First Black Belt promotion in swordsmanship at Yokosuka
Gosu Dojang | .
published: November 06, 2017
Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan (November 2, 2017) - Gosu Dojang just promoted their first student in Japan to the rank of 1st Degree Black Belt in the Korean Swordsmanship art of Haidong Gumdo.
Mr. Tucker Smith was the very first student enrolled when our martial arts program began here at CFAY and represented himself well during his testing on November 2nd.
In Haidong Gumdo, students testing for 1st Dan have two unique skills they must demonstrate in order to complete their testing; a board break using their wooden sword as well as 16 three finger push ups.
Two practitioners each hold a sword with the sharp side of the blade upward while the board is suspended by paper loops hanging from each sword, the goal is to break the board with your wooden sword while leaving the two paper loops intact.
The last portion of 1st Dan testing are the fingertip push ups; the exercise most practitioners dread. 1st Dan candidates are required to do 16 three finger push ups, that’s three fingers on each hand, and the requirement increases by 4 for every Dan level after.
Mr. Smith demonstrated knowledge of his required sword forms, focus drills, cutting skill, endurance, and mental fortitude, thus earning him the rank of 1st Dan.
About Gosu Dojang
Gosu Dojang, formerly CG Martial Arts Academy 2005-2015, began in late 2015 when Master Guffey and his family moved to Yokosuka. Gosu Dojang offers classes at the Hawk’s Nest in Yokosuka every Tuesday and Thursday at 1800, cost is $60 per month and is free for E1-E5.
To learn more about Haidong Gumdo, please contact:
Master Instructor Chris Guffey