Kumdo & Iaido
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What is Kumdo?
Kumdo is the Korean word meaning Kum (sword) and Do (Way), and this is translated as the way of the sword. This also is the same for Japanese Kendo and it is translated the same ie. Ken (Sword) Do (Way). Kumdo and Kendo are the same in all ways except for terminology and philosophical underpinnings. Kendo is steeped in the traditional approach of one mind and perfection of form in executing one strike. Kumdo approaches this in a more conventional and practical fashion, seeking to balance form and perfection with the reality of living in a dynamic and changing world. Basically that sometimes we have to adapt and respond in unpredictable ways.
What is Iaido?
Iaido is a Japanese martial art that, through solo forms, teaches use of the Japanese sword. Iaidō emphasizes being aware and capable of quickly drawing the sword and responding to a sudden attack.
Iaido, literally means "the art of gracefully drawing and re-sheathing the katana"
In our classes, beginning students use a practice wood sword called a bokken. We require students to be a minimum age of 9 or a black belt in Taekwondo if younger certified under Bruce TKD Academy. The reason for this is to assure maturity, self discipline, self control and the respect of the weapon used.
White KumDo uniform with white pants are worn by beginners up to Brown Belt unless certified Black Belt under Bruce TKD Academy. All Brown Belts and Above will wear blue top with black pants. If you are a TKD Black Belt under BTKDA, you will enter the KumDo & Iaido program as an Orange Belt.
KumDo & Iaido Rank (14 Gup Levels)
BROWN / RED
1ST DAN to 9th DAN