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What is HapKiDo

The Korean term ‘Hapkido’ is a combination of three words: HAP meaning “harmony or coordination”; KI meaning “path of discipline” or “art”. In short, Hapkido means the

“Art of Coordinated Power”. This coordination of power is manifested in two ways: first and most important is the harmony between mind and body. To be able to function most effectively in a combat situation, to have good judgment and the confidence to use self-defense when you need it, one must have total control of both mind and body.

Hapkido is primarily defensive in nature, but in can be used for offense if absolutely needed. Many of its techniques are based upon an opponent’s attack. It seeks not to overpower an attacker with strength, but with techniques that turn an attacker’s own force back on himself.

Both Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do originated in Korea, but Tae Kwon Do is a hard style, meaning that kicks and strikes follow a straight line. Hapkido, on the other hand, is a soft style, with circular, more deceptive strikes and kicks. It teaches throwing and joint-locking techniques, which Tae Kwon Do does not. Hapkido also takes longer to master, which is why there are many Tae Kwon Do schools but very few Hapkido schools.

Many Hapkido Federations and Associations are around the world today, and most have started by individuals who have created their own styles. Because this Martial Art is used primarily for self-defense, there are not a lot of rules and regulations for ‘legal’ techniques. Any technique that you need in ways to save your life is a ‘valid’ technique.