Over the weekend Martial Artists came together from around New Zealand and Oceania for a successful Haidong Gumdo Seminar at Budo South in Tauranga. Master Oh, the Head of Haidong Gumdo Oceania, came from Australia to instruct in all aspects of their Korean Sword Martial Art.
“The best part was the comradery,” said Master Garry Carpenter, President of Haidong Gumdo New Zealand. “We all trained hard together as a group with lots of smiles and laughs.”
Martial Artists came from Whakatane, Tauranga, Hutt City, Wellington, Auckland and even New Caledonia. One goal of the weekend was help expand the art of Haidong Gumdo across Oceania by training the basics to Masters of other martial arts.
The weekend started with a Friday night Black Belt Seminar to learn some new patterns for arranged sparring and putting away the sword (chokgum).
On Saturday morning there was a physical training focusing on basics that left everyone with sweaty doboks and smiles on their faces. This was followed by papercutting and bamboo cutting. Twelve year old Senior Belt Brooke Power had the opportunity to use a live blade to cut bamboo for the first time. Brooke said “It was a bit terrifying, but also powerful.”
In the afternoon Head Instructor of the Whakatane Haidong Gumdo Club, Danyel Degenhardt, put on a session called Mastering Pain In the Dojang Of Your Mind. Danyel taught how he accomplished one hour of Dan Jeon Ho using self-hypnosis in order to achieve his Black Belt. He then guided the group through his self-hypnosis technique. Dan Jeon Ho involves standing in a horse riding stance with arms held overhead.
Sunday started early for the participants with a sunrise training at Mount Maunganui Main Beach. It was a beautiful morning that taught everyone how to draw power from the sun through Dan Jeon breathing.
To help recover, the group went to the Mount Hot Pools and discussed plans for the next year. There was a lot to talk about with Haidong Gumdo New Zealand hosting Oceania Mulimpia for the first time next October in Tauranga.
The weekend finished with everyone getting geared up for full contact sparring with Master Oh. Those who were lucky enough to go toe to two with Master Oh quickly found out why he is the Head of Haidong Gumdo Oceania. Danyel Degenhardt said “He’s a nimble swordsman who anticipates your movements and responds with intensity that’s hard to defend.”
The seminar was a great success with everyone leaving feeling re-energised.
If you’re interested in learning how to use a sword and challenge your mind, body and spirit you can go to http://www.haidonggumdo.kiwi.nz/clubs/ to find out more about local classes and how you can try it out for free.