Sa Bum Nim
SBN is a 4th Degree Black Belt and Principal Instructor for the Kuk Sool WonTM of West Oxfordshire Schools which he manages in joint partnership with his wife KSN Dawn. SBN Steve started his martial arts training after being inspired, like many, by Bruce Lee more the 30 years ago. He joined a local karate club in Suffolk which was part of the English Korean Karate Association, achieving 1st Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, which he studied for many years. Looking to develop his martial arts knowledge and moving away from the Suffolk area due to work commitments, Steve met and started training with his current instructor Master John Gravenell in Kuk Sool WonTM in the West Midlands. In 2000 after promotion to 1st Degree Black Belt, a career move to Germany meant that he had the opportunity to set up his first Kuk Sool WonTM school on a British military establishment. This successful school achieved numerous medals in UK tournaments and under his tutelage students gained promotion to 1st Degree Black Belt, one of which was his 12 year old son. Returning to the UK in 2005 opening his current school in Carterton. SBN Steve has won numerous medals and titles in Kuk Sool WonTM including, gold and silver medals in the 2002 World Championships held in Korea and 2nd Degree Grand Champion titles in the UK and European Championships of 2004 and 2006 respectfully.
Currently testing towards his Masters promotion within Kuk Sool Won and the rank of 5th degree black belt. Training for his promotion means training with his instructor Master John Gravenall in Birminigham as well as attending a number of workshop in Norwich and Liverpool lead by the Grandmaster's eldest son, 9th degree black beld Master Sung Jin Suh.
Pleased to announce SBN Steve will be promoting to 5th degree Master at European tournament, UEA Norwich 2nd June 2018.
Kyo Sa Nim
KSN Dawn is a 2nd Degree Black Belt instructor and is joint partner in Kuk Sool WonTM of West Oxfordshire with her husband SBN Steve. Dawn started her Kuk Sool WonTM training with Master John Gravenall in the West Midlands, training alongside her husband and sons. Whilst in Germany Dawn assisted SBN Steve in the set up and running of their first Kuk Sool WonTM school, concentrating on development of new junior students to enable achievement of their first grade. In 2002 Dawn attended the World Championships in Korea as part of the UK contingent. In 2009 Dawn entered her first tournament winning a silver medal in the European Championships. After taking time out from personal training to raise a family and due to some challenging health issues, Dawn persevered to overcome these and was very proud to promote to JKN level in 2010 and then on to KSN in 2014. KSN Dawn teaches within the junior student classes and assists with adult newcomers into the school. For further development KSN Dawn has attended seminars and workshops to aid her instructional betterment.
Kyo Sa Nim
KSN Tim is a 2nd Degree Black Belt and has been involved with various forms of martial arts for 30 years. He started as a boxer reaching school boy and ABA GB semi-finals as a Junior and achieving Combined Services and International level as a senior. KSN Tim is also a qualified boxing coach. While in the forces KSN Tim trained in unarmed combat techniques and consolidated this with further training as a bodyguard. KSN Tim started Kuk Sool WonTM 7 years ago after being introduced to it by his wife and son who are 1st Degree Black Belts. Striking and control techniques are areas of particular interest although he very much enjoys learning and trying to perfect the wide range of techniques and disciplines that constitute Kuk Sool WonTM. KSN Tim participates in the UK and European Championships winning several medals and he greatly enjoys attending the WKSA seminars and workshops.
Kyo Sa Nim
Paul Bond 2nd Degree
Kyo Sa Nim Paul has been training in Kuk Sool Won for over 15 years. He started his martial arts career under the tutelage of Master Steve Whiting at Diss Kuk Sool Won dojang in Norfolk, achieving the rank of red belt before moving. KSN Paul later achieved the rank of Jo Kyo Nim (1st degree black belt), under the instruction of Master Philip Hinchliffe at the Cambridge dojang before moving to Scotland. Between 2010 to 2014 he was a student and assistant instructor at Aberdeen Kuk Sool Won dojang, achieving his 2nd degree black belt in 2014. Moving school again in 2017, KSN Paul became a student and instructor at the West Oxfordshire Kuk Sool Won dojang. KSN Paul encourages a high energy level in his classes and stresses the importance of proper body conditioning and flexibility, which form the core of elements of his beginner lessons. He also particularly enjoys instructing and participating in the many forms of Kuk Sool Won, especially the open handed elements. He is currently testing for 3rd degree black belt.