What is Haedong Gumdo?
Haedong refers to the East Sea (Sea of Japan). Kumdo refers to the Way of the Sword. Hangook (Korea) Haedong Kumdo, therefore, explicitly denotes sword forms that are of Korean origin. The main difference between kendo and kumdo is that kendo style swordsmanship is more suited for one on one duels practicing with bamboo swords while standing face to face, while kumdo is more like kenjutsu and Iaido, which are meant for combat swordsmanship to fight off multiple opponents practicing with more realistic swords in order to perfect control of the sword in all types of real combat situations.