Haidong Gumdo is a Korean Sword art for students of all ages. Beginning students will start with a wooden sword and learn fundamental exercises and sword patterns, or forms, to develop concentration, physical fitness, and confidence. Advanced students begin to train in two-person sword drills designed to develop timing, distance, and impact. Blackbelt students begin training with real sword with sharp edge to practice cutting bamboo or straw mats. All Blackbelts are certified through the World Haidong Gumdo Federation in Korea.