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Kunmudo Overview 

What is? | Origin | Character | Recovery Exercise | Seven Martial Arts

1. What is Kunmudo

Kunmudo is the dance of ancient soldiers. This Kunmudo is that we are in one with the motions of martial arts and with the music. This is the dance of artistic martial arts harmonizing a Korean traditional martial arts with a Korean traditional the music (Ga Ya Gum :Korean instrument with 12 strings)

The special feature of the Kunmudo is in one according with our body, our breath, and our music. There is in one physically and spiritually, that is the ego and the non-ego.

Kunmudo shows the motions softly and strongly in rise and fall, big and small, and strength and weakness. This appears circle, square, point, and line. And there is detailed beauty in a breath and a breath. Kunmudo has Dong Sun Mu (Myong Sang Mu), Su Bak Hi, Gi Gong Mu, Sun Mu, Chang Mu, Bong Mu, Jin Gum Mu and Ma Sang Mu.

2. Origin of Kunmudo

Kunmudo is one of the unique Korean martial art dance which is practicing ancient sword dance that brings the harmonious power between nature, man
and spirit. Kunmudo was originated in Silla kingdom (4th century).
The at that time, the Wharang (elites in the military school) used to practice martial art called 'Musa Chum' (Musa means sword man and Chum means dance) in combination with sword, music, and dance, as a way of training their body and spirit during the peaceful time, and it was used as a weapon during the war.
Since then this types of martial art dance was widely practiced and handed over the centuries, and it became a form of artistic dance. But it have been interrupted during the Japanese colonial period (1910 - 1945).

However Kunmudo was reformed and modified by Jung-Hyo Ha, and established the school in 1957. Since then it developed and refined by his several students.
Eung-Sun Kang was one of the student, and he improved notably in the field of SSangkeommu(double sword dance) and Masangmu (pratcing while horse riding).
He initiated Kunmudo in 1976 and have been trained for twelve years in the Korean mountain under his master Jung-Hyo Ha. After his intense training, he could establish his own Kunmudo school in 1988.

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Since then he is concentrate on teaching his students and continious training for himself. Since 1990, he was started to be invited frequentely for the demonstrations and stage performances in many different occasions, often in cooporation with other traditional musicians and dancers.
He is the one of the rare martial artist who is performing as an artistic dancer.



3. Character of Kunmudo

The first, Kunmudo allows the joint of our body to relax, the symmetry of our right and left body to recover, and the health of our five viscera and six entails to grow, regardless of the difference of sex,age, and physical strength.
The Kunmudo trains our body symmetry and builds up our mind peace with matching our traditional music. (Ga Ya Gum, Dae Gum and Geo Mun Go)

The second, Kunmudo is artistic value. The line of motions and the shape of geometry allow our body and mind to be beautiful, our spirit to have nature energy. This artistic performance give us to be impressed.

The third, Kunmudo has our mentality be spiritually awakened with the Taoist meditation.

The fourth, Kunmudo protects and guards ourselves, and brings up our physical ability and our artistic presentation ability.

T
he fifth, Kunmudo trains always without any condition, and the Kunmudo is our life like food, clothing, and shelter.

The sixth, Kunmudo has the Taoism, the structural beauty of the human body, the physical medicine of our Korean system, and the self enlargement of training.

The seventh, Kunmudo has the functions of medical treatment, cultural art, mental philosophy, and martial arts.


4. Recovery Exercise

 
         Stretching            Hitting of Hand / Foot     Tae Dong Therapy          Nature Therapy


5. Seven Martial Arts

 
        Gi Gong                     Fan                       Sword                   Moving Zen             Spear Pole

 
         
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