Jung Shin Gum Sool
Jung Shin Gum Sool is a Korean martial Art known as “the techniques or way of the sword”. Koguryo Gumsool is the sword art of the ancient Ssabori warriors of medieval Korea. The arts of Korean swordsmanship disappeared after the 40 year occupation of Korea by the Japanese. Most of the Korean Sword arts are recreations of ancient text incorporated to Japanese Tojutsu (刀術) which translates literally as "sword techniques".We follow the philosophical teachings of the Samurangs, their art focused on unifying the body, spirit, and mind, while promoting mental, physical, and spiritual development. The practice of Koguryo Gumsool is intended to build both physical and psychological skills. Most importantly Koguryo Gumsool is intended to build and strengthen the practitioners’ characters, ethics and morality. This is accomplished through rigorous training of very specific and detailed sword skills and the application of these skills in fencing.
The Benefits of Training Include
Physical Fitness; cardiovascular, flexibility, strength, agility, balance, speed.
Mental Fitness; awareness, alertness, and focus.
Social Fitness; camaraderie, courtesy, honor, and respect. Spiritual Fitness, peace, calmness, harmony, and tranquility of spirit, coming to understand “who I am as a person and what my life’s purpose is”.
Jung Shin Gumsool helps the practitioner gain power and strength for quickness and agility. It develops motor skill and martial arts skill. It teaches a moral and socially sound code of honor. It teaches to cope with dangerous situations in an orthodox manner. It improves concentration skills through use of the sword. It trains the mind to think calm and logical. It teaches how to problem solve and overcome challenges. It is a lifetime activity for practitioners.
The Jung Shin Gum Sool student follows the Tenants of the medieval knights of old kingdom Korea. The Koguryo warrior only wields the sword for honor and country and guides him/herself in battle observing the rules of; Cheung: Love for your country - Hew: Filial piety for ones parents - Yeah: Respect for elders - Liee: Honor and virtue - Shin: Justice.
As a Jung Shin Gum Sool student you will be part of a warrior linage that dates back to the 4th century. The Koguryo Gum Sool student follows the same philosophy of the ancient Old Kingdom knights of Korea: 1. Loyalty: A quality of being faithful to a cause, government, a person or duty. 2. Piety: Loyalty and devotion to parents and family. 3. Courtesy: Polite kindness and civility.4. Justice: Lawful, impartial and honest, qualities of being correct and right. 5. Faithfulness: A true believer, loyal truthful and sincere.6. Intelligence: Ability to gather information and respond quickly and intelligently,7. Virtue: Good moral qualities, the right actions, thinking, rectitude and morality. 8. Physical Soundness: The body is strong and agile.
Our system incorporates concepts of both Korean and Japanese school of swordsmanship. Incorporating Japanese, J. Kenjutsu - K. Kumsool (剣術), J. Battōjutsu - K. Kumboup (抜刀) , J. Iaijustu - K. Kuhapsool (居合術) principles. Ken Justu techniques can be compared to the strategies of warfare, while Batto-Jutsu can be compared to shooting range techniques. Battō-jutsu usually incorporates multiple cuts after drawing the sword. The emphasis of training in J. iaidō - K. Kuhapdo is on reaction to unknown situations, or reacting to sudden attack. Iaijutsu is the art of drawing the sword.
Training regimen commonly includes practice of battlefield techniques without opponent and techniques where two persons paired kata (featuring full contact strikes to the body with armor for more advance practitioners and no body contact strikes permitted for beginners). Historically schools incorporated sparring under a variety of conditions, from using solid wooden sword (J. bokutō - K. mokgeom) to use of bamboo sword (J. Shinai - K. Juk-To) and armor (J. Bogu - K. Hogu).
The Jung Shin Gum Sool Student Trains Not to Destroy Others, But to Develop the Self.