Hapkido is a powerful form of self-defense used around the world by police and military. Learn effective Hapkido at Oom Yung Doe.

Origins or Hapkido

Hopkido is a modern martial art developed in 20th century Korea. It was strongly influenced by Aikido during the Japanese colonial period of Korea. Coincidentally, the characters used to write Hapkido are the same ones used to write Aikido. The Koreans simply use a different pronunciation.

Although Aikido and Hapkido are thought to share a common history, they differ significantly in philosophy, range of responses, and execution of techniques.

Characteristics of Hapkido

Hapkido draws on a large variety of martial arts. It employs joint locks, grappling and throwing techniques, as well as kicks, punches, and other striking attacks. There is also the use of traditional weapons, including sword, rope, short stick (dan bong), and middle-length staff (joong bong).

Hapkido includes both long-range and close-range techniques, jump kicks and percussive hand strikes at longer ranges and pressure point strikes, joint locks, or throws at closer fighting distances. Hapkido employs circular motion, redirection of force, and control of the opponent. Practitioners seek to gain advantage through footwork and body positioning to incorporate the use of leverage, avoiding the use of strength against strength.

Development of the practitioner’s chi (life force) is also stressed. Hapkido, which doesn’t have any forms, is usually considered a self-defense style rather than a martial sport.

Practice of Hapkido

Hapkido is a comprehensive martial arts system that focuses completely on effectiveness. Hapkido training is utilized around the world by people who work in dangerous or hostile environments such as police, prison guards, mental health support staff, secret service, body guards, security, and service members of various military organizations.

Hapkido uses a combination of powerful distraction strikes and nerve attacks with standing joint manipulation of the wrist, elbow, shoulder, and knee. If used properly it will protect you in even the most harrowing of attacks. Over the years Hapkido has subdued dangerous criminals, prevented abductions, and has stopped rapists in their tracks.

Hapkido does not rely on size or strength but on leverage. Through leverage a very small person can defeat somebody much bigger and stronger.

Hapkido at Oom Yung Doe

Oom Yung Doe teaches 8 complete martial arts as a single curriculum. This results in greater, more comprehensive development and richer self-defense skills. With Hapkido we teach a balance of both hard and soft movement. Our Students become adept at using their hands and feet to target joints, pressure points and nerves. They learn the proper range of motion for the human body and how to use that knowledge to incapacitate an opponent’s limbs with a minimum of pressure at the correct angles.

Hapkido is integral to our adult martial arts program, our teen martial arts program, and our children’s martial arts program.

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