Kun Gek Do – also known as Gwon-gyokdo – is the martial art of Korean kickboxing. In some parts of Korea, Korean kickboxing is known as Kyuk Too Ki, but it’s more of a set of rules than martial arts style.

Two styles of martial arts that are common in Korea are Muay Thai and Taekwon-Do. Each art has its own set of rules in its respective sport, so competition directly between Muay Thai and Taekwon-Do fighters is impossible. Kyuk Too Ki is the rule that comes from the aspirations of these two arts to compete. So Korean kickboxing started and began to develop its own style.

The term “Kun Gek Do” means “The Art of Attacking and Hitting”, “Kun” (pronounced “Gwun”) means “Fist” or “Hit”, “Gek” (pronounced “GYUK”) means “Attack”, and “Do” means “Way” or Philosophy.

Korean kickboxing uses the basic style of Taekwon-Do kicks, but also adds foot blocks with the knees and elbows. Footwork is similar to Taekwon-Do. To avoid a blow, appropriate boxing techniques are used. No techniques for hitting or blocking with open arms are used.

Korean kickboxing combines both Western boxing and Eastern martial arts (techniques of boxing and Taekwon-Do kicks). The style is popular with both women and men who wish to acquire fitness, good coordination skills and excellent flexibility.