Subject: Vancouver first Haedong Kumdo Seminar
Place: Gum Ying Hapkido Studio
Date: May 29 & 30, 2015
Organized by: Master Thomas Lok
It was such an honor to have Grandmaster Kim come to our Gum Ying Kwan
last week. It was truly a privilege to have such a person with his
experience and knowledge in Haedong Kumdo to teach and share his knowledge
Although, it was just a few days of training and he taught us a
few new moves; we all felt his passion and enthusiasm in the art during
the training session. My students are so excited about Haedong Kumdo now
and we look forward to his next trip to Canada soon. Thank you.
Master Dave Gaitens
5th Dan Jin Pal Hapkido
On May 29th, 2015 I had the privilege to travel with Grandmaster Kim to
Vancouver to introduce him to my Hapkido instructor, Master Thomas Lok and
We found that Haedong Kumdo and Hapkido share many of the
same philosophies resulting in a fantastic seminar with much knowledge
gained. Grandmaster Kim’s ability to teach his skills in a fun and
energizing manner brought different martial artists together which allowed
the sword to create many friendships.
Thank you GM Kim,
we look forward to your next Canadian visit, eh!
Senior Instructor / Studio Manager
| here is our feedback / review for the seminar.
We recently had the honour of hosting a two-day Haedong Kumdo seminar led by one of the world’s foremost expert of this martial art, Grand Master Kim Jeong Seong. For those who don’t know, Haedong Kumdo, or HK, is a traditional Korean sword-based martial art.
As this was our first experience with HK, we were all a bit nervous since we didn’t know what to expect. Any trace of uneasiness and apprehension quickly disappeared once Grand Master Kim began the seminar. He introduced us to the art of Haedong Kumdo through a variety of demonstrations. Starting with a group pattern, he and his students then proceeded through a series of single and double sword patterns, ending with a paper cutting demonstration.
After the visual introduction, we began the hands-on learning portion which would continue for the rest of the seminar. Grand Master Kim led us through warm-ups, one-step techniques, group exercises, patterns, sparring drills, and paper cutting.
Even with all the activity and learning going on, what stood out most during the seminar was the passion and care demonstrated by Grand Master Kim. He was patient, always available to answer questions, and made sure to explain everything in detail. This was valuable for the class as the youngest participants were 10 years old!
In addition to teaching us HK techniques, Grand Master Kim also imparted valuable knowledge about learning martial arts. He emphasized the need to build a strong foundation of basic skills, using martial arts to better understand our bodies, and being focused & deliberate in our movements.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Grand Master Kim and are looking forward to his next visit as we continue our journey in Haedong Kumdo!