08-20-2006, 14:53 #1
Haidong Gumdo and Korean swordsmanship
I've been wondering recently if Haidong Gumdo is koreanised version of Japanese sword techniques. I've never practiced it, but from the images I've seen, it looks just like Kenjutsu or something like that. Event he swords they use look just like katanas.
Most of the korean martial arts practiced today have at least some Japanese origins as a result of the occupation (like korean TKD/TSD and japanese Shotokan, or HKD and Aikijujutsu).
Is HDGD koreanised Kenjutsu? What are the differences between korean and japanese swordsmanship?
08-21-2006, 04:53 #2
There are only that many ways you can handle a sword. If you would have known of HDGD before a Japanese art, you would probably say that kenjutsu looked like HDGD.
Of course, just like almost any martial art there have been influences from outside. Japanese, Chinese and Korean martial arts have all influenced each other at some point in history. With the Chinese influence probably being the biggest.
In recent times Japanese martial arts had a lot of influence on Korea, but not only on Korea, also on the way we in the West look at oriental martial arts!!!
The wea gum (Japanese sword) was brought to Korea during the Imjin Waeran (Japenese invasion of Korea by Hideyoshi, (more info at wikipedia) around 1592. And the use of it is described in works like the Muye Dobo Tongji. Probably long before that, the way to make swords was brought to Japan from China through Korea. Japanese people made adjustments, Korean did the same with the Japanese design, etc. etc.
In Korean sword arts, also swords are used that are quite different from the Japanese design and definitely older. (Read the MYDBTJ if you want to know more)
HDGD differs from Japanese styles that the emphasize is much more on battlefield fighting, and much less on protocol. Yes, I am generalizing here, I know.
In HDGD there are some claims that the art would be a lot older, but historic evidence is lacking. Fact is that in modern days a lot of Korean sword schools focus on older Korean material.
08-21-2006, 10:28 #3
08-26-2006, 11:03 #4
Great article. But I think that if you are interested in sword training you would benefit greatly whether it was HDGD or Kenjutsu you were learning. We have some sword training requirements in our form of Hapkido and do four weekend training camps a year only on sword training. I would take sword class everyday if they offered it. We mostly practice with jookdo bamboo sword and mokdo wooden sword. I have only taken a couple of camps that use a real blade. You get a much different feeling welling up inside you when you use a steel blade and you really visualize the damage that it would do with those cuts.
08-26-2006, 13:03 #5
We do quite a lot of sword practice in our style. It is called 'hankumdo' and techniques are based on the Korean alphabet, hangul.
So you kind of write Korean in the air with your sword.
As with everything, basic practice is the key to perfection.
So when I tell my students that they have to do a 1000 vertical strikes, suddenly the interest in the flashy sword-art disappears :-)
If you would take classes at a HDGD school which isn't a dan factory, this wouldn't be a strange way to work on your skills either.
Wikipedia on hankumdo.
I don't think there are any hankumdo schools in the US though.
08-26-2006, 19:39 #6
Originally Posted by krhodes31
08-26-2006, 20:08 #7
This may seem kinda silly but check out the movie "The Sword in the Moon." You can see a few different types of Korean swords. Excellent movie tons of sword play. Very impressive.2/505 Parachute Infantry Regiment
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09-26-2006, 11:10 #8
Where can you get it?
I would like to check out "Sword in the Moon" where would I find it?
09-27-2006, 02:22 #9