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THE 18 TECHNIQUES (MARTIAL ARTS)

Gonbong (long stick – also known as Jangbong)
Deungpae (shield)
Nangseon (multi-tipped spear)
Jangchang (long spear)
Dangpa (trident)
Ssangsudo (two-handed sword)
Gwonbeop (fist method – this is the unarmed component)
Jedokgeom (Admiral’s Sword)
Bongukgeom (Shilla Sword)
Yedo (sharp sword)
Ssanggeom (twin swords)
Woldo (crescent sword)
Hyeopdo (spear sword)
Waegeom (Japanese sword)
Gyojeon (sword combat)
Gichang (flag spear)
Pyeongon (flail)
Jukjangchang (long bamboo spear)

Note: the first 6 listed are those from the Muyejebo.

Typically a student will start training in empty handed methods (Gwonbeop) so that they can learn basic techniques and train their body in preparation for using weapons. This is the foundation for Sibpalki training. Gwonbeop was originally used as a basic training methodology and only ever used as a last resort in combat if the soldier’s weapon was lost and only for as long as necessary until he could regain a weapon. The student will also initially learn Gonbong (the long staff) as this is deemed the mother of all martial weapons and techniques, such that someone who is proficient in its use will be able to successfully use the many other weapons of Sibpalki.

 

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