What is Kuhapdo?

Kuhapdo is a Korean sword art related to the Japanese art of Iaido, where the practioner emphasizes control, grace and harmony. The art begins from a kneeling or sitting position and includes the proper way to draw the sword, strike or cut the enemy, and finally complete the movement by returning the sword to its sheath and returning to a peaceful sitting state.

Kuhapdo is not fencing. Rather the sword remains sheathed until it is necessary to be drawn.


Kuhapdo is offered by Black Eagle Martial Arts under the instruction of Grandmaster Son Young-Gul, possibly the only Master of this art in the US today. Classes are offered only to students aged 18 and older.