Kim Gwang-suk (style name
Haebeom, born 1936), is the modern father of Sibpalki. Kim
learned Sibpalki in a Taoist community in the Jiri mountains of Korea
from Yun Myeong-Deok as well as in Busan during the Korean War, and has
since disseminated the martial art to the general population in Korea.
His learning covers not only the Sibpalki martial arts, but also
oriental medicine, meditation, and kigong (qigong). As a Taoist he was
reluctant to show Sibpalki to the public, however, the circumstances of
Korea and the martial arts being practiced in addition to some of the
fabrications surrounding the history of these arts in the 70ís and 80ís
lead him to transmit Sibpalki systematically.
Kim has published the books:
Skill Analysis on Comprehensive Illustrated Manual of Martial Arts (Muye
dobo tongji silgi haeje),
Essentials of Fist Methods (Gwonbeop yogyeol, Dongmunseon, 1992),
Korean Sword Methods (Bonguk geom, Dongmunseon, 1995),
Syllabus of Joseon Spears and Staffs (Joseon changbong gyojeong).
Kim Gwang-suk founded the Korean Sibpalki
Association (Dae Han Sibpalki Hyeop Hwe).
His teachings and methodology has since been
verified by notable academics in Korea such as Dr Choi Bok-Kyu as being
authentic Sibpalki that accurately follows the Muyedobotongji. Currently
if someone wishes to practice authentic Sibpalki then they must learn
from an appropriately accredited instructor who draws their lineage back
to Kim Gwang-suk.
The ROK Army Traditional Honor Guards, trained by
Kimís students, now also perform the traditional martial arts Sibpalki.