Monday, November 13, 2023

Haidong Gumdo Seminar #2

This past weekend I participated in my second Haidong Gumdo (Korean swordsmanship) seminar with Grandmaster Jeong-Woo Kim (Chief of Education for the World Haidong Gumdo Federation).  We first trained with him in April of this year.

We quickly reviewed the material presented at his previous visit.  The rest of the weekend was spent learning the remaining six sword forms that complete the requirements for First Degree Black Belt.  

Master Kim will return in another 6 months or so to review our progress.  If at that time we are able to demonstrate all of the skills taught so far, then we will be allowed to begin teaching Haidong Gumdo.  I believe mandatory training for instructor certification will continue until we reach Second Degree Black Belt.

The eleven-hour seminar was exhausting, and my wrists and forearms are still sore, but I believe I picked up a lot of new knowledge.  Good times.

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