History of Haidong Gumdo

Haidong Gumdo is the martial art of the ancient Goguryo Kingdom 
(AD 331). 
Master Sul-Bong established a dojang by Sam-Ji Lake in the Baekdoo Mountains and taught his apostles a martial art based on the ideas of patriotism, filial piety, respecting the elderly and executing righteousness. 
Among them, the outstanding ones were called Samurang and they were always at the front line of the battle against injustice.

The true principles of Haidong Gumdo is to execute justice with the 'sword light' that is obtained at the break of day from majestic and brilliant sunlight that glows over the east seaIn recent days, master Jang Baek San passed down a martial art to Mr. Jeong-Ho Kim, beginning in 1961. 

Grand Master Kim modernized the art and established his dojang in Ahn-Yang city on July 24, 1982. On April 10th, 1984, he founded the Korea Haidong Gumdo Association in the Seoul and established the World Haidong Gumdo Federation on November 25, 1996. 

On July 23, 2002, the first Haidong Gumdo World Championships was held in Yong Pyung stadium in Kangwon Province. Over a 10,000 competitors from 14 countries participated.
From July 25th to 27th in 2004, The 2004 World Championships & July 24th to 26th in 2006, The 2006 World Championships & July 27th to 29th in 2008, The 2008 World Championships as also successfully held with over 10,000 competitors from 31 countries. Currently, Haidong Gumdo is one of the world's leading martial arts with a million practitioners and over 1,000 training centers in 50 countries.