What is Hap Ki Do
HAPKIDO is a Korean Martial Art of Self-Defense. Hapkido is a system of using empty hands and weapons techniques. Students learn to defend against both armed and unarmed combatants.
The word Hapkido means “the way of coordinated power”. “Hap” means to coordinate. To harmonize. “Ki” means energy. Ki is the essence of life that is found in all living things. It connects us, both physically and intellectually, with the world around us. “Do”, means the way of life, or path that we follow to realize the harmonizing of that energy. Our Hapkido Journey!
The Jung Moo Hapkido Kwan (Pronounced: Choong Moo Gwan)
Jung Moo “Kwan” (group, school or family), of Hapkido is a dynamic, all encompassing, curriculum. It includes devastating strikes, kicks, joint-locks, and throws. It also uses pressure points, weapons, meditation practices and has a strong emphasis on character cultivation.
The Jung Moo Hapkido curriculum emphasizes circular motion, breathing techniques and non-resisting movements to gain control of the opponent. As a result, the Hapkidoin, (practitioner), seeks to use footwork and body positioning to break balance. leverage is used to avoid the use of strength against strength.
In the advanced levels, weapons training consists of knife training, short stick, walking cane, rope, long staff and sword. As a student, you learn to use these weapons so that they may learn to also defend against them. You also learn to defend against common weapons such as firearms, broken bottles, baseball bats, etc.….
Preferred by Law Enforcement & Special Operations
Many of the techniques and other aspects of the art, are taught to Law Enforcement and Military worldwide. This dynamic Martial Art has long been popular with various special operations military and police organizations throughout the world. It provides both lethal and non-lethal controlling techniques so that an individual can employ only the amount of force needed for the situation. It is a Martial Art that truly has something for all, regardless of age or ability.
The Science of Self-Defense
Hapkido is the study of the Physiological, Philosophical and Psychological aspects of Self-defense. From a philosophical standpoint, it also includes a strong ethical code that cultivates strong moral values. From a psychological standpoint, the training teaches us how to stay in control under stress and in crisis situations.
Not a Sport
Jung Moo Hapkido skills are used for the improvement and protection of yourself or your loved ones. What separates Hapkido from other martial arts, is the fact that it has no sport component. In a self-defense situation there are no judges, buzzers or whistles to stop the action. There is no point system for kick, strike sparring. There is no time out, or tap out for submissions. Hapkido is a Martial Art of combat. It is designed to stop an attacker quickly and efficiently. Even against multiple attackers if needed.