The Way of the Sword
Kumdo is the art of the Korean sword. Sun Bae Korean Martial Arts includes Taekwondo, Hapkido and Kumdo and at Sun Bae, you can grade in Kumdo and achieve another black belt in the Korean Arts. Kumdo is very similar to the methodology of training in Taekwondo or Hapkido. Beginners learns basic stances, basic cuts and blocks, before moving on to patterns, one step sparring and free sparring. Live cutting is only allowed for students who have reached an appropriate level (for safety of course).
There is a strong focus on performing in a smooth flowing manner (like Hapkido) and there are strengthening and meditation techniques. Classes are conducted with Korean pipe music in the back ground, for relaxation.
At Sun Bae, students of Kumdo will always use a sheath for their practice sword. Training with a sheath promotes the ability to properly put your sword away, which is essential in live cutting exercises. In addition, we recommend training with a steel (blunt) practice sword, which promotes exactness in cutting practice. This cannot usually be achieved with a wooden sword. Bamboo swords are also used for one step sparring practice, as the exercise involves actual sword to sword contact. Sparring is always performed with a foam practice sword together with protective gear. The bamboo sword is used in sparring only for advanced levels (similar to Kendo).
Casual Kumdo Training (Sparring Only)
Grading in Kumdo
You can train casually and participate in Kumdo sparring. But you can also train regularly and grade in Kumdo. Learn the full system of Kumdo fighting as well as the excitement of live cutting. Traditional Kumdo training includes the following: