What is Hap Ki Do
HAPKIDO is a Korean Martial Art of Self-Defense. Hapkido is a system of using empty hand and weapons techniques to defend against both armed and unarmed combatants. It is a dynamic, all encompassing, Korean Martial Art that includes devastating strikes, kicks, joint-locks, throws, pressure points, weapons, meditation practices and character cultivation.
Hapkido, literally translated, means “the way of coordinated power”. “Hap” means to coordinate. To harmonize. “Ki” means energy. It is the essence of life that is found in all living things and 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!
In the advanced levels, Hapkido weapons training consists of knife training, short stick, walking cane, rope, long staff and sword. Hapkido students are trained to use and defend against these weapons and to also defend against common weapons such as firearms, broken bottles, baseball bats, etc….
Preferred by Law Enforcement & Special Operations
Today, many of the techniques and psychological aspects of Hapkido are taught to Law Enforcement and Military Personnel worldwide. Hapkido has long been popular with various special operations military and police organizations throughout the world because it provides both lethal and non-lethal controlling techniques so that an individual can employ only the amount of force needed for the situation.
In Korea, the Presidential bodyguards and the Seoul Police SWAT Teams all train in Hapkido. Hapkido emphasizes circular motion, breathing techniques and non-resisting movements to gain control of the opponent. Hapkido practitioners seek to use footwork and body positioning to employ leverage, avoiding the use of strength against strength.
The Science of Self-Defense
Hapkido is the study of the Physiological, Philosophical and Psychological aspects of Self-defense. From a philosophical standpoint, Hapkido also includes a strong ethical code that cultivates strong moral values. From a psychological standpoint, Hapkido training teaches us how to stay in control under stress and in crisis situations.
Not a Sport
HAPKIDO skills must only be used for the improvement and protection of oneself or 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, or time out, or tap out for submissions. Hapkido is a Martial Art of combat. Hapkido is a martial art that is designed to stop an attack as effectively and quickly as possible. Even against multiple attackers if needed.