This is the Korean sword art of Koreas ancient warrior knights the Hwarang Do. It teaches the art of drawing, using and cutting with the sword. The sword used is similar to the Japanese katana although slightly shorter and wider. Students begin their training using a wooden sword or moggeom.
Haedong Kumdo tranlates to "Sword way of the land of the East sea" or 'Korean sword arts'.
Grandmaster Kim doing a two sword form.
Train with Master Gregory Hart, 2nd Dan Haedong Kumdo instructor and martial arts expert.
I must develop myself in a positive manner and avoid anything that could reduce my mental growth or physical health.
I must develop self-discipline in order to bring out the best in myself and others.
I must use common sense before self-defense, and never be abusive or offensive.
This is a Black Belt school! We are dedicated! We are motivated! We are on a quest to be our best!
Group sword training at the launch of Haedong Kumdo in South Africa in 2004.
White: The beginners colour. Represents a dormant seed covered in winter snow. The student is ready to learn and grow.
Yellow: The spring when the seed starts to grow. The student learns new knowledge.
Green: Shows the speedy development of youth as the summer arrives.
Blue: This is the colour of maturing, respect and honour.
Brown: Represents wood, a strong maturing tree.
Red: Represents the lifeblood, power, energy and control.
Red /Black: Technical wisdom and power begin to bloom.
Black: This represents calmness, dignity and sincerity. It is the final part of the beginning stage, as well as the beginning stage to the masters level.
First grading for Haedong Kumdo inSouth Africa with Grand Master Kim, 2004