Haedong >>> Meer over Haedong Kumdo

1. Preface

Haedong Gumdo is made up of using sword, cutting off, fighting, breathing, etc. It has been developed by many swordmen and trainers.

Now there are many branches which are trying to develop this field continually in Korea. It's more important to make it well qualified than to gather more people. Then people of all ages can enjoy their training more than before.

World Haedong Kumdo Federation developed from Daehan Haidong Gumdo Association by Mr.Jeongho,Kim try to flourish it and enhance it's prestige through adding HaedongSsangGumdo(using doublesword) and Haedong Gummu(sworddance), Gumjogsul(technique mixed with sword'one and foot's one),and so on.

For the last 20 years, various kinds of sword techniques to Jangbak Gumbub from Ssangsu Gumbub have been practiced and used. But Haedong Kumdo with Haedong Gummu and HaedongSsangGumdo will surely make this training wonderful and exciting experience for the coming 20 years more.

These kinds of sword training will be able to perform on stages, practice in the mountains or riversides as well as in the gyms. Frequent and easy contacts with sword training will make more trainees notice that they will have lots of benefit spirtually and physically.

Since early 1980's, Haedong Kumdo Gyms have been popular as nation wide sports. There almost became about 1,000 gyms and lots of clubs in most schools and offices. There are also several branches abroad including in the United States, Canada, Australia.

Haedong Kumdo Headquarters of W.H.K.F founded by Mr.Jeongseong,Kim had a great performance of Haedong Kumdo to the Korean traditional music at the stage of Busan Cultural Center in Busan on June 24th, 2001.That had tried firstly in about 1,000 Haedong Kumdo'Gyms. We also have plans to give performances in the United States and Canada, etc. in the near future. It will be a good chance to make Haedong Kumdo known abroad.

And then there will be more trainees and be developed as our traditional martial arts. I'm certain that it will be one of the proud Korean cultural legacies.


2. Basic mind of Haedong Kumdo

1)Love for the country
2)Filial piety for one's parents
3)Respect for one's elders
4)Do good and right things

3. What's that?

It is literally translated into "the original Korean sword techniques." It's the traditional Kumdo for real battles,totally different from Jukdo(using sword made bamboo)sports and Guhapdo, which were imported from japan.

The trainers of Haedong Kumdo use real sword which weigh 1.0-1.2kg; they drill in a traditional way by unifying Gumbub(the training to get used to the sword), Gyukgum(the training to accquire the skill of cut and thrust), Begi(the training to learn the skill of cutting straw or bamboo,paper.etc.), Hoheubbub(abdominal breathing), etc.

The techniques of our sword is not only one of most important skills for fighting, but also a drill for defending oneself and defeating oppopents.

By improving physical strength, one can exercise endurance.

By practicing the constant changes of subtle acts, the posture become refined
and cultivates one's mind into a noble state of one's sprirtual and physical balance, physcial fitness.


4. Chacteristics

1) you can cope with dangerous situations.It's orthodox self-defense when you meet dangerous situation.
2) you can improve your concentration because of sword.
3) you can solve the problem from the lack of exercise.
4) It's a martial art improving one's mind.
5) An exercise of the whole body through various sword techniques.
6) It's foundamental exercise of muscles, quick in action, endurance and turning power,etc.
7) It's simultaneous with a rule of breathing and meditation.
8) It's life-time exercise including make male and female,young and old,decreasing the aging process.


5. The purpose of Training

Factors of disease are fatness diabetes, high blood pressure, stress,heart disease and so on.

They are serous problems, make you fitness level increase and risk of disease decrease through training of Haedong Kumdo, etc.

because we have a new method of physical and mental training. We cultivate one's physical capabilities and develop a strong spirit.

6. It gives you as below;

1)A traditional martial art to enable you to handle violent or dangerous situations.

Kumdo is a long established form of self-defense that focus on using one blow effectively to contain bullies and assailants, all the while instilling confidence and character.

2)The goal of Kumdo is not to dominate over others, it is to cultivate one's sense of self and build character.

3)A physiical fitness program you can enjoy whole life whether you are young ,old, male or female.

For your physical fitness as well as the physical well being of your entire family, from children to senior citizen, Haedong Kumdo is an activity everyone can enjoy together.

A family that trains together will not only be healthy and harmonious, it will build inner unity and a bond with each other. Haedong Kumdo is the best martial arts program that three generations can enjoy together.

4)The best workout for mental clarity(increase concentration and relieves stress and tension)

Mental concentration and quick reflexes are the foundations Kumdo is based on. When the sword is held in your hand, wordly concerns and burdens are lifted and replaced with confidence and aspiration.

5)Educating children to be responsible and ambitious.

While academic achievement is important, one cannot maintain a high level of performance and concentration without recharging the body. Only a child with an iron will and tenacity will succed in the present atmosphere of competition. A student of Kumdo is taught this qualities upon a foundation of morals and confidence in one's own abilities. Sharp mental skills and an indomitable spirit is best instilled at a young age.

6)Small classes for individual tution

7)School classes,small group classes and private tution available on request (especially for foreigner).


7. Benefits

this is not only for young people, it starts children up to elderly people. All generations gathering together to make their relations better.

Haedong Kumdo is based on concentration, so when you handle the sword, you lose your stress & you enhance the control of your mind.

Haedong Kumdo is made up of rule of sword,stabbing, cutting, competition,abdominal breathing and meditation and so forth. so you learn these self defense techniques, thereby increasing your self confidence and self esteem.

To study at school is important, however all your study needs to be backed up by physical training and a well & balanced mind.