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KUMYEDO

 

Kumyedo literally means Sword Way - Kumyedo is a Korean translation of the Japanese term, "Kendo.

 

Ken meaning, "Sword”

 

Do meaning, "Way."

 

The sword art of Kumyedo was inaugurated in Seoul, Korea in June 1948. With Japanese occupation lifted at the end of World War II, Korea entered into a period of rapid cultural reestablishment. Martial arts, which had been banned by the occupying forces, began to be rediscovered and new schools of martial arts were formed. Due to the long period of Japanese occupation, the Japanese understanding of martial arts influenced most of these new systems. Kumyedo, was no exception. The Korean art of Kumyedo is a direct interpretation of its Japanese counterpart. In fact, some of the early founders of Kumyedo claim that there is absolutely no difference between the two arts.  Though Kumyedo is highly influenced by the modern Japanese sword arts, it was the Korean understanding of warfare that helped lay the foundations for the Japanese Samurai.

                                             

Sword Strikes

 

In Kumyedo the strike of the sword is never over extended. The practitioner must always control the blade as opposed to being controlled by its weight and momentum. This is accomplished by never randomly striking at the imaginary targets. All strikes are performed consciously with precise impact points in mind.

 

The development of proper sword strike ability is achieved through conscious practice and proper technique. A sword, in practice, is always extended with the same intent or controlled force that would be used in a true confrontational situation. It is a misnomer that a sword is wielded with a different intensity when one is defending against an imaginary opponent or a real object.

Eight Primary Strikes

All techniques used in Kumyedo are based in eight primary strikes:

1) Overhead Strike, Straight

2) Overhead Slash, Left Side

3) Overhead Slash, Right Side

4) Side Slash, from the left

5) Side Slash, from the right

6) Under Slash, from the left

7) Under Slash, from the right

8) Under Body Strike

Variations are added to these techniques as the Kumyedo practitioner becomes more advanced with his use of the sword.