Gumdo

Gumdo

Haidong Gumdo is a sword-based Korean martial art form that depicts the ideas of patriotism, respect and being on the righteous path. It has been practised by the Samurang who stood at the front during the battle for justice. Carrying the knowledge and expertise in sword fighting and following the right path, they were known to be the generals to Koguryo Kings.

 

This martial art form is based on some standard Japanese art forms namely, Kenjutsu, Iaido, and Battodo, as it reflects the similar sword techniques. The training involves self-control, meditation and practising of various kinds of breathing techniques, which cleanses the mind and aligns it with the physical self. It requires establishing a high level of discipline within the mind and body.

 

The practice is performed with a wooden sword. In competitions, the plastic or rubber swords are used, in accordance with the Haidong Gumdo Federation regulations. Several sword methods are derived from other martial art forms like Bonguk Geombeop and some traditional Japanese sword styles like Toyamma Ryu and Eishin-Ryu.

 

Some Basic Haidong Gumdo Techniques

 

The basic techniques practised in Haidong Gumdo are cutting, fencing, thrusting and combatting. The abdominal breathing exercises form the foundation of this martial art form, that presents by far the most intense sword art.

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