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       Haidong Gumdo is a Korean sword art which draws from battlefield tactics and techniques to build a curriculum for mental, physical and spiritual development. Students learn forms, step drills, sitting and standing meditation, sparring as well as bamboo and straw cutting. Unlike Kendo and its Korean equivalent, Kumdo, the focus in Haidong Gumdo is not dueling but on the tactics of outdoor, pitched battles.  Ultimately, Haidong Gumdo does have dueling in it, but it is much more dynamic than in Kumdo.  It focuses on multiple attackers and uses a much broader range of techniques and attacks.

       Haidong Gumdo can be practiced by people of all ages and any physical conditions.  It is perfect for those who want to study martial arts but don't want the normal kicking and punching of most. 

       Haidong Gumdo is a much softer style martial art compared to others such as Tae Kwon Do or Karate.  It focuses on mental and physical conditioning but much more mental control is developed.  Students of Haidong Gumdo will learn meditation and proper breathing exercises that will relieve stress and promote a healthy body and mind.  Don't let it's grace fool you though.  Although the many forms in Haidong Gumdo are elegant and beautiful, they all have an underlying background of strength and ferocity.  Powerful, complex and beautiful, Haidong Gumdo is a wonderful martial arts style that can be pursued throughout a person's life.  Whether you're 6 and your favorite cartoon character is a sword wielding super hero or 60 and you need something to ease stress in your life you'll find that Haidong Gumdo benefits you in many ways.

       Haidong Gumdo is a newly introduced martial art to the United States.  It was reintroduced in Korea about 20 years ago by Jeong-ho Kim, now president of the World Haidong Gumdo Federation.  For more information about the World Haidong Gumdo Fed. or the history of Haidong Gumdo in general, refer to the links above.