Hapkido is a Korean 'martial art' whose name is often translated as "The way of coordinated power."
It is an extremely integrated art consisting of extensive joint locking techniques, dynamic kicking techniques,
strikes and punches similar to TaeKwonDo, and both hard & soft style blocking techniques. It is a compilation
of two different Korean martial arts - Yoo Sool (which comes from an Japanese art known as
Daito-Ryu Aiki-Jutsu), and the famous Korean kicking art of Taek-Kyon.
It is based on three principles: Yoo (Flowing, as in water), Won
(Circle Theory), and Hwa (Non-Resistance or Harmony).
Our goal is not to meet an opponents force with direct force, but to redirect it using a circular motion,
and then counter-attacking with a powerful circular combination of techniques.
It is an art which can be put into action from any distance; therefore, it is compatible to many other styles,
along with many personalities. Hapkido is a fairly "complete" martial art.
Practitioners gain many health benefits, both mental and physical from the training they receive in Hapkido.
Students are instructed in the history of Korean martial arts as well as the history of Hapkido itself. Techniques are taught using their Korean names to promote a little cultural awareness, and of course, the usual Korean customs and courtesies apply to all classes. Because of the nature of the techniques practiced, a great deal of stress is placed on acquiring the knowledge to be able to properly warm-up and condition the body to prevent accidental injuries. Acupressure is taught to higher ranking students as a means of promoting the healing process if an injury is sustained. Meditation and breathing techniques are taught beginning at the white-belt level, the benefits of which are numerous and are most effectively learned through practice. Methods of increasing your ability to utilize your internal energy or "Ki" are also learned right from the beginning, as this is one of the main practicable ideas that Hapkido gains it's strength and power from. Hapkido Hak-Saeng are also instructed in the use of several different weapons at the black belt level.
Training in Hapkido also helps to instill self-confidence and self-discipline, a calm self-assurance, and the psychological and spiritual values which are traditionally associated with the 'martial' character. Mental and physical well-being are of primary importance in Hapkido.