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


Zen Man movie

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Sang H. Kim brings to life the story of a peace-seeking Zen master named Han who is drawn into a web of revenge by the son of his former student. As elements of his past come back to haunt him, the Zen master faces a choice: kill or be killed. While the young man finally gets his wish, he discovers that we don't know what we have until we destroy it. 

Sang H. Kim blends his signature martial arts skills with his interpretation of what it means to be a martial artist, a teacher and a man who believes that good and evil are not as different as we perceive them to be.

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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.