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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.

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History of Haidong Gumdo/Masters

Haidong Gumdo originated in the ancient kingdom of Korkuryo. In the beginning Sulbongsumin, who mastered the secret of swordsmanship, established the training dojang (school) called Samurang, and taught his disciples Gumdo the “Way of the Sword.” Samurang became the origin of the Samurai in Japan. Samurangs adopted loyalty, filial piety, courtesy, justice, faithfulness, intelligence, virtue and physical soundness as their ideals for the training of the mind and body. They served the Great King of Kwangkaeto ( 371 – 384 AD ) to build a great and mighty kingdom. In recent days, Master Jang-Baik-San of Kwanak mountain a direct successor of Haidong Gumdo instructed Master Jeong-Ho Kim. Presently founder and President of the World Haidong Gumdo Federation ( WHDGF ), Master Kim has established over 400 schools in Korea and 1,000 schools in 30 other countries outside of Korea.

Haidong Gumdo means the “Light” of the sword as the “Energy” rising up in the morning in the Eastern sea. Haidong Gumdo is a Korean sword art that draws from battlefield tactics and techniques to build a curriculum for mental, physical and spiritual development. In modern Haidong Gumdo, students learn prearranged forms, combat drills, sitting and moving meditation, sparing as well as bamboo and straw cutting for adult black belt students. Unlike Kumdo (Kendo) the ancient sword art of oriental fencing using a bamboo sword (jukdo), the focus in Haidong Gumdo is not dueling but on the tactics of outdoors pitched battles.

Grand Master Jong-Woo Kim

Grand Master Jeong-Woo Kim is the representative from the World Haidong Gumdo Federation Headquarters sent to the United States to introduce and teach Haidong Gumdo to school instructors. Grand Master Jeong-Woo Kim has been appointed by President KIM. GM Kim is the head of the U.S.A. Haidong Gumdo Association in which all Haidong Gumdo schools in the United States belong to. http://www.ushaidong.com/

Master Estrada

Master Estrada is a 4th Degree Black Belt - World Haidong Gumdo Federation U.S. Haidong Gumdo Association - Chief Master Instructor. During his stay in Korea in 2000, he trained and received his black belt in Haidong Gumdo in Korea from Jeong Ho Kim, President of the World Haidong Gumdo Federation. Master Ralph was delegated by President Kim to oversee the training of all masters and school owners in the state of New York. http://www.estradatkd.com/index2.htm

Master Traina

Master Traina trains under Master Estrada in Long Island, NY. Altamont Martial Arts and one other school are the only schools in upstate NY that offer this program.

WE OFFER CLASSES FOR MEMBERS OF ALL AGES, SKILL & FITNESS LEVELS, IN A NON-INTIMIDATING, FAMILY-ORIENTED, TEAM ENVIRONMENT.

We all train together like a team. The more experienced members spar and help the newest members. Although we take our training seriously,
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Haidong Gumdo

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.

 

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 arts. 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.

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Haidong Gumdo Masters Program

Haidong Gumdo is one of the fastest growing martial arts in the world right now, and has quickly become the second most popular martial art in Korea.

 

Haidong Gumdo – Upstate New York including Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, is now offering a Master Instructor Certification to help Master Instructors from other Korean martial arts quickly launch Haidong Gumdo programs in their schools. HDGD Eastcoast schools have been certified by the World Haidong Gumdo Federation (WHGF) in Korea to offer a program and bring this martial art to your school. If you are a Master or School Owner in Taekwondo, Tang So Do, Hapkido, Kumdo, Hwarang Do, Kuk Sool Won or another Korean based martial art, we have a program to help you earn your 4th Dan certification and mentor you in bringing a Haidong Gumdo program to your school.

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