The 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).
at that time, the Wharang(elites in the military school) used to
pratice 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
Since then it developed and refined by his several
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.
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.
¢Ñ The character of Kunmudo
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.(Kayakum,Takum, and Kaemunko)
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.
Kunmudo has our mentality be spiritually awakened with theTaoist
The fourth, Kunmudo protects and guards ourselves, and brings up
our physical ability and our
artistic presentation ability.
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.
Kunmudo has the functions of medical
treatment, cultural art, mental philosophy, and martial arts.