New to Taekwondo or Haidong Gumdo?
Read below for a quick introduction into these one-of-a-kind Martial Arts:
The World Taekwondo Federation defines Taekwondo best: “Taekwondo is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional Martial Arts, that teaches more than physical fighting skills.” In fact, Taekwondo’s meaning can be found in its name itself. The first part of the word, “tae,” roughly translates to “foot” or “to step on.” The second part of the word, “kwon,” means “fist” or “punch.” Finally, the last piece of this word, “do,” means “the way of” or “the art of.” Given this information, it makes sense that Taekwondo is characterized by smooth punches, acrobatic kicks, and unity.
Meanwhile, Haidong Gumdo is a Korean sword Martial Art that can be traced back to the battlefield. This ancient art form combines mental, physical, and spiritual elements, ensuring that the Martial Artist is using every part of their body. Haidong gumdo includes a variety of techniques, forms, sparring, cutting, and meditations.