Kumdo is an ancient form of martial art that originated in Korea 2,000 years ago. Kumdo means “the way of the sword” and was a form of sword fighting used by warriors to defend their country. Over time, it developed into a true martial art and a way of life, as opposed to a brutal method of combat. In the 18th century, Kumdo took its present form using bamboo swords and protective gear to make it safer to practice without compromising any of its focus on spiritual and mental prowess. Although strength and speed are important in the martial art, one cannot master Kumdo without a pure state of mind and heart. That aspect of Kumdo makes it interesting and engaging as it intensively trains both mind and body. Kumdo is a very popular martial art with over three million current practitioners all over the world.
As with most martial arts around the world, Kumdo is imbued with cultural and historical aspects of the past as well as current society. Kumdo has deep philosophical principles and beliefs. It encourages students to build strong character while showing respect, courtesy, and fairness throughout their training. Many modern Kumdo schools embrace the five tenets of the Three Kingdoms Period (57 BCE to 668 CE):
- Be loyal and faithful to your country and organization
- Be faithful and respectful to your parents and elders
- Be faithful and respectful to your friends and colleagues
- Be confident and show courage when faced with injustice
- Be benevolent
In conjunction with the martial art, students enrolled in Peak Performance Kumdo will also benefit from improved:
- Spiritual Strength
- Correct Posture
Anyone can practice Kumdo and it is a lifetime sport that can enjoyed by everyone.