What is Kumdo?
Kumdo means "the way of the sword". The present form of using jukdo (4 split bamboo sword) and the
hogoo(the head and body gear) began around 18th century. With jukdo and hogoo the art of Kum Do took a surprising turn in its style. Allowing more experimentation without injury, the style became more effective by allowing stronger and deadlier blow without a considerable and extensive swing of the sword. The present form that combines of the inner strength(much signified by a scream from within "ki"), the absolute and unbounded swing of the sword("kum"), and use of one's lower back and body ("chae") was recently perfected. This is known as "ki-kum-chae".
Let's learn the generosity of the warrior of old times who judged each other's situation of power and talent without actual fights, cutting a wild rose and enclose a letter for an opponent..... The way of Kum (sword) is the way of Zen (meditation) and the way of Tao (cultivate their moral sense). Your mind will be calm down just like a deep lake. When you swing the sword around as dashingly and readily as cutting in two with just one striking, your mind will divide the great mountain. Severing all the miscellaneous enticements and attachments, let's participate in Korean traditional martial arts, which have guarded the Koreans until now.
Why don't you come along with Haedong Kumdo?
In spite of abundant records and our cultural heritage, it's impossible to tell when Kumdo originated exactly.
But we can say all martial arts originated from human protection instinct. Therefore, Kumdo might be originated from ancestors to protect them in the Prehistory Age when forefathers began to live in groups.
These kinds of primitive actions took the shape of martial arts in the Kokuryo Dynasty age when many
well-skilled martial artist form Sunbae system. DanjaeShin, Chaehoe wrote "Sunbae System made Kokury Dynasty prosper".
Kumdo training requires, as with anything, repetitive practice in the basics. This truly is the foundation for expanding knowledge, growth, ability, and true success. Success in Kumdo, as well as in real life, is achieved through physical effort, mental discipline, and honest self-examination or spiritual awakening. We teach ourselves patience, discipline, cultivation of the human spirit, respect for ourselves, opponents, fellow human beings and nature as well as how to learn and how to teach. You learn to relax under situations of high stress and perform beyond what you consider as the limits of your ability. No human being is unique; we differ only in our willingness to do that which is needed. In Kumdo, the place of practice is known as Dojang. Within the Dojang, training is hard and sustained, and must be so. Kumdo emphasizes discipline since it is only through the sometimes harsh feudal methods that one can reach the ultimate goal of the master - mastery of you.
The way of the Sword
The ancient Korean Sword Fencing Art
• Mental and Physical Discipline
• Spiritual Discipline and Awakening.
• Improve Technique through Practice.
• Discipline Base upon Spirit of Hwarang (Hwarang Ogae)
• Greater Self Confidence
• Respect for Self and Others