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IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido (Goshin Jitsu)

An Overview:
IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido includes Self-Defense Techniques, Fitness and Exercise Patterns, Conditioning Movements, Martial Arts Demonstration Techniques and Competition Training.
The Imperial International Martial Arts Federation's Training programs can benefit Men, Women, Teens, Children, and Families. We teach a variety of Martial Arts styles with all the best techniques thought in an organized and beneficial manner. It will be our pleasure to train you. Our Martial Arts curriculum can be customized to fit your needs, in other words, we will make the necessary adjustments based on the needs of each student.

 Kuksool Hapkido is an amazing study of the modern and traditional Martial Arts, which together comprise superior Techniques. We can also teach you eastern Philosophy and history. As a Martial Arts system, Kuksool Hapkido is extremely rare; and seeks to integrate and explore the entire spectrum of the International Martial Arts and: Iron Body development techniques training, Internal Power development techniques training, as well as mental and spiritual (non-religious) development, character building, Modern and Traditional Martial Arts weapons training for today's Fitness and Self Defense needs.

The IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido Characteristics:

 IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido Includes many different "Martial Arts in one style." However, it still has some distinct characteristics that set it apart from all other types of Martial Arts. It is typically characterized by having special Fighting stances and walking stances. IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido Techniques seem Fluid, Graceful, but at the same time Powerful motions which include the use of Brute Force. There is also an emphasis on joint locks, Pressure Points Manipulation, Throws, Take Downs, Control moves, Chokes, Standing Grappling and Ground Grappling. IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido can be described as being a Kick Punching style, which includes Grappling and Hands Strikes in addition to circular, and Hard and Soft Movements.

The IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido Creed:

    • All IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido Practitioners are expected to abide by the Laws of their country, If they do not agree with the Laws of their country, they should try to change them peacefully, if they cannot do that, they should move to a country which they are able to live in peace and freedom.

    • As a member of the Imperial International Martial Arts Federation, one will obey the Rule of Law and will conduct them self's in accordance with the true spirit of Humanity.

    • We pledge to be loyal to our Emperor or King or President and to promote the Development of a better Way of Life for All.

    • All People are born equal. All people should have the same basic rights under the law, regardless of their Race, Religion, Gender, Skin Color, Nationality, and Finances.

    • We Will Stand up Against Terrorism, Violent Crime, Child Abuse, Animal Abuse, Racism, Reverse Racism and Ignorance.

    • We will spread World Peace through Higher Education, Spirituality and Modern science. Never stop learning.

One of the Most Important aspects of IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido is the theory of:

"MIX MARTIAL ARTS”. This means "Complete Self-Defense”. The first part of IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido is 'Spiritual', which symbolizes the Creator, The Higher Being, The Universe, Nature, Logic, and kindness with the emphases on Meditation.
The second part of IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido is Mind over Matter (Intelligence or Mental Togetherness and Modern Science).
The third part of IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido is the Body or Physical well being.The importance of Personal Fitness through IIMAF Martial Arts training. That means one should always be active and ready to Defend Themselves Against Criminal Violence. The above represents the desire to achieve harmony between Spirit, Mind, and Body. The idea is to combine these three aspects and use them to Better the practitioner's Training and Life.
The redirecting of attacks in IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido are typically characterized by circular movements. In practice this is obtained through Constant Training.

IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido Includes the following sets of Martial Arts Techniques:

Joint Locking and Breaking Techniques: Various Joint Locks are employed in IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido, including Wrist Locks, Arm-Bars, and Large and Small Joint Manipulation.

Hand Striking Attacks:

 Hand Strikes are performed in close distance confrontations and as an alternative to kicking. They are executed in a number of ways - from Standing, Jumping, Spinning and Rushing forward. Hand Strikes make up fast Combination of Strikes which can leave criminal attackers stunned and unable to fight back. Hand Strikes can be separated into two distinct styles: Closed Hand Strikes (Punches and Boxing) & Open Hand Techniques.

Various surfaces of the hand may be engaged as the Striking Surface depending on which area of the attacking criminal's body is being targeted. This leads to a large array of Hand Striking Positions.

IIMAF Fore Fist - A closed fist may be Jabbed out directly to Strike with the Four Fist Knuckles. This is a suitable position for general Punches to soft areas of the body. Without protection, it is inadvisable to strike the bony parts of the face, as fingers are likely to get broken if used against the criminals attackers bones, especially Jaw Bones.

IIMAF Four Knuckle Strike - This is a fist shape particular to the Imperial Martial Arts. Instead of closing the fist completely, the fingers are held out and only the knuckles are bent thereby presenting the upper set of knuckles as the striking surface. This Fist Strike is used for breaking boards as the smaller surface area concentrates the punches power. In Self-Defense, it may be used to purposefully break a criminal Attackers bones.

IIMAF Boxing and Punching Techniques: palm, fist, wrist, finger, closed hand, open hand, arm, shoulder and pressure-point striking techniques.

Other IIMAF Attacking Techniques:

 IIMAF Kicking Techniques:

 Low, High, Middle, Spinning, Jumping, Combination, and Pressure-Point Kicks.

IIMAF Throwing, Standing Grappling, and Ground Grappling:

Body Throws, Projection Throws Leg Throws, Pressure-Point Grappling, Grappling Defense, Wrestling, and Ground-Fighting Techniques.(Grappling is an one sport. Grappling should be avoided in Self Defense Situations.

IIMAF Falling and Rolling Techniques:

Much different Falling and Rolling techniques are taught in IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido. These techniques allow a practitioner to fall into a variety of positions while minimizing injury. This is typically accomplished through maximizing the surface area on impact to prevent damaging force in an isolated area of the body, especially to the face and head.

 IIMAF Chinese Animal-Style Techniques: Tiger, Mantis, Crane, Dragon, Snake, Bear, Eagle and more.

IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido Weapons Training: Swords (short, long, Single and Double, Straight and Inverted), Staff (Short, Middle and Long, Single and Double), also Nun Chucks, Knife, Spear, Throwing Knife, Cane, Rope, Fan, and Modern Day Weaponry.

Special Training is also offered in:

      • First Aid and C.P.R.

      • Supplementation (Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs)

      • Acupressure/Massage, CHI/Ki Internal Energy Training

      • Meditation and Breathing Techniques: Meditation, Breathing Postures, concentration Meditation, Martial Arts Yoga and Relaxation Meditation Techniques.

IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido Ranking:

At each rank level of IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido, a student has to know certain Kicking, Punching, Striking, Grappling, Weapons, Breathing and Meditation Techniques. Once a student has attained the Black-Belt level, they are introduced to Weapons Sparring. These are done against one, two or three opponents.

Also at 1st Black-Belt rank or above, Caution is taken at first to learn Martial Arts Techniques and not to injure you or your training partner. True mastery is demonstrated (among other things) by full speed and full contact training.

In addition, all IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido has
IIMAF Ten Guiding Principles:

(The following principles guide the students of IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido):

1. Good Intentions or improved Thoughts

2. Good Words, Improved Speech, So You Will Reduce Harmful Speech

3. Good Deeds, Improved Behavior, So You Might Not Lose Your Liberty and freedom

4. Good Health, Better Health, So You Could Live Better and Longer

5. A Clear Conscience, So you will Feel Less Guilt

6. Regular Medical and Dental Checkups

7. Good Sleeping Habits

8. Good Eating Habits, Eat Health Foods

9. Good Personal Hygiene, Keep Yourself and Your Surroundings Clean

10. Respecting your own and the Rights of others.

IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido Techniques:

IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido systematically divides and applies principles of International Martial Arts into many Techniques, which are organized into Technique Sets. Each belt level has one or more Technique sets which all IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido Student are required to know before advancing to a higher level. The number of Techniques in each belt can range from as little as Eight to more than Twenty Six, which are ordered and grouped by belt ranking. For instance, there are Kicking Techniques, as well as Counter-to-Grappling Techniques.

Technique sets also range in the students level of experience, with some higher-belt Students Techniques can be similar to lower-belts Techniques, but with a precise method of application. Individual Techniques are performed with one or more partners from different stances. Most Techniques end with a proper application of a Joint Lock, Choke, Strike, Throw, Grappling or a combination of any of these. In order to be a Realistic Martial Artist, IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido Techniques must be performed with Speed, Accuracy, and Power.IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido Uniforms.

All IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido basic uniforms are black standardized Martial Arts uniforms, They come with black medium or heavy weight IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido pants and the IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido training top. The uniform material can be strong Like the Grappling Uniforms, as it must allow the user to perform the complete verity of IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido Martial Arts Techniques.

Following The Imperial Military Traditions, the IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido uniforms are black, but they can also be white in certain Demonstrations, due to the fact that white is a color associated with Zoroastrianism.

There are Five types of IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido uniforms:

      • The very plain Black "V" neck IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido uniform #1, has no patches or Logos.

      • The IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido Training uniform #2.This is the most used of all the uniforms of IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido. It contains just the basic black uniform, but also it can have different patches which may vary slightly due to the students National Flag. In general, The Imperial Crowned, Sun, Sword and Lion patch with writing in English is worn over the left breast, while the Students National Flag patch is worn over the right breast. The back of the uniform often has IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido written in English.

      • These patches are also present on every of the IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido #3 uniforms. A Students National Flag patch may also be worn on the shoulder. However, patches may be worn to identify a particular IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido school. This is to help promote IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido as one Federation and to promote a friendly, family-like sentiment between students and instructors.

      • Black Belt Student uniform#4 is a practice uniform with a white fabric attached to a longer top skirt. It may only be worn by 1st Degree Black Belts and above. However, The uniform will not have White Fabric if worn by an instructor.

      • IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido Imperial uniform #5 is for formal occasions which are limited to Testing’s, Promotions, Demonstrations and Official Visits. The uniform itself is modeled after the Tuxedo Formal Uniforms. Like the Black Belt uniform, it contains a longer skirted top which is cut into "V" Sharp sections. The sleeves are held tight against the wearer's wrists and a scarf (There are Black, White, Yellow, Red, Green, and Gold Scarfs which are worn underneath the uniform with the Imperial emblem on the Center of the Scarf. Only Black Belts holders can wear the Imperial uniform, and the person's rank is denominated by the decorative outline on the Shoulders of the Imperial Uniform in addition to the uniform, the color scarf and emblem can display the person's rank.

IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido Uniform Ranking:

1st Degree Black Belt: Black uniform, White Trim with Black Scarf and the: Crown, Sun, Sword and Lion Patch.

2nd Degree Black Belt: Black uniform, White and Silver Trim with White Scarf and the: Crown, Sun, Sword and Lion Patch.

3rd Degree Black Belt: Black uniform, Silver Trim with Silver Scarf and the: Crown, Sun, Sword and Lion Patch.

4th Degree Black Belt- Black uniform, Silver/Green Trim with Silver Scarf and the: Crown, Sun, Sword and Lion Patch.

5th Degree Black Belt-Black uniform, Green Trim with Green Scarf and the: Crown, Sun, Sword and Lion Patch.

6th Degree Black Belt- Black uniform, Green and Red Trim with Green Scarf and the: Crown, Sun, Sword and Lion Patch.

7th Degree Black Belt - Black uniform, Red Trim with Red Scarf and the: Crown, Sun, Sword and Lion Patch.

8th Degree Black Belt - Black uniform, Red/Gold Trim with Red Scarf and the: Crown, Sun, Sword and Lion Patch.

9th Degree Black Belt- Black uniform, Gold Trim with Gold Scarf and the:

Crown, Sun, Sword and Lion Patch.

10th Degree Black Belt - Dark Navy Blue Uniform with Gold Trim, Gold Scarf and the: Crown, Sun, Sword and Lion Patch.

IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido Belt Ranking:

IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido uniforms include a belt which Shows the rank and length of Training. IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido schools may also issue belts with black stripes, notably at the Brown Belt level II and the Red Belt Level II. These stripes indicate proficiency in some of the many requirements needed to attain the next rank. Between Brown and 1st Black Belt are advanced color belt stages, where students are required to show their Expertise before advancing to 1st Degree Black Belt. Advancement from Brown Belt I to 1st Degree Black Belt depends largely on the student's dedication and Training. Going from White Belt to the rank of 1st Degree Black Belt could take anywhere from 3 to 8 years.

Higher Black Belt Levels Have Special Titles:

1st Degree - Black Belt Student

2nd Degree - Back Belt Student

3rd Degree - Black Belt Student

4th Degree Black Belt - (Assistant Instructor)

5th Degree Black Belt - (Master Instructor) Masters are presented with a thick Black Belt to symbolize Their Mastery.

6th Degree Black Belt - (6th Degree Head Master Instructor)

7th Degree Black Belt - (7th Degree Head Master Instructor)

8th Degree Black Belt - (8th Degree Chief Master Instructor)

9th Degree Black Belt - (9th Degree Chief Master Instructor)

10th degree Black Belt- (Supreme Grand master Instructor)

None Black Belt students are referred to as "colored belts", or by their belt color.

Back in the Ancient times, Martial Arts meant Military Arts. As you read our website you notice that the Imperial International Martial arts Federation finds its roots in the Armed Forces. That is why we have special uniforms and special titles for our higher Black Belt ranks. A white belt could be considered a Private in the Armed Forces and a Supreme Grand Master could be considered a five star General.

These Imperial International Martial Arts Federation Black Belt ranks show the practitioners dedication to his or her Martial Arts. These Black Belt ranks are something to be proud of. The recipients of these Black Belt ranks are Humble experts in their own right and are not superhuman.

Some even get married in their full Martial arts uniforms and belts.

A true Martial Artist never shows off. A true Martial Artist never Bullies others. A true Martial Artist never Challenges others to fight. A true Martial Artist knows that a tombstone courage will end their lives. The True Martial Arts philosophy is against revenge.

IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido Tournament and Competition Training:

An IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido student can be trained to fight in Competitions, Tournaments and Championships.

      • Full Contact Karate Competitions

      • Bare Knuckle Competitions

      • Cage Fighting/Mix Martial Arts Competitions (Very Extensive Training is needed, 8 hours a day,

      • 5 days a week until 3 days before the fight).

      • Taekwondo Competitions

      • Karate Competitions

      • Kick Boxing Competitions

Although sparring is considered an important aspect of

IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido, but it is not emphasized as much as
IIMAF Royal Muay Thai, IIMAF Taekwondo and IIMAF Power Karate.

Kuksool Hapkido History:

1960's - Kuksool Hapkido established Hand to Hand Combat Training for

the Imperial Elite Immortal Guards (Imperial Special Forces).

1970'S - Supreme Grand Master Instructor Moon begins teaching

Kuksool Hapkido to the Imperial Elite Immortal Guards ( Imperial Special Forces).

1980-Supreme Grand Master Instructor Moon's Kuksool Hapkido Center established in The United States of America.

1981- The Humble Shawn Shervan begins formal Martial Arts training, which included: Kuksool, Hapkido, Kuksool Hapkido, Buddhist Martial Arts, Chi Kong (Qigong), Pro Hapkido, Sinmoo Hapkido, Power Karate, Traditional Karate, Traditional Taekwondo, WTF Taekwondo, Muay Thai Kick Boxing, Boxing, some Wrestling and some Grappling.

Chief Master Instructor Shawn Shervan has received 8th Degree Black Belt Certification, After 30 years of Martial Arts Training.

1982 - Supreme Grand Master Instructor Moon Preforms Kuksool Hapkido Demonstrations in Reseda.

1991 - Supreme Grand Master Instructor Moon passes away.

1992 - Publication of IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido handbooks and instructional videos. Head Master Instructor Shawn Shervan Establishes IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido World H.Q. in Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A.

1994 - Head Master Instructor Shawn Shervan is honored and presented with the Title of Chief Master Instructor.

During the history of the IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido, most Imperial Guards Men were very accomplished Martial Artists, which was occasionally called upon during National Ceremonies to Demonstrate their Fighting Abilities. Today, the tenets of Zoroastrianism, Sufism, Buddhism, and Hinduism are prevalent in

IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido Philosophy, a way of life, and not as a Religion. IIMAF is not a Religious Organization.

IIMAF Philosophy teaches practitioners Honor and Forgiveness.

The IMPERIAL INTERNATIONAL MARTIAL ARTS FEDERATION can also train your Mind Over Matter, Meaning: Your Brain can become stronger than your physical Body. With time, you can learn to do unbelievable things.

“No matter how good you get in the Martial Arts, no matter how well you’re perceived to be doing by others, your training is never over.”

C.M.Shawn Shervan

An IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido Student should become Humble and should have Compassion for all Living Things.

IIMAF Kuk Sool Hapkido's Modern History:

IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido's modern history can be indirectly traced back to the Imperial Elite Immortal Guards (Imperial Special Forces) They gave their lives fighting terrorism. Today there are Men and Women of the free world risking their lives to defeat Terrorism and the forces of darkness.

The Imperial Guardsmen believed in GOD, KING, and COUNTRY. of the Honorable PAHLAVI Dynasty. During this period almost all aspects of the Indo-European Culture was re-Introduced to the nation, including the teaching of Imperial Court Martial Arts. Those practicing Martial Arts were Rewarded. Some of the Top Imperial Military Commanders and National Hero's were the Late General’s Ali Neshat, Gen. Rahimi, Gen.Biglary, Gen.Nader Jahanbani, Gen.Badrai, Gen.Aryana, Gen.Khosrodad, Gen.Nasiri, Gen.Naji, Gen.Oveisi, Gen.Ayat Mohagheghi, Gen.Parviz Amini-Afshar, Gen.Zand-Karimi,Veghaar, Gen.Shams-tabrizi, Gen.Riyahi, Gen.Pakravan, Gen.Nozari-Baghaa, Gen.Niazmand, Gen.Nezami, Gen.Molavi, Gen.Matbouie, Gen.Khajehnouri, Gen.Imaani-far, Gen.Fathi-Moghadam, Gen.Deh-panaah, Gen.Bidabaadi, Gen.Behzadi, Gen.Yazdi, Gen.Voshmguir, Gen.Sadri, Gen.Saadatmand, Gen.Rabii, Gen.Moghadam, Gen.Moddares, Gen.Majidi, Gen.Khalatbari, Gen.Khajehnouri, Gen.Jafarian, Gen.Jafari, Gen.Hojat Kashani, Gen.Hatam, Gen.Brenjiaan, Gen.Bakhshi-Azar, Gen.Buick Amini-Afshar, Gen.Shirani, Gen.Yazd-jerdi, Gen.Vosough, Gen.Torabi, Gen.Sojdehi, Gen.Shirazi, Gen.Shafat, Gen.Safaii, Gen.Nourbakhsh, Gen.Nazemi, Gen.Moetamedi Kordestani, Gen.Malek, Gen.Khoshnam, Gen.Kahaali, Gen.Javaheri, Gen.Hosuhmand Hamedani, Gen.Hamidi-Ashtiani, Gen.Hamedanian, Gen.Ghafari, Gen.Fathi-Moghadam, Gen.Esfandiari, Gen.Bayat, Gen.Badii, Gen.Ansari, Gen.Iraj Amini Afshar, Gen.Amid and Gen.Alaai. General Neshat was the last Commander of the Imperial Elite Immortal Guards before it was dissolved by the Bloody and Criminal Revolution of 1979. Prior to 1979, Imperial Court Martial Arts included different Kicking and Hard Punching styles, plus: Kushti e Kaj,(a Grappling style) with emphasis on Joint Locking and Throwing Techniques; Kushti e Azad (Competition Wrestling), a combination which could be either hard or soft Grappling, but never uses force against force, Kushti e Jokhah and Power House Weight Training. 

Supreme Grand Master Instructor Moon's Training:

By the time Moon was 8 years old, he and his father had traveled hundreds of Kilometers to train with different Martial Arts teachers, studying many aspects of the ancient methods of the Buddhist Korean Martial Arts, known as Han Guk Bul Kyu Mu Sul Kwon, Kung Fu, Karate, Judo, Taekwondo and Hapkido Martial Arts. During this intensive training-period, S.G.M. Moon learned Special Fighting Skills, Yoga, Buddhist Meditation Techniques, plus Internal Power Development (CHI Gung), which is fundamental to

IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido Martial Arts.

In the late 1970's Supreme Grand Master Instructor Moon began to integrate the many scattered Martial Art Techniques of Asia into a single Martial Art System. Hence the name 'Kuksool Hapkido' was known. Some believe that In the Chinese Martial Arts Language the word: 'Kuk' or 'KU' means 'INTERNATIONAL' and 'Soo'l or 'Su' or 'Shu' means 'Martial Arts Techniques.

Kuksool could mean:

(International Martial Arts Techniques System).

Chief Master Shawn Shervan started teaching

IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido Martial Arts to the Public in 1986 and in 1992 officially founded the Imperial International Martial Arts Federation (IIMAF). 

The IIMAF Federation and Instruction:

One day the IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido could become well known to the World, The Chief Master has been teaching this Form of Mix Martial Arts in the United States of America to a select group of students. Currently, the World Headquarters is located in Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A. 

IIMAF Kuksool Hapkido Perspectives on the Source of Kuksool Hapkido:

Over the years differing versions of the source of Kuksool have emerged. Early sources presenting conflicting information on the source of this Mix Martial Art, includes the writings of some Kuksool representatives, and early statements of others Martial Artist. Some of the many of Moon's influential teachers were not south-east Asians. Supreme Grand Master Instructor Moon Always claimed to have studied native Asian Martial Arts of China, Japan, Okinawa, Korean and Indo-European Martial Arts. Some would rather have claimed that he had studied other Martial Arts as opposed to his art in its early years as Japanese jujitsu before starting to teach Martial Arts. The Late Moon is also known to have had associations with members of Karate, Kung Fu, Judo, Taekwondo, and Hapkido school's in South Korea, especially with people like Kim Oh Tak and other senior Martial Artist before he founded the Kuksool Hapkido Martial Arts System.

The Great Grand Master Ji, Han Jae:

      • Grand Master Ji began his Martial Arts training in 1949.

      • Hapkido was Founded by Grand Master Ji, Han Jae.

      • G.M.Ji trained in Chinese Kung Fu, Japanese AkiJutsue, and the Buddhist Korean Martial Arts, Before creating Hapkido.

      • G.M.Ji was one of the top bodyguards for General and President Park of South Korea.

      • Grand Master Ji thought Hapkido to Bruce Lee.

      • Grand Master Ji was also a Martial Arts Cinema Actor.

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