My name is Master Jerry Laurita, I am a 4th Degree Black Belt in Haidong Gumdo under the World Haidong Gumdo Federation in Korea and I have been training in Martial Arts for 36 years. 

The first time I saw Haidong Gumdo on video, I fell in love with it immediately! There was something pure and real about it. I knew Haidong Gumdo was the style of sword I was going to commit my life to learning. It had everything...great sword handling skills, cool ways to draw and re-sheath the sword, exciting and dynamic forms and the best cutting skills I have ever seen...PERIOD!!! 

Let Me Tell You About Myself

In 2008 my friend and I were asked to demonstrate at the opening ceremonies of the 2008 World Haidong Gumdo Championships in Korea. We were the First Americans ever to demonstrate at the World Championships in Korea. 

Even though we were chosen we still had our work cut out for us. All eyes would be on us and we needed to put together a demonstration that would make a statement because we were going to be performing in front of 5,000 Koreans, the President and Vice President of the Federation, all the other masters from around the world, our students and their families, my family and the Korean Press! 

After months of drilling, preparation and dry runs, it was time for us to put on a show. Our demonstration went exactly the way we practiced...flawlessly!!! What is funny is that we went from relative unknowns to instant celebrities within the Haidong Gumdo community and all the Korean students wanted to take their pictures with us. It was an amazing feeling...one that I will never forget. I also received an "Excellent Master" award from the Federation that year.

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