Northwind Martial Arts LLC

Haidong Gumdo in Bemidji, Minnesota!

About The Posse

Northwind Martial Arts LLC maintains the Nerd Posse Haidong Gumdo blog to track our progress in the art of Haidong Gumdo.  We’re going to keep track of what we are working on, what challenges we’re doing and how we’re progressing.  Looking back on past posts will help us see our progress.  Tracking our future goals will help us stay motivated.

We started as a group of four nerds who trek into distant mountains on weekends to study Haidong Gumdo, the art of the Korean Sword, in hopes of starting our own club some day, and in hopes of improving ourselves as people and martial artists.

Now we are a new school in the Bemidji, MN area!  Our studies continue to evolve!  The exciting challenges of building a dojang community together with the ongoing trek in our studies of Haidong Gumdo have added to our adventure!


Master Burns (left) with Master Koivisto at the presentation of Northwind Martial Arts' school flag.
Master Burns (left) with Master Koivisto at the presentation of Northwind Martial Arts’ school flag.

Northwind Martial Arts’ instructor is Master Bruce Burns.

A previous student of traditional fencing under Master Ernest Kirally, Eyal  Yanilov’s Krav Maga, and Tae Kwon Do under Mr. Kiel Soon Park, Bruce Burns is a Master in the U.S.A. Haidong Gumdo Association.

Our school’s lineage in Haidong Gumdo:

  • Grand Master Kim, Jeong Ho (WHGF President)
  • Master Lee (WHGF Vice-president)
  • Master Kim, Jeong Woo (WHGF Director of Education)
  • Master Marshall Parnell (USA Senior Chief Master)
  • Master Robert Frankovich (Midwest Haidong Gumdo)
  • Master Justin Koivisto (Range Martial Arts)
  • Master Bruce Burns



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