Kuk Sool Won™ incorporates 24 weapon styles, taken from the ancient Korean Royal Court, Buddhist Temple Arts, and Tribal Arts.
Weapons of Korean Warriors: The Fighting Tools of Kuk Sool Won
by Audrey Reinoehl, Black Belt Magazine, February 1989
- Bong - Staff. The oldest weapon.
- Jung Bong - Middle staff.
- Jang Bong - Long staff.
- Gum - Short, middle and long; single or double; straight or inverted. The most popular weapon. Korean swords varied greatly in size, shape, and style. The governing philosophy was that every sword should be custom made to suit the size and strength of it's wielder. The below four sword types refer to both a shape and style of sword, and to the technique used in wielding it.
- Jung gum - Straight Sword.
- Yuk Gum - Inverted Sword Principles.
- Jang Ssang Gum - Double longswords.
- Dan Sang Gum - Double Shortswords. Originally used by female Royal Court bodyguards, these hilted, double shortswords were easily concealed in robes.
- Kal Gum - Knife. Taught as both a melee weapon and as a throwing weapon.
- Dang Pa - The Dang Pa is a triple bladed spear, sometimes called a trident. It is between seven feet, six inches and eighteen feet long and has either an iron or wooden tip. The dang pa was a fundamental defensive weapon that was sometimes used to launch fire at enemy troops.
- Dan Bong - Short Sticks. Originating with ancient village militias, and gaining popularity with the Royal Court because of its concealability.
- Ji Pang-Ee - Cane. Ji Pang-Ee Sool - Cane fighting technique. The walking cane was a favorite weapon of Buddhist monks, who were fobidden from taking life.
- Bu Chae - Fan. Noblemen's weapon. Constructed of a special hardwood known as pak dahl, which grows only in Korea. This Pak Dahl is further steamed and treated to give it a hardness rivaling that of metal.
- Po Bak - Rope. Another Royal Court Favorite, because of its innocuous appearance and concealability.
- Jool Bong - Flail, Joined staff. Nunchaku in Japanese.
- Gung Si - Bow & arrow. Gung Sool is archery.