Master Marlin Sims is President and Founder of United Martial Science Federation, a 9th degree black belt and one of the first three non-Asians to attain master level in the martial art of Kuk Sool ™. He has trained in the martial arts since the age of 10 and has toured nationally and internationally since 1985. He has appeared on many local, regional and international television and radio shows. He has been in national and international publications demonstrating his much sought after knowledge of joint manipulation, the use of Korean style weapons and hyung (body motion). He has distinguished himself by winning many major martial art tournaments and championships in sparring, forms, weapons and self-defense. He is a former Master Instructor for the United States Military Academy at West Point from 1991 to 1999. He is now relocated to Atlanta, Georgia which he has made his home.
West Point Appointment
In July of 1991 Major Tim Challans of the United States Military Academy of West Point asked Grandmaster Suh, In Hyuk for an instructor to come to New York and conduct the martial art classes for the cadets.
Master Sims was appointed Master Instructor for the Martial Art Program at the United States Military Academy at West Point by Grandmaster Suh, In Hyuk. Master Sims carried his staff from Alabama which consisted of Sa Bum Nim Lisa Morgan, and Master Cheryl Cherowitz.
With West Point being a Military Based School, Master Sims emphasis was to bring all aspects of real fighting to the cadets through the
martial art Kuk Sool. One of Master Sims’ goals was to create divisions in college martial arts competition that simulates close quarter combat by including grappling techniques such as takedowns, throws and sweeps. Master Sims wanted to prepare the cadets to be real warriors. No matter what their future position with the Army would be, as soldiers, there is always the possibility they will have to meet and do battle with an enemy in close combat. Having a good kick or punch is not all that is required to be a good fighter. Master Sims taught the cadets that you must train to think well, faster, and more efficiently and to train the total body and not just certain parts. If you can’t control it you can’t develop it.
While teaching the cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Master Sims and his staff opened three Kuk Sool Schools as well. The locations of these schools were Mahopac, Briarcliff Manor, and Elmsford.
In 1992 Master Sims hosted the first of 8 open tournaments held at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Master Marlin Sims has been providing programs for men, women and children of all ages for over 35 years. The programs include Women’s Self-Defense, Health and Fitness, Adult Traditional Martial Arts, Children’s Martial Art, Child Safety, Martial Art for the Executive, Ki Training (breath control and internal energy building), Concentration-Meditation, Kicking – Hand Training workshops and Defensive Tactics for Law Enforcement.
The core of these workshops is the “Total Body Training” program which includes various types of resistance training (using one’s own body weight, rubber bands designed to strengthen and stabilize the joints and also weight training). This type of training is specifically designed to enhance the students’ martial art ability, static and dynamic balance, agility, flexibility, range of movement, and joint stability. This training strengthens the shoulder girdle, arms, hands and wrists, also the pelvic girdle, legs, ankles and feet. Body posture, core strength and mobility are strongly emphasized in this training.
These programs have been developed for and used by some of America’s top corporations and colleges. Master Sims’ motto “Total Body Training through the Martial Art” maintains his mission while at the same time encourages his clients to invest in total fitness and wellness.
Master Sims has trained thousands of students in the martial arts including several that are high ranking, including the first non-Asian female Master in the art of Kuk Sool (Cheryl Cherowitz- 5th degree Black Belt). Master Sims is a highly motivated martial art professional who brings martial art training and fitness back to its barest element. “Total Body Training through the Martial Art” is devoid of distraction, gimmicks and hype. He teaches movement with meaning, with students learning the most realistic and effective physical techniques for self-defense and total fitness. It is intense training with positive results.
Some of Master Sims clients include: United States Military Academy at West Point, Readers Digest World Headquarters, Phillip Morris, General Foods, IBM, Delta, and Pepsi, as well as professionals in the field of medicine, finance, advertising and law enforcement.
Master Instructor Marlin I. Sims
1958: At the young age of four years old he began the study and practice of martial skills.
1964: Began his martial art training at the age of 10.
1967: Received 1st Degree Black Belt in Karate and Judo.
1973: Began his study of Hing-I, Bak-Wa and Tai Chi under Instructor Morris Hadly.
1974: Attended his first Kuk Sool seminar in Baton Rouge, La. where he met and began his study under Grandmaster Suh.
Received his 1st Degree Black Belt in Japanese Karate under Instructor Herman Hall.
Held the Position of Sports Specialist Supervisor for the City of Tuskegee, Alabama until the year 1980.
1975: Invited to the Kuk Sool Won Headquarters by Grandmaster Suh for further training.
1976: Owned and operated the Seasebo School of Karate in Tuskegee, Alabama.
Conducted Self-Defense Seminars on “Handling of Disturbed Patients” at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Tuskegee, Alabama.
1977: National Youth Sports Program Martial Art Instructor for the University of Tuskegee in Alabama.
1978: Received his 1st Degree Black Belt and was appointed Head Instructor for the State of Alabama by Grandmaster Suh, where he established two Kuk Sool schools.
1980: Moved to Upland, CA. where he opened another Kuk Sool school and furthered his study under Master Joon Shoung Park who held a 7th Degree Black Belt in Kuk Sool.
1981: Returned to his home state and continued his study and teaching. Organized and sponsored the first Alabama International Championship and Master Exhibition.
Organized and Sponsored the first Kuk Sool “Super Seminar” in Charlotte, NC, with over 300 participants in attendance taught by Grandmaster Suh.
Appointed Head of Security and Assistant Manager at a nightclub owned by Milan Williams of the Comodores.
1984: Sponsored the 3rd Alabama International Championships and Master Exhibition in Montgomery, Alabama.
1986: Received his 3rd Degree Black Belt in Kuk Sool.
1987: Appointed Team Captain of the National Kuk Sool Won Demonstration Team.
1988: Received his 4th Degree Black Belt in Kuk Sool.
Attended and completed the National Justice System Training Association Seminar (JSTA) in June as a Staff Instructor.
1991: Received his Master Degree in Kuk Sool. Master Sims is the second American to have received his rank.
Appointed Master Instructor for the Martial Art Program at the United States Military Academy at West Point. (1991-2000)
1992: Hosted the first of 8 open tournaments held at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Featured on the front cover of the November issue of the Martial Art Training magazine.
Taught Self-Defense Workshop for IBM in Albany, New York.
1993: Featured in the March issue of Black Belt magazine “Martial Art Training at
West Point Military Academy.”
1994: Taught Self-Defense Workshops at Pepsi, Readers Digest at World Headquarters in Chappaqua, New York, ABB Corporation, and Phillip Morris Headquarters, White Plains, New York.
1995: Taught Self-Defense Workshops JV Club Fit Health Club in Briarcliff, N.Y. and
Girl Scouts in Saratoga, N.Y.
1996: Received his 6th Degree Black Belt in Kuk Sool.
1997: Featured on the cover of the June issue of the United Kingdom’s Tae Kwon Do Times
magazine, titled “Marlin Sims, The Force of Kuk Sool Won.”
Featured on the cover of the United States Tae Kwon Do Times magazine
December issue titled “Marlin Sims, the Spin Master”.
2000: Relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and opened a Kuk Sool school.
2002: Received his 7th Degree Black Belt at the World Kuk Sool Championships held in Korea.
2003: Became managing Editor of the Art of the Warrior Martial Art Magazine
2004: Created a 7, DVD set on Kuk Sool from Basic to Black-Brown Belt Level.
2005: Co-Sponsored the 1st Southern U.S. Knife Throwing / Archery Championships.
Created the “United Martial Science Federation”.
2006: Co-Sponsored the 2nd and Largest Southern U.S. Knife Throwing / Archery
Championships in the USA.
Hosted the 1st UMSF (United Martial Science Federation) Instructor Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia
2007: Conducted the 2007 1st UMSF (United Martial Science Federation) Winter Workshop in Chicago hosted by the Art of the Warrior
Receive Instructor of the year from (IKTHOF) International Knife Throwers Hall of
Hosted 3 UMSF (United Martial Science Federation) Workshops open to the martial art community at large. The workshops were all held in Atlanta, Georgia.
Co-Sponsored the 3rd Southern U.S. Knife Throwing / Archery Championships.
Conducted his 1st Martial Art Equine Summer Camp for Children.
2008: Conducted the 2008 UMSF (United Martial Science Federation) Winter Workshop in Chicago hosted by the Art of the Warrior
Conducted the 2008 Equine Summer Camps for the Martial Art Children.
Co-Sponsored the 4th Southern U.S. Knife Throwing / Archery Championships.
Began promoting members and appointing instructors of the UMSF (United Martial Science Federation) to various locations.
Special Recognitions and Awards:
Certificate of Merit for Recognition of Outstanding Community Service.
Distinguished Service Award – City of Tuskegee, Alabama.
Certificate of Appreciation – Tuskegee Institute Human Resource Development Center, Tuskegee, Alabama.
Certificate of Merit – Tuskegee Institute Human Resource Development Center, Social Action Committee on Youths, Tuskegee, Alabama.
Certificate of Merit – The Housing Authority of the City of Tuskegee, Alabama.
Certificate of Appreciation – Macon County Fine Arts Manifesto, Inc.
Certificate of Appreciation – University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico.
Appeared on many television shows throughout the south demonstrating and promoting the art of Kuk Sool.
Taught many seminars throughout the south on Kuk Sool and the use of Korean Weapons and is recognized as a leading American on Korean Internal Training (the Development of KI)
Master Sims background alone brings a new approach to the martial art market. Over forty-nine years of study and daily training in the fighting arts propelled him to be one of the nation’s top Martial Artist. He has captivated thousands of audiences worldwide thru his innovative approach and wealth of knowledge. He trained and promoted the first non-Asian Kuk Sool female Master Instructor alone with some of the top fighters and instructors in the art of Kuk Sool. He has been both successful as a martial artist and martial art instructor.
Master Sims has toured the country extensively demonstrating the art of Kuk Sool. He has appeared on many local and regional television programs as well as national publications and local newspapers. He has been instrumental in the development of Kuk Sool in the Southeastern United States where he has sponsored many martial art tournaments and seminars annually. Master Sims is very much sought after for his knowledge of joint manipulation, the use of Korean style weapons and Hyung (body motion). He has distinguished himself by winning many major tournaments and championships in sparring, forms, weapons, and self defense.
Some of the Workshops created and taught by Master Marlin Sims:
- Defensive Tactics Program for Security at Readers Digest, New York.
- Health and Wellness Program for employees of Readers Digest, New York.
- Archery Workshops – Western and Korean style.
- Knife Throwing Workshops
- Principles and Practices of Martial Arts
- Kinesiology as it Applies to Martial Arts
- Women’s Self-Defense
- Assault Prevention
- Weapons Training – Short Stick and Baton
- Functional Training – Total Body Training
- Knife Defense
- Physical Confrontation Resolution
- Breaking Workshop
- Sparring Workshop
- Sword Training Workshop
- Joint Locking Workshop