Class teaches suburban students unique skills to deal with bullies

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GURNEE, Ill. --  It is an art form dedicated to discipline and respect with traditions dating back thousands of years.. Kuk sool won uses joint locks, kicking, punching, blocking .  And it is helping Gurnee students also tackle bullying.

Jonathan Kness is the founder of Gurnee Kuk Sool Won, a school dedicated to carrying on this traditional Korean martial art.

“Throughout the curriculum of kook sul, we’re going to deal with what to do if someone grabs you physically or if someone was attacking you verbally,” Jonathan said.  “And we want to make sure they’re prepared for both sides.”

It also builds the confidence of its young attendees with techniques in mindful self-defense.

They will learn how to inflict dangerous moves, but more importantly when and when not to use them.

“We take the competitive aspect out of it, the ego out of it, and we just think legally and morally, ‘I’m obligated to keep myself safe keep my family safe.  I don’t need to beat anybody up to do that.’” Jonathan said.

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