Haidong Gumdo

Hangul Gojeon Keomdo Association


The Hangul Gojeon Keomdo Association is headed by Grandmaster Seok Jang Kyun, headquartered in Taegu, South Korea. This system according to Master Seok dates back to being founded by Lee, Yah-Seong (Chosen Synasty). When I studied this system in Taegu from 1995 to 1997, the curriculum was composed of training with the Juckdo (bamboo sword) as the basis of training and further study.

Typically, after about 1 year practice as a minimum in Korea, one was allowed to progress to practice with the Jhing Kueom or true sword. At that time we learned 6 basic Hyoung: which consisted of 3 basic draws (Paldo) and 3 basic removal of the blood (Purigee). Thje the Entry Level Hyong, Gojeon Keomdo Chojeon (11 forms) were taught. After completing training this set of Hyoug. This typically took one year and was considered ElDan
Training for the Traditional Sword. We also learnt The Admiral's Sword (Hae Doc Bop Keom)

Due to an excellent foundation of classical martial arts (at this time going back 5 decades; including Japanese Kendo and Tamiya Shinden Ryu Iaido; JK Shotokan Karate-in Japan), I was accepted into Instructor Training for close to 1 1/2 years. I practiced with high ranking Taekwondo and Hapkido Instructors who came from Pusan, Taejeon, and Seoul to learn from him. Thus when they came to practice, I learnt Hyoung which most Koreans took five years of study to learn.

I presently am the President and Chief Instructor for the Canadian Branch Korean Gojeon Koem Mu Ye Gwan. If anyone desires any further information please email me at: hiilangclassicalmartialarts@gmail.com



Haedong Kumdo, also spelled Haidong Gumdo, is a name coined around 1982 and used for several Korean martial arts organizations that use swords. Spelling varies between certain organizations. Most notable are Haidong Gumdo by the original organization (Daehan Haidong Gumdo Federation) under Kim Jeong-Ho, and Haedong Kumdo by the largest offshoot (Hanguk Haedong Gumdo Federation) under Na Han-Il.

Haidong Gumdo is significantly different style from kumdo, emphasizing a native Korean "battlefield" style of combat over the one-on-one dueling style found in standard or Daehan Kumdo. As such, it is unrelated to modern, standard kumdo. By contrast, the KKA promotes Daehan Kumdo (大韓劍道), with noted changes to reflect Korean cultural influences and methodology.

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