9. Dan Kummooyeh
Grandmaster Joung has been studying Asian martial arts such as Taekwondo, Hapkido, Kendo, Kung Fu and Kummooyeh (Kumdo) for over 40 years. Since 1991, he has paid much attention to the study of traditional Korean sword art, especially that of the sharp sword. In 1996, he founded the Korean Dobup Kumdo Association to pass on his knowledge of sword art to other martial arts masters. He taught at the Korean Military Academy and the Korean National Police University in Korea and spread his sword art around the world with the help of a demo team.
His 2-sword technique consists of 12 basic positions and has influenced the fighting style of many masters. Grand Master Joung's goal is to teach and spread traditional Korean sword fighting art around the world.
What is Kummooyeh?
Kummooyeh means "sword art" and is a Korean martial art with a sword and the Korean horse bow. The basic pillars of Kummooyeh [kʊm ˈmuː je] are cutting, fighting, running shapes and shooting with the Korean horseback archery (Gung sul 궁술). These cornerstones are structured and taught in six areas:
The basis for dealing with the sword are leg and step work, focus and weight distribution, pulling, inserting, cutting and block techniques as well as the coordination of the whole body.
Guiding a sharp blade during cutting exercises on bamboo mats is one of the most demanding disciplines in sword art. All skills learned with the sword are called up in one cut or in a combination of cuts. After a cut, a lot can be learned from the cut pattern and the smallest deviations from the ideal are revealed.
Shooting with the traditional Korean bow is a dynamic, combat-oriented archery from the movement. Unlike the English or Mediterranean style, the bow of the bow is pulled with the thumb. Since the traditional bow does not have an arch window, it must be turned out when shooting. The positioning of the bow hand is similar to that of the sword grip, which is a very nice combination.
Fighting with the sword poses a special challenge to mental and physical abilities. Using fighting techniques with training weapons in the fight against one or more fighters means safe and precise implementation of all physical and mental skills. Since fighting in Kummooyeh mimics the fight with the real blade, there are many valid target areas all over the body. The skills are increasingly refined, starting with the hit areas on the head, stomach and wrist. As the skill progresses, the safe teaching of target areas on the upper arm, upper body, thigh and lower leg is taught in training. With every action in sparring, it is very important to hit with a good technique, but not to be hit.
The goal of Kummooyeh meditation is to control and control body and mind. The heart rate is lowered, the breath consciously flows in the ideal rhythm and the flow of energy is stimulated. Kummooyeh meditation creates the ideal basis for attentively perceiving yourself and your environment and being able to call up the necessary energy.
The correct execution of sword shapes represents the harmonious combination of all other disciplines (cutting,
Basic techniques, positions).
Hyun Kyoo Jang
8. Dan Kummooyeh
Grandmaster Hyun Kyoo Jang Taekwondo, Haidong Gumdo and Kummooyeh have been training for more than 35 years. He developed Kummooyeh (the Korean martial art with sword and bow) and founded the World Kummooyeh Federation in 2010 together with Grand Master Bouksoo Joung.
In February 2014 he began teaching Kummooyeh and spreading it worldwide through seminars and the Instructor Training Program. He travels the world and travels outside Korea for more than half of the year to train instructors and students. The spread of Kummooyeh is progressing rapidly. Kummooyeh is currently being trained in 20 countries. National and international events are organized in different countries every year. In 2017, the first international Kummooyeh seminar and instructor meeting took place in Utah, USA. The next international event is already scheduled for 2018 in Korea. GM Jang developed Kummooyeh with the goal of being able to develop physical and mental skills that support us in everyday life and have a positive impact on our quality of life.
First Kummooyeh seminar
in April 2014 in Ismaning near Munich
The young martial art started in Germany in April 2014 in Ismaning near Munich. Michael Poschen invited Grand Master Jang to a seminar weekend to introduce Kummooyeh to those interested from all over Germany.
The spark quickly spread to the participants. The knowledge was quickly passed on to today's trainers through various training programs and seminars. They pass on their knowledge and skills to their students according to the motto "Sweat and Smile".
To date, numerous schools and exercise groups have been founded in Bavaria, Berlin, Hesse, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate. The number of enthusiastic Kummooyeh members is constantly increasing and presents us with new challenges. We master these flexibly and dynamically and always for the benefit of our students and for the Kummooyeh community. At the beginning of 2018, the regional association was founded in Lower Saxony and further foundations are pending. We are also pleased to be the first European country to be able to train other Kummooyeh instructors through our currently three certified head instructors.
Anyone who wants to be trained as a Kummooyeh Instructor in Germany can quickly achieve this goal with the support of our Head Instructors. The specially developed training program IBP (Instructor Bridging Program) usually ends with the exam for 1st Dan and enables and entitles the graduates to teach their own students and to take their belt exams. 2018 remains an exciting year. In addition to the trainings, performances and belt exams, we are very much looking forward to the upcoming major Kummooyeh seminars and events. On February 10th and 11th, the Lower Saxony State Association organized a seminar for every interested student and prospective instructor in Wolfenbüttel: On June 2nd and 3rd, 2018, the "Kummooyeh Friendly Seminar & Training" will take place in Bottrop, which is a joint project of European instructors is held and, in addition to teaching, offers a friendship tournament for pupils for the first time. On September 13th to 17th, 2018 we are looking forward to another visit from Grand Master Jang. He is a human, friend, teacher, and approachable grand master. Training and learning with him is always a special experience. The seminar is aimed at everyone who is interested in sword fighting as well as those who practice Kummooyeh.
References / Copyright
The six pictograms displayed were provided by www.Kummooyeh-Niedersachsen.de.
The article about GM Joung has been translated into German from the internal website: www.kummooyeh.org.