Haidong Gumdo is a Korean sword art that traces its roots to the 3rd century when Genreal Yu Yu of the Koguryo Kingdom founded the Jangbaekryu sword art. For centuries, sword fighting was practiced by Korean soldiers as a primary means of defense. As time passed, the sword was no longer practical from combat and its practice became structured as an art for mental and physical development.
Modern haidong gumdo practice is structured in a variety of ways including fundamentals, forms, combat drills and cutting of objects like bamboo and straw bundles. Beginners practice with the wooden training sword to develop fundamentals. Advanced practitioners train with both the wooden training sword and the forged steel sword.
The most basic elements of haidong gumdo practice are the cutting techniques which include the straight cut, angular cut, lateral cut and diagonal cut. Once the basic cutting motions are mastered, footwork is added and combinations are practiced to simulate combat applications against single or multiple opponents.Read More