Kumdo History

The Philosophy of Kum Do: “Kal-deung is the sky and Kal-nal is the land, therefore Kal itself produces the combination of Um and Yang (Yin and Yang). Son-jap-yi is a king and Kal is the subject to the king’s will. Abusing Kal could cost one’s life, therefore, there should be Do (Way) when handling Kal (Sword).

That is Kum Do.” Kum Do is traditional Korean swordsmanship, which is more than a sport. It is a form of art that is considered both a discipline as well as a sport. Kum Do is both physical and psychological training. First of all, with Kum (sword), one can practice to improve one’s physical fitness, by practicing various attacks, blocks and forms. Do (the Way) helps control one’s mind and inner desire. All Kum Do activities help growth of muscle, bone and enhance vital energy. Kum Do is a way to defend oneself with physical improvement and regulation of one’s health and longevity.

Throughout Korean history, various swords techniques were practiced by both men and women. At one time in Korea, women were allowed to practice only with a palm-sized knife, Eun-jang-do, for self-defense. Today, however, Kum Do is practiced by men, women, and children of all ages and abilities. Kum Do practice at Kang’s Martial Arts emphasizes discipline, mental and physical skill as well as health and conditioning.

Kum Do forms is like a sword dance, which is based off ancient Korean traditions. Forms are essential to teaching proper technique, body posture, and balance. Kum Do sparring gives the student a chance to apply sword technique in actual combat situations in a safe way. Bamboo swords are used to strike targets and in sparring matches where armor is worn to prevent injury.