Kumdo: Korean Kendo video

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Kumdo, meaning way of the sword, is very similar to Kendo. Practitioners use the jukdo (split bamboo sword) for striking the opponent. Because combatants wear a helmet and hard body protector (hogoo) they are able to practice full contact strikes to the head and body. Kumdo is an exacting art, with an emphasis on precision and attitude over speed and strength.

In this video, filmed in Kyungjoo, master Lee Sang-hwan, Director of Kyungbuk Kumdo Association and his senior instructors and students demonstrate:

  • Grip and posture

  • Footwork and movement lines

  • Kumdo basic techniques

  • A brief history and terminology of Kumdo

  • Bowing and etiquette

  • Breathing exercises

  • Group technique drills: combinations with footwork

  • Partner drills wearing full gear

  • Daeryun: free sparring sessions

  • Interviews with instructors and students


Taekkyon: Traditional Korean Martial Art video

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Taekkyon is a native Korean martial art that was nearly lost forever during the early 1900's. Preserved by Grandmaster Song Duk-ki until his death, it is considered a Cultural Asset by the Korean government. The movements of Taekkyon are characterized by rhythmic beauty and grace that hide the deadly intent of its practitioners.

In this Taekkyon video, filmed on location at the historical Korean Folk Village in Yongin, Grandmaster Lee Yong-bok, head of the Korea Taekkyon Association, and his National Demonstration Team present dynamic performances of Taekkyon at its best.

Lee Yong-bok is Headmaster of Korea Taekkyon Association which is recognized as the official taekkyon organization by the South Korean government. Grandmaster Lee learned from Grandmaster Song prior to his death in 1987 and is actively working to preserve the art of taekkyon. 


Korean Sword and Weapon Martial Arts video

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Korean Sword and Weapon Arts is a rare look at some of the oldest documented martial arts of Korea. In this fascinating program, the National Demonstration Team of Kyung Dang, led by Grandmaster Im Dong-kyu, reenacts the sword, stick, spear and empty hand arts of ancient Korea.

The weapon forms demonstrated here are based on those illustrated in the classic Korean martial arts manual, Muye Dobo Tongji. Practiced by the King's special forces over 500 years ago, these sword and weapon arts were adapted from ancient Japanese and Chinese martial skills developed by Korean warriors during the Yi Dynasty.

This one of a kind performance begins with a variety of sword arts originating in Korea, Japan and China in the 1500s through 1700s. Next, the masters of Kyung Dang demonstrate rarely seen Korean weapons such including the spear, crescent sword and shield. You'll also be treated to a performance of Kwon Bup, believed to be one of the earliest documented forms of Korean empty hand martial arts.

 


Korean Kickboxing: Kyuktooki video

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In the Korean Kickboxing: Kyuktooki documentary Master Jung Yong Han (Asian champion), Jun Hyo Sung (Korean national champion) and other champions share the secrets that led them to the top in this full contact combat sport including:

  • Basic Kickboxing Skills

  • Essential Competition Techniques and Rules

  • Training for Competition

  • Conditioning Exercises

  • Mitt Kicking & Boxing

  • Heavy Bag Kicking & Boxing

  • Kyuktooki Class in Seoul, Korea

Jung Yong-han is an All-Asia Kyuk Too Ki champion and coach of some of the top Kyuk Too Ki fighters in Korea including Korean National Champion Jun Hyo-sung. His gym is headquartered in Sungnam City on the outskirts of Seoul. 


Martial Arts of Korea video

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Korea has a rich and varied martial history dating back thousands of years. From the ancient arts of Kuk Kung (archery) and Ssireum (grappling) to modern combat sports like Taekwondo and Kyuk Too Ki, generations of warriors in Korea have practiced both armed and unarmed combat methods. Martial Arts of Korea introduces a dozen Korean arts through interviews, visits to dojangs and gyms, competition footage, demonstrations and historical background.

Each segment features top ranking masters in Korea who present a revealing look at the arts of Kuk Kung, Ssireum, Kumdo, Haedong Kumdo, Kyukpa, Taekkyon, Hapkido, Yudo, Kuk Sool, Taekwondo and Muye Eship Saban (armed and empty hand). Filmed on location in Korea.

A good review of Korea’s contribution to the martial arts heritage.
— Stuart Anderson