Oxford SulKiDo Martial Art - Fitness Self-Defence Korean Arts
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are brief answers to some of the common questions we recieve about
the Oxford SulKiDo club. Follow any of the More links for additional
information on a topic.
What happens in a typical session ?
All sessions begin with a thorough warm-up and stretching section.
What happens next depends on the specific aspects of the syllabus
being taught that day - come along and have a look (or better yet,
How good is the instruction ?
We have several resident instructors who, in addition to expertise
in SulKiDo, have a wide variety of other qualifications - including
such things as weight training, fitness coaching and aerobics. We
have a committment to providing high quality tuition.
Who can join?
The club is open to any adult (over 16), subject to restrictions
on health and behaviour. There's no requirement to have a connection
with the university.
Is the club established ?
The Oxford SulKiDo club has been operating continuously since 1974, and the
current instructors have been teaching at it since 1989 and 1997.
Do you take complete beginners ?
Yes, in fact most of our current members began SulKiDo with no prior
experience of martial arts.
What is the clubs `philosophy' ?
The club does not attempt to impose any philosophy or beliefs upon
its members, however we do insist that they treat each other with
courtesy and respect and hope that this attitude carries over into
How effective is it for self-defence ?
We teach a very wide variety of techniques - kicking, striking, grappling,
locks, escapes, throws etc. You should find something in our syllabus for
most eventualities - however it's up to you to develop the competence to
How effective is it for fitness ?
The range of movements involved in regular training exercises the
whole body in pretty much every way. We believe that a reasonable degree
of fitness is essential to anyone wishing to employ techniques
effectively - our training schedule works progressively to raise
fitness levels and since it
happens as part of normal instruction it should never get boring.
How does it compare with other martial arts ?
The question of which style is "best" is too vague and ambiguous to
be useful - it all depends on what you personally are hoping to get
out of training.
All we can say is that if you're looking for something that will
get you fit and teach you a wide variety of useful techniques then
SulKiDo should be high on your list. We don't do any
competition training however, so if your main goal is fighting for prizes
then you ought to consider something like Karate, TaeKwonDo or JuDo.
Only once a reasonable level of un-armed proficiency is achieved.
What about health problems ?
If you have any medical problems that could affect the ability of
yourself or others to exercise safely then these must be declared
to the instructor at the outset of training. There are very
few conditions that will completely prevent training (for instance,
asthma shouldn't be a problem provided you bring appropriate medication)
but we do need to know about things. Newcomers are asked to complete
a brief questionnaire covering relevant health issues.
Can I practise outside of the sessions ?
Some of the techniques can be practised at home after you've been
properly taught, however none of the throwing sections of the syllabus
should be done away from proper padded mats.
What are the black outfits people wear ?
These are called `doboks'. Newcomers recieve one free with their
What sort of atmosphere does the club have ?
We aim to be relatively informal subject to the requirements of
running a safe and constructive session. Members are encouraged
to ask questions rather than stay silent if they're unsure.
We also have a wide program of social events.
How does one make progress ?
SulKiDo has a highly structured
that introduces techniques gradually. There are regular grading exams
to assess competency and ensure that members have sufficient
skills to progress through the system.
How hard is it to learn ?
This depends on your previous experience - however it's fair to say
that while nobody finds it trivial, no able-bodied person
should find it impossible either. Enthusiasm and persistence
are much more important than natural ability.