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Korean Sword and Weapon Arts DVD
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Manufacturer: Turtle Pres
Starring: Im Dong-kyu
Directed By: Sang H. Kim
Average Customer Rating: Average rating of 5.0/5Average rating of 5.0/5Average rating of 5.0/5Average rating of 5.0/5Average rating of 5.0/5

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Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: DVD
EAN: 0823327205725
Format: Color
Label: Turtle Pres
Manufacturer: Turtle Pres
Number Of Items: 1
Publisher: Turtle Pres
Region Code: 1
Release Date: 2005-11-28
Running Time: 70
Studio: Turtle Pres

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Korean Sword and Weapon Arts DVD is a rare look at some of the oldest documented martial arts of Korea. In this fascinating DVD, the National DemonstrationTeam of Kyung Dang, led by Grandmaster Im Dong-kyu, reenacts the sword, stick, spear and empty hand arts of ancient Korea. The weapon forms demonstrated here are based on those illustrated in the classic Korean martial arts manual, Muye Dobo Tongji. Practiced by the King’s special forces over 500 years ago, these sword and weapon arts were adapted from ancient Japanese and Chinese martial skills developed by Korean warriors during the Yi Dynasty.

This one of a kind DVD performance begins with a variety of sword arts originating in Korea, Japan and China in the 1500s through 1700s. Next, the masters of Kyung Dang demonstrate rarely seen Korean weapons such including the spear, crescent sword and shield. You'll also be treated to a performance of Kwon Bup, believed to be one of the earliest documented forms of Korean empty hand martial arts.

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Summary: Top value in sword videos
Comment: Ancient Korean Sword and Weapon Arts

Turtle press offers 3 DVDs of Korean sword Martial arts, two modern arts (Kumdo and Haedong Kumdo) and Ancient Korean Sword and Weapon Arts. This DVD demonstrates the ancient sword and weapon arts as recorded in the text Muye Dobo Tongi, which was written in 1790 A.D.

This is the best sword DVD I have found. This DVD includes most of the forms in the text, with the most notable exception of the forms on horseback. There are 4 Japanese sword forms (Toyuryu, Woonkwangryu, Chunyuryu, Ryupiryu) and 5 Korean sword forms (Ssang Soo Do, Ye Do, Je Dok Gum, Bon Kuk Gum, Ssang Gum), and you will see each form 3 times. First, each form is presented independently by two different masters, then a third close up of the form is recorded where the video technician is so close that you can hear the sword cut through the air. The forms are valuable tools in interpreting the unfamiliar terminology of the old Muye Dobo Tongi text, such as "goose posture," "single horned bull combat position," or "leopard head pressing the summit posture."

This DVD also presents other weapons, flag spear, crescent sword, spear sword, shield art, long stick and Shaolin long stick. On these other weapons, we see each form only twice, both as a first demonstration and a replay of the same demonstration.

This 70 minute DVD is long on demonstrations, and short on talk. There is three minutes of introduction, and equally brief concluding comments at the end of the tape. This is a definite "must have."

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