Kuk Sool Won is an amazing martial as it not only utilizes complex kicks, pressure point attacks, joint locks, hand strikes, and animal forms, but also weapons. As I have progressed in this martial art I have had the opportunity to train with this impressive weapon.
This style is greatly different to Japanese Kendo and Korean Gumdo, as it utilizes angles and body positions for armor cutting and killing strikes, rather than point-strikes. Most of the sword techniques in Kuk Sool Won are used for demonstration mostly and as kind of dance or "hyung" and not so much as a duel, like in the above mentioned arts.
The "hyung" is a series of connected moves that trains the body to maneuver with the sword and to maintain balance, speed, and agility. These types of forms common in most martial arts and are taught in every level in Kuk Sool Won, but once a weapon is used in a hyung is becomes quite difficult.
This hyung dates back thousands of years to the very origin of the Korean Sword. It demands the highest level of concentration from it's practitioners.
Juhng means straight
Guhm means sword
Hyung means form
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peter1892 (1681) 2007-01-30 17:32
This is good - the focus & tight DOF are effective, the B&W conversion is very effective & I like the way the hand is slightly cropped here, my eye seems to be focused on the act of 'gripping' around the handle.
triptych2003 (1534) 2007-01-30 19:07
fine detail on the hand and the grip of the sword. i'm not totally sure about the positioning though. i'm undecided as to whether all of the hand should be there, or if it's fine as is... if the hand is the subject of the photo, then i'd include all of it. but that's just me...
elihesamian (26127) 2007-02-03 7:52
a good info about the kind of sword you wrote that I love it(Yes!),
I think this is a good cropp and how nice you posted it in B&W,the strong idea here is the diagonal movment of the handle in the composition,well worked and hanks for posting it,
vagabondtravels (6505) 2007-02-12 22:52
Nice b&w. Good tones and dof. Sharp where it needs to be. It would have been nice had you not cropped off some of the fingers. But anyhow well done.
- Copyright: Jason Teale (Jason_teale) (717)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2007-01-25
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon 30D, 200mm canon 2.8 usm
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Martial Arts [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-01-30 16:18