The Art of Hapkido

3 Principles of Hapkido

CIRCULAR MOTION

Circular Motion is one of the easier principles to explain. Basically when you are attacked in a straight line, instead of stopping the attack, you redirect it in a circular direction. When applied to self defence, using a circular release makes it impossible for your opponent to resist.

Circular motion also assists in both strikes and throws: with throws, it enables you to throw someone much larger with far smaller force. With strikes (e.g. a spinning kick) it increases the power through the greater distance the strike travels and the circular wind-up or whipping motion.

NON-RESISTANCE

Non-Resistance is a major characteristic in Hapkido. For example, in defending against a powerfully thrown punch the Hapkidoist would never step inside an opponent’s area of greatest momentum and use a hard block. Instead, the Hapkidoist would avoid a direct confrontation by parrying the punch with a soft circular block; this would divert the opponent’s power and allow you to counter-attack.

Another example is when an opponent grabs your wrist and pulls, instead of resisting by pulling away, a Hapkidoist would go with the opponent’s pull and use this added momentum with a circular release to escape. This also applies if an opponent pushes you, with a move you can divert their energy into a throw.

WATER THEORY

Water Theory can be broken down into several different aspects.

The first is the ability to flow around obstacles, like a stream around a rock; this is reflected in the Hapkidoist moving around an attack. Water dripping onto a rock can find weak points and through constant pressure flow into and through the rock, this shows how a Hapkidoist can attack an opponent and through a weak point enter the opponent’s defence to take control, or to damage.

Like the power of a wave crashing onto a beach, so too can a Hapkidoist focus their attack. This is also shown through the power of water when pushed through a pressure hose, this concentration can be focused into doing more damage to your opponent.

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Hapkido is a Complete Martial Art

Hapkido is a Korean martial art that uses mental focus and discipline to develop both your body and your mind. The principles and application of Hapkido make it the most complete system of self defence available and anyone can use it regardless of age, size, gender or fitness.

Hapkido suits everyone

Hapkido is a unique Martial Art – it integrates hand strikes, kicks, locking, throwing, weapons and internal development (meditation, breathing, internal energy, development). Hapkido’s diverse range of techniques are predominantly designed to be used for self defence.

THE BENEFITS OF TRAINING AT COMPLETE SELF DEFENCE ARE MANY AND INCLUDE:

  • Increased Fitness & Flexibility

  • Builds Confidence & Self EsteemProvides Stress Relief

  • Tones The Muscles

  • Discipline

  • Improved Concentration and Focus

  • Coordination

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