The complete art of Korean sword training includes the practice of basic techniques, forms, step sparring, sparring, energy building exercises, and paper, fruit, bamboo, and straw cutting practice. In this way, Haidong Gumdo is a significantly different style from Kumdo, emphasizing the nature of Korean combative over competition as in sport applications.
The World Haidong Gumdo Federation, is an organization dedicated to spreading the art of Haidong Gumdo throughout the world. It teaches the fighting skill of the Samurang swordsmen, who lived in the Koguryo kingdom of what is now South Korea nearly 2,000 years ago.
Mr. Jeong Ho Kim, modern founder of Haidong Gumdo and President of the World Haidong Gumdo Federation, learned Haidong Gumdo from a spiritual wanderer named Jang Baek-san and became its champion, making it popular first in Korea, and then spreading it throughout the world. Grandmaster Kim has established nearly 500 Haidong Gumdo dojangs in South Korea and well over 1,000 schools in 30+ other countries.