Yokosuka swordsmanship school travels to South Korea

Photos by Chris Guffey
Photos by Chris Guffey

Yokosuka swordsmanship school travels to South Korea

by: Chris Guffey | .
Gosu Dojang | .
published: February 28, 2017

Yokosuka, Japan (Feb 24, 2017) - 7 members of Gosu Dojang traveled to Seongnam, South Korea to train at the World Haidong Gumdo Federation Headquarters. 

Haidong Gumdo is a dynamic Korean style of swordsmanship developed for fighting multiple opponents on a large scale battle setting.  Practitioner's learn to safely wield a sword through basics training, focus drills, meditation, pattern practice, sparring, and cutting practice against a variety of targets.

Upon arrival in Seoul, the team attended a late evening training session with 7th Degree Black Belt and Chief of Education for the World Haidong Gumdo Federation Master Jeong-Woo Kim before heading to their hotel.

On Saturday, the team rested from the previous night of training and enjoyed a guided tour of Insadong, Myeongdong Street, and Gyeongbokgung Palace.  This allowed their bodies to recover in order to prepare for what was to come the following day.

Sunday started off with 3 hours of intense training coupled with bamboo cutting, which was the focus of the day.  In swordsmanship, three things are needed to make a cut; blade angle, cutting angle, and tip speed.  Bamboo cutting tests all three of those aspects and allows the practitioner a clear way to check their cutting skill.  Later that day, Gosu Dojang members were invited to attend Black Belt testing for students from 40 different schools in South Korea.  Gosu Dojang put on a demonstration and many Masters from the testing showed off their skills as well.  I also had the pleasure of being on the testing board to grade the Black Belt candidates.  Once testing concluded, Master Kim called me up in front of the students, their families, and fellow Haidong Gumdo Masters to present me with a Plaque of Appreciation; a special award that only two people in the world have received.  It was a surprise and a great honor!

Everyone returned to Japan with increased motivation and renewed vigor for training in Haidong Gumdo.  The details of the trip that were shared with those that could not attend have also increased their drive to improve and many are diligently preparing in hopes of attending our next trip to South Korea.

About Gosu Dojang

Gosu Dojang, formerly CG Martial Arts 2005-2015, began in late 2015 when Master Guffey and his family moved to Yokosuka.  Gosu Dojang offers class at the Hawk's Nest in Yokosuka every Tuesday and Thursday at 1800 for ages 13 and up, cost is $60 per month.

For more information, please visit www.Facebook.com/GosuDojang.

To learn more about Haidong Gumdo, please contact:
Master Instructor Chris Guffey

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