by Saad Iftikhar
Hi, my name is Saad,
I live in Pakistan. I am a red belt in taekwondo. I want to ask that are there any weapons used in taekwondo?
My taekwondo doesn't teach us to use weapons.
There are traditional weaponry arts, for example, Kumdo which is a Sword Fighting style. It is not exactly taekwondo but a "Korean" weapon martial art style. It is taught and used for demonstration and competition as a form/poomse/pattern and sparring with protective gear in a safe environment.
The ancient discipline of Kumdo was very serious as it was how the Korean sword fighting warriors prepared for battle to save there families, home and country. The practice of Kumdo encompasses meditation, basics, patterns and cutting practice. It is a strong displine with deep roots in the original philosophy.
As a red belt I suspect part of your syllabus will start to include defence against weapons in addition to basic self defence technique. Also, as your artistry develops in your practice, you will become more creative in considering weapon use. Some examples of nontraditional weapons to be used in self defence are environmental objects, your belt and psychological strategies.
Good luck on your taekwondo journey!
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