I’m up early for testing day, not fully rested, not fully ready, not completely confident.

But that is well…

Haidong Gumdo is a battlefield style that reaches back to outnumbered warriors for its roots and traditions.

It seems to me that this IS the tradition.  For the Eolgan-i, it is a day when the test came.  For the ancient swordsmen the armies were arrayed, the battle drew near.

In both cases it is time to put hesitation and doubt behind, time to bring what strength we have, what skill and determination, to bring who we are and lay it on the line, and heaven willing, to be found worthy.

This tension is electrifying.  It is good and right.  It is one of the reasons why I love and train in Haidong Gumdo!

-Sword Gimp