Hapkido is a dynamic Korean martial art with origins in the Japanese art of Daito Ryu Aiki-jujutsu. It is a modern, eclectic self-defense art that includes striking (punches, kicks, elbow and knee strikes), joint locks and breaks, throws, and ground fighting.
Because throws and takedowns are ubiquitous in Hapkido, there is a lot of emphasis placed on learning to fall without injury. Nak bop or breakfalls are trained in almost every session.
Hapkido teaches defenses against every conceivable type of grab or choke, defenses against kicks and punches, and offensive attacks. Hapkido also teaches weapons techniques, with an emphasis on practical modern weapons such as the short stick, knife, belt, cane, and staff.
Hapkido also focuses on pressure point strikes, and includes a wide array of low and high kicks.
It is a fascinating, comprehensive martial art. Students learn basic defending and attacking techniques that can be mastered quickly. At the same time the art is diverse and broad enough to provide a lifetime’s worth of training material.
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