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EXPLORE TRADITIONAL MARTIAL ARTS and make a change that will benefit you physically, mentally… and more!

About Our School

Kuk Sool Won of the Upstate is proud to offer the MOST COMPLETE traditional Korean martial arts training in the Upstate area. As a proud member of the World Kuk Sool Association, we pride ourselves in offering the most traditional and functional Korean martial art anywhere.


Traditional Martial Arts

Kuk Sool Won is a traditional Korean martial art that teaches not only the physical aspects of martial arts, but also the history and culture from which it was developed. The result is not only a ‘fighting class,’  but a cultural experience to give our students an appreciation of Kuk Sool’s rich cultural heritage, respect, and discipline

Health & Fitness

One of the most important aspects of any traditional martial discipline is the emphasis on health and wellness, and at Kuk Sool Won Upstate we make physical training and discipline — stretching, conditioning, and cardiovascular fitness — the cornerstone of our training. Let’s face it, we might never get in a fight, but we have to get out of bed every single day!

Superior Self-Defense

A craftsman is only as effective as his tools, and the ‘toolbox’ of Kuk Sool Won — striking and kicking, throwing and grappling, joint locking and pressure points, body protection technique, and traditional weapons (offensive as well as defensive) — gives our students the tools and ability to handle any situation



Dr. Daniel Middleton, JDKJN

Ji Do Kwan Jang Nym (7th Degree) Master Instructor of Kuk Sool Won,
licensed chiropractor (SC 1559), published author, and teacher

“As a martial arts teacher for over 30 years, one of my great joys is to pass on to future generations the insights gained in over 45 years of practical experience and in training with some of the great instructors of our generation. Kuk Sool Won was chosen deliberately because, of all the different martial arts I have been exposed to, it offers the MOST and the BEST… Kuk Sool Won is truly a ‘graduate level’ martial arts program.”

Dr. Daniel Middleton has practiced Kuk Sool Won Traditional Korean Martial Arts for nearly 40 years and currently holds the rank of Ji Do Kwan Jang Nym (7th Degree Master Instructor). A 3rd generation student of Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh (the founder of Kuk Sool Won), Dr. Middleton began his training in 1976 under Master Gene Gause, and earning his Black Belt in 1982 under Master Soo Taek Lim. Opening his first school in Spartanburg, SC in 1984, he has taught in the Upstate continuously since, opening Anderson Kuk Sool Won in 1994. In the past, he has also studied a number of different styles (T’ien Shan P’ai, Northern Shaolin, Li Gar, Taijiquan, Kali, Jeet Kune Do/Jun Fan, Xingyi, Bagua, and others), bringing an additional depth of understanding to his instruction. Apart from teaching Kuk Sool Won, he is also a published author, a practicing chiropractor (having served as Clinic Director at The Joint of Anderson 2013-2017), and has taught Anatomy and Physiology at both Greenville and Tri-County Technical Colleges, and brings as wealth of experience from this background to his teaching.

Mary Boucher, PSBN

Pu Sa Bum Nym (3rd Degree) Instructor of Kuk Sool Won, Program Director, Curriculum and Community Outreach Coordinator at Kuk Sool Won Upstate

Having started when I was 7 years old, I have trained in Kuk Sool forabout 17 years and, to be honest, I’m not sure how long I’ve been teaching…but what I’ve fallen in love with are the “aha” moments. Watching a child beam after their first board break, a teenager suddenly find their voice, or hearing an adult brag about something they accomplished with us- nothing is as fun as that.”

Mary Boucher has practiced Kuk Sool Won Traditional Korean Martial Arts for over 15 years and currently holds the rank of Pu Sa Bum Nym (3rd Degree Black Belt Instructor). She also holds a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, which enhances her teaching of sparring and drills. PSBN Mary, as Head Instructor and Program Director, specializes in directing Kuk Sool Won of the Upstate’s Adult and Children’s Programs, as well as designing and implementing special training classes for adults and kids. Apart from teaching Kuk Sool Won, Kyo Sa Nym Mary divides her time between academics (Clemson University and Tri-County Technical College) and working at the Anderson Free Clinic.

Judson Jahn, PSBN

Pu Sa Bum Nym (3rd Degree) Instructor of Kuk Sool Won, Attorney,
and Professor at Clemson University

“As an attorney and university faculty member, I haveto stay mentally sharp, so exercising my mind is as important as exercising my body. Kuk Sool Won provides never-ending opportunities to train my mind bu learning new techniques and forms, or — more frequently — learning new aspects of material I was taught years ago.”

Judson started training in Kuk Sool Won Traditional Korean Martial Arts for over 15 years. He currently holds the rank of Pu Sa Bum Nym (3rd Degree Black Belt), and had previously trained in Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido prior t his introduction to Kuk Sool Won in 2002..  Outside of training and teaching Kuk Sool Won, Judson is a Senior Lecturer of Legal Studies and Taxation at Clemson University, where he also serves as the School of Accountancy’s Study Abroad Coordinator. His daughter (Jo, a Kyo Sa Nym) and son (JR, a Jyo Kyo Nym) are also Black Belts at Kuk Sool Won of the Upstate.

Jo Jahn, KSN

Kyo Sa Nym (2nd Degree) Instructor of Kuk Sool Won, Head
Instructor of our Tiny Tigers Program at Kuk Sool Won Upstate

I began training in Kuk Sool Won at the age of four, which gives me the perspective to personalize training for children’s classes and effectively organize martial arts day camps in the summer. One of my favorite parts about Kuk Sool Won is being able to help kids reach their potential as martial artists. Outside of training, I study Anthropology and Biological Sciences at Clemson University as a part of the Calhoun Honors College, which gives me an insight into how Kuk Sool techniques affect the human body.”

Jo started training in Kuk Sool Won at the age of four in 2002. She currently holds the rank of Kyo Sa Nym (Second Degree Black Belt) and is in the testing cycle and scheduled for promotion to Pu Sa Bum Nym (3rd Degree Black Belt) in 2018. She loves working with children and has organized a number of martial arts summer camps. Outside of training at Kuk Sool Won Upstate, Jo was instrumental in starting a Kuk Sool Won Club at Clemson University under the auspices of Kuk Sool Won of Clemson, where she introduced Kuk Sool classes on campus to fellow college students. She studies Anthropology and Biological Sciences and is a member of the Calhoun Honors College after graduating from the South Carolina Governor’s School of Science and Mathematics in 2015.

Vanessa Jackson, JKN

Jyo Kyo Nym (1st Degree) Instructor of Kuk Sool Won, Full Instructor
Adult and Children’s classes at Kuk Sool Won Upstate

I have been practicing Kuk Sool Won for about 9 years now, and find the variety and range of techniques to be very practical for self-defense. The discipline of my Kuk Sool training helps to nurture and develop my personal  well-being and confidence, while the physical training and inherent adaptability of the techniques allows me to work confidently with students of different sizes and statures.”

Vanessa Jackson has been training in martial arts for almost 10 years, having prior training in a traditional Japanese style martial art for two years before moving here from Virginia, but has practiced Kuk Sool Won for 8 years, currently holding the rank of Jo Kyo Nym, First Degree Black Belt.  In addition to Kuk Sool Won, Vanessa has been a licensed and practicing Physical Therapist for twenty-two years.  With years of experience in Physical Therapy, she instinctively recognizes the correct fluid body movements involved in the art of Kuk Sool Won. She has two young daughters (Solana, a Jyo Kyo Nym) and Addie (currently a Dahn Boh Nym) who also practice Kuk Sool Won.

Assistant Instructors

JR Jahn, JKN
(1st Degree Black Belt)

Sam Sanders, JKN
(1st Degree Black Belt)

Solana Jackson, JKN
(1st Degree Black Belt)

Joel Corbett, JKN
(1st Degree Black Belt)


Tiny Tigers & Little Dragons

Our Children’s Programs are age-specific and divided into Tiny Tigers (4yo-6yo) and Little Dragons (6yo-8yo). Both of these programs are based on the standard Kuk Soo curriculum, but with ‘required material’ broken down into more manageable ‘bites’ while still emphasizing the core traditional martial arts values of respect and discipline, goal setting, and leadership skills

Youth and Junior Classes

Older students (8yo-12yo) are introduced to a greater amount of material — although still following the Kuk Sool curriculum — while at the same time being encouraged to demonstrate a higher degree of physical performance as well as a more detailed understanding of technique fundamentals, as well as how to apply these fundamentals for self-defense

Teen and Adult Classes

Teen and Adult classes at Kuk Sool Won Upstate concentrate on fitness and flexibility, applied anatomy and physiology in the application of techniques (the why as well as the how of a technique), a deeper initiation into the detail and history behind Kuk Sool, a greater emphasis on weapons training and self-defense, as well as more emphasis on sport and competition

Class Times


4:15pm – 4:45pm   Tiny Tiger (4-6yo)
NOTE: Tiny Tigers Class Tuesdays ONLY 5:00pm – 5:45pm   Little Dragons (6-8yo) 6:00pm – 6:50pm   Juniors (8-12yo)
7:00pm – 8:00pm   Adults (13 and older)


6:00pm – 7:00pm   Adults (13 and older)

To see our current monthly calendar and a list of special events, please follow this link


What Will I Learn at Kuk Sool Won Upstate?

  • Striking and Kicking Techniques (similar to karate and Tae Kwon Do)
  • Throwing and Grappling (similar to wrestling, judo, and jui-jitsu)
  • Joint-locking and pressure point techniques (similar to Aikido and jui-jitsu)
  • Animal-style techniques such as Tiger, Mantis, Crane, and Dragon (similar to Chinese boxing and kung fu)
  • Body protection techniques and martial arts gymnastics
  • Traditional Korean forms (hyung) – empty hand and weapons forms
  • Traditional Korean weapons — staff, short stick, spear, straight sword, inverted sword, double short swords, flail, folding fan, walking cane, belt/rope, throwing knives, Korean archery, etc.

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Stop by and observe a class in progress to see for yourself what sets Kuk Sool Won of the Upstate apart from any other martial arts school in the area. Kuk Sool Won of the Upstate 3014 N. Main Street  Ste.F Anderson, South Carolina 29621 Phone  (864) 209-7776 info@kswupstate.com (or simply fill in and submit form below)

Kuk Sool Won of the Upstate

Located in Sullivan Square Shopping Center, Lower Level behind Papa John’s Pizza


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