What is Haidong Gumdo®?

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Morning Sun

Haidong Gumdo® is a traditional Korean Sword martial art that has been established by Grandmaster and President Jeong-Ho Kim in 1982. Starting from 1961 president Kim received training in a sword art at the CheonIn Temple in the GwanAhk Mountain. In the year 1982 president Kim began spreading the sword art he had inherited to the world under the name Haidong Gumdo®. Haidong Gumdo® can be enjoyed by anyone and it has a lot of benefits for modern people who have such a busy lifestyle.

  1. The muscles and joints are strengthened and they become more flexible through the Ki stretching exercises.
  2. The blood circulation is stimulated.
  3. Meditation and breathing exercises enhance the development of internal energy and are helpful in calming both the mind and body.
  4. The level of concentration and awareness will improve a lot by the practice of Haidong Gumdo®.

Achieving a perfect harmony of these elements is essential in order to, eventually, be able to practice with a real, heavy and sharp sword. Training Haidong Gumdo® is a great instrument in gaining a strong mind and body, which are the best tools to develop a high level of assertiveness: an absolutely necessary quality in nowadays society. Haidong Gumdo® is the perfect martial art for character development, the education of correct etiquette and a full body workout!

The meaning of Haidong Gumdo®

(Hai) / Sea
(Dong) / East
(Gum) / Sword
(Do) / Right way


“The true principles of Haidong Gumdo® is to execute justice with the sword light, that is obtained at the break of day from majestic and brilliant sunlight that glows over the East Sea.”