal to mass times acceleration. In other words, if you want to increase the power of a punch, you will need to increase mass and/or speed.

School Rules

  1. Students must bow to the flag, Sah-Bun-Nim and other black belt instructors.
  2. Students must address instructors as Sir or Ma’am when speaking.
  3. Students must respect and obey instructors.
  4. Speaking during class is not permitted unless responding to instructors.
  5. Swearing, smoking and drinking liquor is prohibited.
  6. Students must attend classes regularly for their own good.
  7. Students must help keep the Do-Jang clean.

Form Meaning:

White (12th Kup)
Kibon – Beginning or Life – 12 Movements
Yellow-Stripe (11th Kup)
February (Winter) – Kicho – Foundation – 24 Movements
Yellow (10th)
March (Winter) – Kyuki Il Chang – Spark Spirit – 30 Movements
Green-Stripe (9th Kup)
April (Spring) – Kyuki Yee Chang – Spark Mental – 31 Movements
Green (8th Kup)
May (Spring) – Kyuki Sam Chang – Spark Physical – 29 Movements
Blue-Stripe (7th Kup)
June (Spring) – Guen Bon – Roots – 28 Movements
Blue (6th Kup)
July (Summer) – Chon Ji In Il Chang – Sky – 33 Movements
Brown-Stripe (5th Kup)
August (Summer) – Chon Ji In Yee Chang – Earth – 33 Movements
Brown (4th Kup)
September (Summer) – Chon Ji In Sam Chang – People – 33 Movements
Red-Stripe (3rd Kup)
October (Fall) – Man Nam – Meet Together – 52 Movements
Red (2nd Kup)
November (Fall) – Ka Chi – Go Together – 36 Movements
Black-Stripe  (1st Kup)
December (Fall) – Sa Rang – Love – 33 Movements
Kyuki-Do Nakbop Hyung – Form of Falling – 12 Movements

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