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Hapkido, the way of harmony

Hapkido Hapkido, the way of harmony

Hapkido is a Korean martial art. The name literally means “joining-energy-way” and conceptually is translated as “The way of coordinated power” or “the way of harmony”.

The path of hapkido is an exciting and enjoyable one, rich in culture and tradition. The numerous techniques in hapkido are all based on a few natural laws, timing, correct movement and sensitivity to directional force. New students will start to discover that there are many theories and principles in hapkido at all levels. Practicing hapkido teaches one to coordinate and unify the mind and body so that one can function unaffected by an outside influence. The movements are designed to keep a physical attack from interfering with this unified state.

Although hapkido is a relatively recent innovation within the world of martial arts, it is heir to a rich culture and philosophical background. Hapkido was created in Korea in the 1950’s by Choi Young Sul Doju (1904-1986). Before creating hapkido, Choi Young Sul trained extensively in Japanese daitoryu aikijujutsu.

Hapkido is not only a system of self-defense; it is also a means of self-cultivation and improvement. Since hapkido stresses harmony and non-violence, there are no competitions or tournaments. Instead, all hapkido techniques are learned cooperatively at a pace commensurate with the abilities of each student. The techniques of hapkido depend not on physical strength, but on circular motions that blend with the energy of the attacker

Film: Introduction in the world of Global Hapkido