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Haidong Gumdo

Welcome to my interest in martial arts. I'm interested in a few different types, but currently only my Korean sword martial art called Haidong Gumdo is highlighted here. I studied this sword martial art for two years in Canada while doing my masters degree, and continued training in Edinburgh Scotland.



Ssang Soo Forms #1-12

When I graduated and left Canada, I filmed my instructor performing all of the forms we practiced (as well as a few I had not yet learned) so that I could continue training in Edinburgh. I then turned them into videos with explanation and music, which you can see below. These were the first videos I ever made, and initially I started with Windows Movie Maker!

Form #01

Ssang Soo Gumbup #1

This is the first form of Haidong Gumdo. Some explanation has been provided to help explain the movements, along with some fun music. Enjoy the video.

Form #02

Ssang Soo Gumbup #2

This is the second form of Haidong Gumdo. Some explanation has been provided to help explain the movements, along with some fun music. Enjoy the video.

Form #03

Ssang Soo Gumbup #3

This is the third form of Haidong Gumdo. Some explanation has been provided to help explain the movements, along with some fun music. Enjoy the video.

Form #04

Ssang Soo Gumbup #4

This is the fourth form of Haidong Gumdo. Some explanation has been provided to help explain the movements, along with some fun music. Enjoy the video.

Form #05

Ssang Soo Gumbup #5

This is the fifth form of Haidong Gumdo. Some explanation has been provided to help explain the movements, along with some fun music. Enjoy the video.

Form #06

Ssang Soo Gumbup #6

This is the sixth form of Haidong Gumdo. Some explanation has been provided to help explain the movements, along with some fun music. Enjoy the video.

Form #07

Ssang Soo Gumbup #7

This is the seventh form of Haidong Gumdo. Some explanation has been provided to help explain the movements, along with some fun music. Enjoy the video.

Form #08

Ssang Soo Gumbup #8

This is the eighth form of Haidong Gumdo. Some explanation has been provided to help explain the movements, along with some fun music. Enjoy the video.

Form #09

Ssang Soo Gumbup #9

This is the ninth form of Haidong Gumdo. Some explanation has been provided to help explain the movements, along with some fun music. Enjoy the video.

Form #10

Ssang Soo Gumbup #10

This is the tenth form of Haidong Gumdo. Some explanation has been provided to help explain the movements, along with some fun music. Enjoy the video.

Form #11

Ssang Soo Gumbup #11

This is the eleventh form of Haidong Gumdo. Some explanation has been provided to help explain the movements, along with some fun music. Enjoy the video.

Form #12

Ssang Soo Gumbup #12

This is the twelth form of Haidong Gumdo. Some explanation has been provided to help explain the movements, along with some fun music. Enjoy the video.

The Efficient Cut

In Edinburgh Scotland, I met a new martial art friend through some Jujitsu classes I was taking, who was interested in learning Haidong Gumdo, so together we trained and I taught him what I could. However, as there was no one in Edinburgh to push me, I developed drum beats at different rates to push us when we did our initial 200 straight cuts. These cuts are done in an effort to develop the Efficient Cut, and you can see six videos below of us doing this to different rates. These videos were made in an effort to help with our home-training.

40 bpm

200 Cuts: 40bpm

Develop the Efficient Cut by practicing 200 cuts approximately 3 times a week with this drum beat. Once 40bpm seems too slow, move up to 45bpm or use a heavier sword.

45 bpm

200 Cuts: 45bpm

Develop the Efficient Cut by practicing 200 cuts approximately 3 times a week with this drum beat. Once 45bpm seems too slow, move up to 50bpm or use a heavier sword.

50 bpm

200 Cuts: 50bpm

Develop the Efficient Cut by practicing 200 cuts approximately 3 times a week with this drum beat. Once 50bpm seems too slow, move up to 55bpm or use a heavier sword.

55 bpm

200 Cuts: 55bpm

Develop the Efficient Cut by practicing 200 cuts approximately 3 times a week with this drum beat. Once 55bpm seems too slow, move up to 60bpm or use a heavier sword.

60 bpm

200 Cuts: 60bpm

Develop the Efficient Cut by practicing 200 cuts approximately 3 times a week with this drum beat. Once 60bpm seems too slow, move up to 65bpm or use a heavier sword.

65 bpm

200 Cuts: 65bpm

Develop the Efficient Cut by practicing 200 cuts approximately 3 times a week with this drum beat. If this rate seems too slow, use a heavier sword.