While some schools teach Taekwondo purely as a sport, Taekwondo is a martial art that provides so much more than just competitive experience. This is why our junior black belts and adult students have to undergo a rigorous curriculum that includes both modern Taekwondo and traditional Taekwondo components.
In 2019, to further augment the martial arts aspect, Master Lai introduced the art of the Korean sword, or Kummooyeh, as part of our available classes. Kummooyeh is derived from the ancient art of Korean swordsmanship and is a unique martial art developed from the ancient elite warrior class who dedicated their lives to the study of martial arts and the protection of their country. The techniques and movements of Kummooyeh are beautiful and dynamic, with a balance of speed, power and accuracy but having a clear deadly purpose.
Kummooyeh, or Kumdo in short, is composed of many types of training, including sword forms, cutting, sparring, Korean traditional archery and meditation. These exclusive classes are taught by our internationally-certified black belt instructors.
Sword forms are a core element of martial arts training, teaching the student many of the necessary skills needed when fighting (sparring). Through set movement patterns, the student develops discipline, concentration, endurance and power, all without physical contact or risk of getting hurt. These skills are essential to everyday life, and to practicing martial arts.
The theory and practice of the sword are harmonised in cutting. Speed, accuracy, power, footwork and concentration of intent. Cutting is the art of Korean sword in practice.
Sparring is the application of all sword practice against an opponent. All elements of Kummooyeh are essential for effective sparring. Speed, reaction time, accuracy, judgement, mental and physical control. The student must apply all his/her knowledge and skill to overcome an opponent.
Korean Traditional Archery
Korean traditional archery is a unique form of archery practiced only on the Korean peninsula. It is the evolution and result of many unique individual influences which have occurred in the country’s history. Nowadays Korean traditional archery is practiced as a martial art primarily for self-control and mental training rather than focusing on practical use for hunting or as a combat weapon.
Taught a pattern of breath control, the student will learn to slow down his/her heart rate, and calm himself/herself when under pressure. Sitting meditation then advances to the practice of Kicheon, a form of moving meditation, where the student develops a strong control over self.