Hapkido is a Korean martial art of self-defense. Hapkido means the “Way of Coordinated Power” and incorporates aspects of self-defense skills such as joint locks, pressure points, throws, kicks, hand, knee, elbow and head strikes. Hapkido training includes traditional weapons like short stick, middle stick, long pole, cane, belt, rope, knife, sword, and fan. Master level weapons training can include, stone, coin and knife throwing. Some Hapkido systems have more exotic weapons like spear and broad sword.
The philosophy of Hapkido is to use minimal force to overcome a more powerful opponent. Great strength is not needed to apply the techniques of Hapkido effectively. Hapkido uses circular motion, non-resisting movements, and control of the opponent instead of strength against strength. Hapkido is often described as a blend of martial arts because it combines “soft” techniques similar to Aikido and Jujitsu with “hard” techniques such as Taekwondo and Tangsoodo. Hapkido is a self-defense art that is popular with elite military and police units. Traditional techniques of Hapkido are effective even in our modern times. Hapkido’s effectiveness for military hand to hand and close range combat is why it is widely used by law enforcement and military units. Hapkido striking techniques are more destructive and effective than many other arts because Hapkido emphasizes the use of vital points, pressure points, and joint manipulation. This makes Hapkido extremely effective and the most scientifically advanced martial art.
As a Veteran and Bodyguard I have also used Hapkido to defend my life and the lives of others. My teaching has been influenced by my own combat experiences. This mix of traditional discipline with real world experience allows me speak from experience on the effectiveness of Hapkido. Not just from theory. I invite anyone interested in learning Hapkido to train at any of our World Hapkido Union’s schools listed at www.Facebook.com/hapkidoselfdefenseschools.
About the Author: Gary Pointer is a Grand Master in multiple disciplines of Korean and Japanese military arts. He is the co-host of the “World Martial Arts Radio Show” and a member of the World Hapkido Union Western Hemisphere Board of Advisors. Follow us at https://www.facebook.com/WorldHapkidoUnion