Geomdo, gumdo, or Kumdo is a modern Korean martial art originating from Japanese Kendo. Though romanized in a number ways when written the meaning remains "the way of the
sword" and is cognate with the Japanese term. As a martial art, Kumdo has become accepted in Korean culture and society since its introduction from Japan to the degree that the term
"Kumdo" has, in recent history, become a generic label for other Korean martial arts based upon swordsmanship. As a result, caution should be exercised to avoid confusion among practices
espousing martial (IE. Haidong Gumdo, Hankumdo) rather than sporting and competitive goals.