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Haedong Kumdo: Korean Sword Art

Manufacturer: Turtle Press,U.S.
Starring: Korean Haedong Kumdo Federation, Sang H. Kim
Directed By: Korean Haedong Kumdo Federation
Average Customer Rating: Average rating of 4.0/5Average rating of 4.0/5Average rating of 4.0/5Average rating of 4.0/5Average rating of 4.0/5

Binding: VHS Tape
EAN: 9781880336199
Format: Color
ISBN: 1880336197
Label: Turtle Press,U.S.
Manufacturer: Turtle Press,U.S.
Number Of Items: 1
Publisher: Turtle Press,U.S.
Release Date: 1997-09-15
Running Time: 60
Studio: Turtle Press,U.S.

Editorial Reviews:

While the popular Korean martial arts like taekwondo and tang soo do have spread around the world, generations of warriors have quietly practiced more traditional Korean Combat arts, preserving centuries old techniques in virtual secrecy. Now, you can discover what few people outside of Korea know-the rich tradition of Korean warrior arts like ssireum, kumdo and archery.

Each tape in this continuing series gives you a rare glimpse of the techniques, history and philosophy of an art through the words and actions of its masters. Kumdo encompasses practice with both the wooden training sword and the forged steel sword. On this tape, both types of practice are demonstrated by some of the top Kumdo practitioners in Korea. Using the wooden sword, the masters demonstrate training exercises, basic skills and combat drills with a partner. They then progress to more intricate sequences of cuts with the live sword blade, including fascinating demonstrations of cutting prowess in which bamboo is sliced and candles are extinguished with masterful speed.

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Summary: Full of content with unedited footage of various gumdo-in.
Comment: This video is third in the historical Korean martial arts series by Turtle Press and Sang H. Kim. Of the three it is the most complete and engaging. The tape covers the general practice of Hai Dong Gumdo (Haedong Kumdo) from basics to some more advanced forms. Oddly, it displays no pre-black belt forms in their entirety, preferring instead to display a few forms from the first to fourth dan requirements. These forms are shown twice at a slower than normal pace and were filmed at the World Hai Dong Gumdo Federation head offices. The members performing on the video are not representative of the best nor the worst gumdo-in in the Federation today but are a sampling of the average. Personally I found it refreshing and uplifting to see mistakes and other acts of God be left as a part of the film. I feel the tape gives a decent overview of the curriculum, its mental and physical requirements as well as the rewards of following the regimen. It clearly shows samples from most areas of the art such as forms, sparring, unarmed techniques, meditative exercises and most exciting - cutting. It is not a training video but can definitely be used to get a full taste of this effective and comprehensive sword art.

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