Ollie Batts in the Korean Martial Arts

CAMA Senior Instructor Ollie Batts first started training in the Korean martial arts in the early 1970’s. He has trained in Taekwondo, Hapkido, Sulkido and Kuk Sool, and in November 1977 he was one of the first three people in Britain to be awarded black belt in Kuk Sool under the World Kuk Sool Association (WKSA). Ollie remained one of their top three WKSA UK-based instructors until he resigned from that organisation towards the end of 1989. Because of Ollie’s long history of training in (and teaching of) the Korean martial arts, and also because the training has much to offer, Ollie and CAMA continue to offer Kuk Sool / Hapkido training as one of the core arts included in our Integrated Fighting Arts (IFA) syllabus.

Although our Kuk Sool / Hapkido syllabus may appear ‘on paper’ to be very similar to that found in other Traditional Korean Martial Art schools, the manner in which we teach is not as regimented as some. In addition, the way in which we apply individual techniques is also less stylised, and is more practical and functional for the modern world in which we live. Out of respect for his original Korean martial arts Master, M.Y. Kim, Ollie has named this core art system of Kuk Sool / Hapkido, ‘Mok Yang Sool’.

The early years of Kuk Sool in GB

Senior Instructor, Ollie Batts, has written an article on the early years of Kuk Sool in this country. Ollie was one of the first people in the UK to gain a black belt in Kuk Sool following its introduction in 1973. His original instructor was Master Mok Yang KIM, who had arrived in Great Britain towards the end 1973, at the invitation of USAF military personnel, based in Suffolk. To read the full article, and see some historic photos, visit our Downloads section.