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Kum Do, or the Way of the Sword, is the Korean art of sword fencing practiced centuries ago during the Shilla Dynasty. It is closely related to Japanese Kendo and many historians believe they have a common origin.

Kum Do emphasizes the development of concentration, strength, and self-control. All training is done with bamboo practice swords (Juk Do) and when players spar, armor (Hogu) is worn to protect the head, wrists, and torso, targets in Kum Do. Mastery over one's mind is essential to strike with Ki Kum Che (Spirit, Sword, and Body acting as one), the only way to advance in the sport.

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 strikes for your rank, as well as knowing choreographed forms (Bon) and free sparring techniques for the advanced belts.

 

We meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm in S461 in the Fieldhouse, and on Saturdays in S515 from 1pm to 3pm.  New members and interested people are welcome to attend!

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Kum Do, or the Way of the Sword, is the Korean art of sword fencing practiced centuries ago during the Shilla Dynasty. It is closely related to Japanese Kendo and many historians believe they have a common origin.

Kum Do emphasizes the development of concentration, strength, and self-control. All training is done with bamboo practice swords (Juk Do) and when players spar, armor (Hogu) is worn to protect the head, wrists, and torso, targets in Kum Do. Mastery over one's mind is essential to strike with Ki Kum Che (Spirit, Sword, and Body acting as one), the only way to advance in the sport.

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 strikes for your rank, as well as knowing choreographed forms (Bon) and free sparring techniques for the advanced belts.

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Name of Club President

Andrew Steck

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Katherine Duffus, Vice President

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Practice Days
  • Tuesday
  • Thursday
  • Saturday
Practice Times

5:30 PM

Practice Location

Tues/Thurs 5:40 -7:00 PM in S461 and Sat 1:00 - 3:00 PM S515 in the Field House

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