30 Facts About Hapkido


Hapkido employs both long-range and close-range fighting techniques, utilizing jumping kicks and percussive hand strikes at longer ranges, and pressure point strikes, joint locks, and throws at closer fighting distances.

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Hapkido emphasizes circular motion, redirection of force, and control of the opponent.

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Hapkido is rendered "" in the native Korean writing system known as hangul, the script used most widely in modern Korea.

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Hapkido asserted that it was he who first used the term 'hapkido' to refer to the art.

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Chang had the privilege and honor of being the first Hapkido master awarded the 9th Dan certificate by Choi in 1980.

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Hapkido currently teaches a small group in NYC dedicated to the preservation of Hapkido.

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Hapkido was promoted to 9th dan by Hapkido Founder, Choi, Yong Sool.

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Hapkido is an accomplished swordsman and created Chung Suk Kuhapdo after studying and investigating numerous sword styles in Japan and South Korea.

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Han Bong-Soo began his training in Hapkido after seeing a demonstration put on by the founder, Yong Sul Choi.

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Han was one of the world's foremost practitioners of Hapkido, and is referred to as the Father of his own offshoot of modern Hapkido in the Western World.

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Hapkido led a dedicated effort in the development of his own version of Hapkido.

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Hapkido taught thousands of loyal students throughout his life with many becoming masters themselves.

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Hapkido was not a direct high level student of Grandmaster Yong Sul Choi but created and crafted his own limited version from various other teachers that he expanded and taught throughout the world.

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Hapkido was one of the earlier students of Hapkido, and one source puts him as the eight original student of Choi Yong-Sool.

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The Korea Hapkido Association was formed with the assistance of Park Jong Kyu, who was the head of the Presidential Protective Forces and one of the most powerful men in Korea at the time.

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Hapkido has produced Several books and videos on the subject of hapkido self-defense.

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Hapkido has served as the director of Hapkido demonstrations for such dignitaries as Hubert H Humphrey and the Chancellor of the Republic of China, Mr Chang, during their visits to Seoul, Korea.

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Hapkido currently operates a Hapkido Center in Warren, New Jersey, and is a member of the Law Enforcement Officers Association New Jersey State.

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Hapkido has been instructing students for over 42 years in Hapkido.

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Hapkido started at the age of 17 training at Seung Moo Kwan School under Grandmaster Ji Han-Jae.

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Hapkido was a Hapkido instructor in the military camp of Wang Shim Ri.

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Hapkido began his martial arts training in 1954 under the direction of Choi Yong-Sool, and received the black belt from Choi in 1957.

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Hapkido is an eclectic, hybrid martial art, and different hapkido schools emphasize different techniques.

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Hapkido is fluid and does not rely on brute force against force.

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Hapkido seeks to be a fully comprehensive fighting style and as such tries to avoid narrow specialization in any particular type of technique or range of fighting.

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Hapkido makes use of pressure points known in Korean as hyeol which are used in traditional Asian medical practices such as acupuncture point.

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Hapkido emphasizes self-defense over sport fighting and as such employs the use of weapons, including environmental weapons of opportunity, in addition to empty hand techniques.

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Hapkido is well known for its use of a wide variety of wristlocks.

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Hapkido typically introduces this technique off a wrist-grabbing attack where the defender makes a circular movement with his hands to free himself from the opponent's grasp and applies a pronating wristlock while cutting down upon the elbow joint with their forearm, taking their opponent down to the ground, where an elbow lock is applied with one's hand or knee to immobilize the attacker in a pin.

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Hapkido is predominantly a "soft" art, but this does not mean that it is easier on the opponent, or that training is easier.

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