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Grand Master & Kummooyeh Founder Joung Bouk Soo

President & Founder Joung Bouk Soo 


  • President of World Kummooyeh Federation

  • President of Korea Haedongkumdo Association (대한민국해동검도협회)


President M. K. Kim 


  • President of USA Kummooyeh Federation

  • Founder and President of World Hanguk Tang Soo Do Federation

  • World Champion 1990

  • Korea World Champion 1989

  • 8th Dan in Tang Soo Do

  • 8th Dan in Kummooyeh

  • 8th Dan in Haedong Kumdo

  • 6th Dan in Tae Kwon Do

  • 5th Dan in Hap Ki Do

  • Certified DTS Krav Maga Instructor


KUMMOOYEH (검무예)  - Traditional Korean Sword Martial Art

The World Kummooyeh Federation, typically referred to as Kummoyeh, was founded in December 2008 by Grand Master Joung Bouk Soo.

The World Kummooyeh Federation is an association that completed a step-by-step training process to fit the traditional teachings suitable for modern times by restoring Kummooyeh based on the Muye Dobo Tongji and actual sword fighting.

The Muye Dobo Tongji (무예도보통지) is a Joseon Dynasty military martial arts manual published in 1790 that documents eighteen to twenty-four weapon systems.

Since ancient times, Korean people have respected swords because they believe that swords can prevent evil spirits and bad luck. Kummooyeh (sword martial arts), which has a long history and tradition, is a precious traditional martial art of the Korean people.

Kummooyeh uses swords known as Kum.  Technically, single-edged swords are called Do, and double-edged swords are classified as Kum. However, all blades can be called "Do" or "Kum" and are used interchangeably. All martial arts using swords can be called Kummooyeh.

Kummooyeh is based on loyalty, filial piety, respect and righteousness.  The Muye Dobo Tongji includes weapon systems such as Yedo (sharp sword), Ssangsoodo (long sword), Bongukkum (Korean sword), Jeadokkum (commander/admiral sword), SsangKum (double sword) and Deungpae (shield).  Kummooyeh is heavily influenced by the Yedo (sharp sword) system including Deungpae (shield), and Woldo (moon blade) systems and archery.

This is Kummooyeh.

History of Kummooyeh

The history of swords began with the history of humans.  Swords, spears, and bows have been used not only as tools for hunting and survival, but also as weapons for war to expand territory.

The shapes and functions of swords are different in each country and each country has its own style which is why the history of swords is the history of humans.

However, our ancestors did not use the sword as only a weapon of war. They also used sword training to develop and improve Loyalty (충,忠) , Filial Piety (효,孝), Respect (예,禮), Righteousness (의,義), and their character.  

The history of our Kummooyeh is the history of mankind, and it has been passed down along with the culture of the Baekje Kingdom (18 BC-668 AD) and the great spirit of General Gyebaek.


Purposes and Advantages of Kummooyeh


  • The sword was said to be the best among thousands of weapons.

  • Kummooyeh is a precious cultural heritage of the Korean people.

  • Focus on character education for teenagers with Kummooyeh training.

  • Contribute to form a fair society and discover excellent leaders.


  • It is a step-by-step training that does not deviate much from the principle of Kumdo and can keep interests and health in the modern age.

  • It is a family martial art that anyone can be easily trained in.

  • Meditation exercises that require a high degree of concentration promotes wellness.

  • It is the succession of a traditionally spiritual culture and heritage / spreading the spirit of our ancestors who know how to enjoy a progressive spirit and great spirits.

  • Teach respect and manners. The respect and manners are the most fundamental behavior to others.

  • Develop healthy emotions and educate young people with respect and manners.

  • Self defense


World Kummooyeh Federation Mission

  • Preserve the identity of Korean Kummooyeh by restoring the great spirit of Koreans and martial arts which are together 5,000 years old.

  • Inherit and develop the cultural values in Kummooyeh.

  • Reestablish the morality and norms of Kummooyeh and further develop the values, philosophy, and techniques of Kummooyeh to pass down and spread the traditional Kummooyeh of our ancestors.

  • Spread Kummooyeh to many countries abroad.

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