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About Kumdo

Kumdo or 'way of the sword', is a Korean style of Swordsmanship.

The techniques and movements of Kumdo are beautiful and dynamic, with a balance, speed, power and accuracy and oneness with Body, Mind and Spirit.

At Kumdo Brisbane we focus on the practical use of the sword as the basis of our sword instruction.


Kumdo is a full syllabus that is separate from our Hapkido syllabus and teaches the use of the sword as a weapon.  Our style of Kumdo focuses on the use of a single edged sword.  A great deal of focus is placed on correctness of technique.

Beginners use a wooden sword called a mokgeom (or mokdo) to execute the attacks and counter attacks contained in the techniques.  Techniques are both solo and partnered.  No armour is worn and the participants stop just short of striking each other.   In addition to formal techniques, numerous drills, both solo and partnered, and some with armour are practiced. 

Advanced practitioners eventually may use a live blade sword, called a daedo, for practice of cutting.

Kumdo is also a part of our Hapkido program for senior Dans.​

What You Will Learn in Kumdo

Basics The practice of basic techniques is the foundation of Kumdo which all other practices are built upon. It marks the beginning of the harmonization of mind, body, spirit and sword.

Technique is a core element of Kumdo training, teaching the student many of the necessary skills needed when fighting (sparring). Through a series of moves, the student develops discipline, concentration, endurance and power, all without physical contact or risk of getting hurt. These skills are essential to everyday life, and to practicing Martial Arts.

Cutting The theory and practice of the sword are harmonized in cutting. Speed, accuracy, power, footwork and concentration of intent. Cutting is the Art of Swordsmanship in practice.

Sparring is the application of all sword practice, against an opponent. All elements of Kumdo are essential for effective sparring. Speed, reaction time, accuracy, judgment, mental and physical control. The student must apply all their knowledge and skill to overcome an opponent.

Kumdo teaches more than just how to use a sword. The discipline, mental and physical training and friendship provide the grounds for a life long practice. It is the vital mental training and conditioning that separates the true practitioner from the individual who has only mastered the physical techniques of Kumdo.

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