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Kyuki-Do (격기도) (pronounced key-ook-ee-doe) is a Korean martial art that primarily incorporates elements of taekwondo, hapkido and judo. It also includes techniques from jujutsu, karate , boxing, wrestling , and many other arts and styles. In addition, it incorporates the use of traditional weapons from Japan (Weapons practiced in kobudo, as well as the Bo and Katana), Korea, China and the Philippines. Kyuki-Do was introduced to the United States in 1967 by Grand Master Ken Ok Hyung Kim, the founder of the art. The American Kyuki-Do Federation was established in 1979.

The following information pertains specifically to the American Kyuki-Do Federation. It may or may not relate to other forms of Kyuki-Do around the world.


Tenets of Kyuki-Do

Students of Kyuki-Do are expected to understand and abide by the following six tenets:

  1. Courtesy: Treating people with the respect that they deserve.
  2. Humility: Recognizing that no matter how great your accomplishments are, they do not make you a better person than anyone else.
  3. Integrity: Knowing the difference between right and wrong, and choosing to do what is right.
  4. Perseverance: Continuing even in the face of adversity.
  5. Self-Control: Exercising restraint over yourself, and being in command of your thoughts, feelings and actions.
  6. Indomitable Spirit: The spark that gives you the power to persevere.

Kyukido Forms

  1. Kibon: Basic or Beginning: Principle building blocks for your training, both mental and physical.
  2. Kicho: Foundation: A solid foundation which to build and develop your martial arts potential.
  3. Kyuki IL Jang/Kyuki IL Chang: Spark Spirit: Kyukido's ability to awaken the spiritual potential within each of us.
  4. Kyuki Yee Jang/Kyuki II Chang: Spark Mental: Kyukido's ability to awaken the mental potential within each of us.
  5. Kyuki Sam Jang/Kyuki Sam Chang: Spark Physical: Kyukido's ability to awaken the physical potential within each of us.
  6. Guen Bon: Roots: Representing the past experiences of those who have gone before us and who have given of themselves for our benefit.
  7. Chun Ji In IL Jang/Chun Ji In IL Chang: Sky: The limitless potential for the development and well being of the individual.
  8. Chun Ji In Yee Jang/Chun Ji In II Chang: Earth: Earth, which has served as the one constant for the development of humanity.
  9. Chun Ji In Sam Jang/Chun Ji In Sam Chang: People: Human kind, which fills the cosmos with hopes, dreams, and the uniqueness within each person; which together with the earth and heaven makes up the universe in which we live.
  10. Man Nam (Bo Staff Form): Meet or Gather Together: learning from contact, we are the sum total of all the experiences we have had, represented by the Bo staff.
  11. Kachi: Go Together: sharing the journey of life.
  12. Sa Rang: Love: the willingness to sacrifice yourself for the benefit of someone or something you believe in.
  13. Kyukido Nakbop: Kyukido's form of Judo (Yudo) falling.

Theory of Power

Kyuki-Do teaches that the development of powerful technique is derived from the application of the following five principles:

  1. Concentration: Delivering impact to the smallest target area, thereby concentrating the force and maximizing the effect, while focusing all of one's energy at the point of impact using Kihap (yell).
  2. Reaction Force: Using reciprocal action during the execution of a technique to assist in maintaining balance and increasing force.
  3. Equilibrium: Maintaining proper stability during the execution of techniques.
  4. Breath Control: Exhaling at the point of impact to tighten muscles, flatten the stomach, and increase the speed of delivery.
  5. Speed and Mass: Increasing the application of force by either accelerating the speed of the technique or by putting more body behind the delivery of the technique.

AKF School Pledge

  1. I shall respect my instructor and all senior ranks- The blackbelts of the AKF have worked extremely hard to be where they are, and we must observe their achievement by giving them our utmost admiration.
  2. I shall conduct myself in a respectful manner- Martial Arts of all forms is about honor, and we are not to embarrass ourselves through ignorance of this art. We want our masters to be proud to say we are a member of the AKF.
  3. I shall respect the teachings of Kyuki-Do and never misuse them Kyuki-Do is not only an art worth learning, but a privilege. Once we learn these teachings, we become a select group who must be especially responsible for our actions. Remember; " With great power comes great responsibility".
  4. I shall always respect the rights of others All people, from white belt to black, have a unique gift that they bring to this school. Encourage these gifts and remember to treat EVERY rank as though they were your superior.
  5. I shall strive for peace and camaraderie in the world. Just because we know how to fight, does not mean we should. If we can settle a confrontation with words, that is all we need to do.

Belt Rankings within the AKF

  1. Junior White (12th Kup)
  2. Senior White or "Yellow Stripe" (11th Kup)
  3. Junior Yellow (10th Kup)
  4. Senior Yellow or "Green Stripe" (9th Kup)
  5. Junior Green (8th Kup)
  6. Senior Green or "Blue Stripe" (7th Kup)
  7. Junior Blue (6th Kup)
  8. Senior Blue or "Brown Stripe" (5th Kup)
  9. Junior Brown (4th Kup)
  10. Senior Brown or "Red Stripe" (3rd Kup)
  11. Junior Red (2nd Kup)
  12. Senior Red or "Black Stripe" (1st Kup)
  13. Black (1st Dan through 10th Dan)

Belts are obtained through Promotions, where a student is judged on their free fighting, technique, self-defense, terminology, and forms (hyung, poomsae, or kata).


Korean Counting



At ease-Sheyot
Eyes front(Return to ready)-Pbaro
Switch feet-Keyoday
About Face-Dwiro Dora


Front kick-Ahp chagi
Side kick-Yop chagi
Roundhouse kick-Tdollyio chagi
Back kick-Di chagi
Inside-outside crescent kick-Ahp yok tdolliyo chagi
Outside-inside crescent kick-Ahp tdolliyo chagi
Hook kick-Golcha chagi
Axe kick-Jigo Chagi
Twist kick-ituro chagi


Punch(Front fist strike)-Ahp jamook chirugi
Hammer fist strike-Meh jamook chirugi
Back fist strike-Deung jamook chirugi
Knife hand strike-Son kahl chirugi
Palm heel strike-Son badock chirugi
Ridge hand strike-Yok son kahl chirugi
Arc hand strike-Pbantdal son chirugi
Elbow strike-Palkumchi chirugi
High section-Sandan
Mid section-Chundan
Low section-Hadan


Front stance-Ahp sogi
Back stance-Di sogi
Horse stance-Kima sogi
X stance-Kyocha sogi
Fixed stance-Kochang sogi
One leg stance-Hak tdari sogi

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