Sun Bae Instructor Shirly Sieh,  Instructor John Handyside and Master Bradley Tatnell
Sun Bae Instructor Shirly Sieh, Instructor John Handyside and Master Bradley Tatnell

Unique sword fighting class begins in Toowoomba

Sun Bae Kumdo has begun in Toowoomba offering students an opportunity to learn the ancient Korean art of sword. For centuries, sword fighting was practiced by Korean soldiers as a primary means of defence. In modern times Kumdo has evolved to become an art for mental and physical development.

The modern Sun Bae Kumdo practice is structured in a variety of ways including fundamentals, forms, combat drills and cutting of objects like bamboo and straw bundles. Beginners practice with blunt training swords and sheath to develop fundamentals. Advanced practitioners train with both training sword and sharpened blades for cutting practice.

Sun Bae Students have the ability to get a black belt in three different Korean styles. The Sun Bae Korean Martial Arts school opened in Toowoomba in 2017 offering Taekwondo and Hapkido classes and has grown in size and membership since it began. Sun Bae Instructor John Handyside has been involved in Martial Arts since he was 14 years old.

Having a teaching degree also helps him deliver tailored martial arts training to young and old with a variety of techniques to suit fitness and ability.

"Kumdo training focuses on smooth flowing movements, fostering a sense of calm, and yet we also practice the high speed, quick thinking sparring aspect, fully padded of course!" said Instructor John Handyside.

The Grand Master of the Sun Bae Korean Martial Arts School, Master Bradley Tatnell who is Taekwondo 8th Dan, but is also a Master in Hapkido and Kumdo.

"As a martial arts, Kumdo is very different to the mainstream style Taekwondo/Hapkido because it's very easy to learn for any age group. And for older students, flexibility and high levels of fitness are simply not required. These classes are very flexible for youngsters, because we have two categories of membership, as one is learning technical aspects and grading to blackbelt and the other, is more Sports orientated where the focus is simply on sparring alone." Said Master Tatnell.

Sun Bae Korean Martial Arts offers Taekwondo classes for children from 5-12 years and mixed teen and adult classes 3 times a week. Kumdo classes are on Saturday mornings and are open to all ages.

Visit www.sunbae.net/sword/sword-kumdo for information and to start a free trial.



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