From July 30 to August 7, 2010, the World Hwa Rang Do Association held its 50th-anniversary celebration in Los Angeles. It included black-sash testing; a tournament that attracted practitioners from as far away as Italy and Eastern Europe. For many, the highlight of the 10-day event was Saturday’s banquet, which featured a demonstration of Hwa Rang Do grappling and Sword Fighting (Gumtoogi).
Gumtoogi is a ground breaking evolution in Eastern Sword Fighting Philosophy. Innovated by 8th Dan Grandmaster Taejoon Lee, this new application of Sword Fighting is the first in history to include leg strikes, completely changing the way two warriors face off against each other. Gumtoogi is also the only Sword Fighting System that matches competitors with different sword types against each other; from long swords, short swords, twin swords, and hundreds of other weapon combinations.
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