ABOUT KUM DO
- Kum Do (Kendo) - The art of sword fencing
- Guhapdo (Iado) - The art of drawing the sword and cutting
- Ki Kong - Meditation to focus your mind
Kum Do is the Korean art of sword fencing perfected centuries
ago during the Shilla Dynasty. It is closely related to Japanese
Kendo and many historians believe that they had a common origin.
Kum Do emphasizes concentration, power, and self-control. It is
a very safe martial art since all sparring is done wearing full
body armor (Hogu). All training is done with a bamboo practice
sword (Juk Do). Precise control over ones body is essential to
achieve Ki Kum Che (Spirit, sword, and body acting as one) when
striking with the sword.
The benefits of Kum Do are many. Practitioners will develop their
skills of concentration and focus, since precise control of the
sword is essential. Kum Do promotes an attitude of confidence that
helps students grow both personally and morally. Kum Do is fundamentally
based upon the concepts of honesty, honor, self-control, and courtesy.
Kum Do practice also provides a vigorous physical workout to help
promote good health. Practitioners also gain the knowledge to defend
themselves using everyday items such as a broomstick, cane, or
Kum Do students are ranked in the traditional manner from 10th
Gup to 1st Gup for all students below black belt and from 1st Dan
to 10th Dan for all ranks above black belt. Belt testing consists
of knowing and demonstrating the appropriate striking forms for
your rank, as well as sparring forms and free sparring for the
the University of Iowa Kum Do Club Web Site!