Monday, 16 December 2013


Motivation- To move your body, you must first move your mind. To move your mind, you must be energised by an internal or external stimulus. This mental spark or powerful stimulus is known as motivation.

Question; "So you want to be a Hapkido Black Belt??"

1 "Well, start training like one!" Its that simple. Train hard - "SWEAT"

2 Don't become complacent - always look ahead. Set a goal and go for it."All know the way; few actually walk it."

3 Become self correcting - Not critical of ourselves, just correcting. Check your stances, check your form, how you kick and punch etc

4 Visualise - Imagine yourself doing the techniques and performing well. You can do this any time.(lying in bed, walking,in the shower etc)

5 Train for the journey - it has no end! Enjoy and learn.After all a black belt is only the beginning,just the basics.You have a lifetime of learning ahead.

6 Slow down.Never sacrifice technique for speed otherwise you are just learning poor technique!!

7 Observe - Watch and evaluate.Look at the black belts. Emulate them - how they move, breath, their demeanour and posture .Choose a model and visualise yourself performing just like them.

8 Be positive - commit to short and long term goals and re-set them constantly.Use positive self talk.

9 Learn - It is a school/art after all. We are all students. Open yourself to learning.Those who have trained in other martial arts, empty your cup.

10 Commit to the traditions of your martial art. - True martial artists do this.They "become a model of the product of Hapkido" Commit to the beliefs and rules. This will ensure all the benefits achieved through training e.g self discipline, confidence, co-ordination etc will be passed on into your everyday life. Read your student handbook.

11 Realise that there is no competition - only with yourself

12 Try - If only some people would put their minds forward and try. Tell yourself you can. Never say I can't but ask yourself "can I?" Can I stands for, "Constant and never ending improvement" Give yourself a break and stop using the negative words like "I can't" and substitute it for "can I?"

13 Persistence beats resistance - Remember that your training is a journey. Its not how we walk in through the door but how we walk out every time that matters. Train harder, push yourself every time you train and reap the benefits in and out of the Dojang. Just like anything in life if you work through things one step at a time and continue to learn and persist, you are surely to succeed eventually.

14 Failure is the predecessor to success - Without first failing, we cannot succeed. Never accept failure as failure. Never!  See it as a stepping stone on the road to success and failure will become a part of the process of growing up and finding a way to perfection. Overcoming failure, learning from mistakes, will give you the inner strength needed to improve,sustain and master technique.

Monday, 18 November 2013

What is Hapkido?

Hapkido is a dynamic and also eclectic Korean martial art. It is a form of self-defense that employs joint locks, techniques of other martial arts, as well as kicks, punches, and other striking attacks. There is also the use of traditional weapons, including a sword, rope, nunchaku, cane, short stick, and staff (gun, bō) which vary in emphasis depending on the particular tradition examined. Hapkido contains both long and close range fighting techniques, utilizing jumping kicks and percussive hand strikes at longer ranges and pressure point strikes, joint locks, or throws at closer fighting distances. Hapkido emphasizes circular motion, non-resisting movements, and control of the opponent. Practitioners seek to gain advantage through footwork and body positioning to employ leverage, avoiding the use of strength against strength.

Saturday, 2 November 2013


Hap means coordinated or joining.
Ki describes internal energy, spirit, strength, or power.
Do means way or art.
Literally translated it means "joining-energy-way".

It is most often translated as "the way of coordinating energy", or "the way of coordinated power" or "the way of harmony".

Monday, 28 October 2013

Hapkido for Survival

My teacher, Grand Master Bermas Kim taught me this many years ago:
The Korean martial art, Hapkido, started 2500 years ago. Hapkido was developed inside the Kingdom to protect the King.
Korean culture is 5000 years old. Korea has many different martial arts, but only two are well known, Hapkido and Taekwondo.
There are 3600 techniques in Hapkido. Our schools teach about 1500 of these techniques.
Hapkido is used worldwide by government agencies, military Special Forces and law enforcement agencies.
Hapkido teaches that you must have only one thing in your mind when in a situation where defending yourself is imminent; protect yourself.
Hapkido techniques are for individuals for survival.
Hapkido uses internal power plus external power combined to create more powerful techniques.
Hap means collect.
Ki means power.
Su means technique.
Do means way.
Ancient Hapkido was sometimes known as Hapkisu, but is now known by this translation; the way (do) of coordinated (hap) power (ki).
Hapkido is not about sparring or being in a competition with an opponent. Hapkido is knowing a secret technique to allow you to quickly overcome your opponent. If my opponent is bigger, I am too small for competition. If my opponent is younger, I am too old for competition. So I want to make it simple for myself.
This is what makes Hapkido unique. We don’t need patterns or fancy stances etc. Our Hapkido doesn’t practice patterns. We simply practice, one at a time, over and over, our techniques to improve our skill level. Always improving our ability to protect ourselves, to survive.
We don’t want big egos, we don’t want to show off, we don’t use our art to make trouble. We just practice every day to be able to protect ourselves, our family and our friends.
Many people misunderstand this and teach fighting, we don’t want that. We just practice Hapkido for ourselves.
Hapkido teaches attacking techniques such as striking, kicking, throwing etc. This is because sometimes direct attack is the best form of defence.
Hapkido is not just blocking, hitting and locking, sometimes direct attack, i.e. striking or kicking, is needed. Attack first.
We don’t want to go to the ground either, so we have to attack first. To protect ourselves.
Hapkido is a form of study, not just physical training.
Hapkido has a locking system too. This means if you are smaller, or not as strong as your attacker, you can break their arm easily, once the correct angles have been studied and practiced.
We study pressure points to break our attacker’s power. If our attackers grip is too strong we use pressure point techniques to allow us to gain control as it weakens the attackers hold.
We also study how to use our opponent’s power against them. We don’t meet force with force, instead we evade and deflect and allow their energy to flow. We then direct that energy where we can use it to our advantage, for locking, striking, throwing etc.
Hapkido is not difficult to learn, in fact it is very easy. The key to this is constant practice. Don’t try to remember everything you learn. Instead practice over and over again until the technique becomes a body habit.

That is why basics are so important. A baby can’t run before it can crawl. So you have to learn the basics first. Don’t be in too much of a hurry to get to the advanced techniques.
This forms the basis for our teaching at Hapkido Brisbane, &

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Hapkido Brisbane Mission Statement

Hapkido Brisbane Mission Statement
Hapkido Brisbane is committed to teaching the Korean arts of Hapkido and Kumdo the traditional martial arts way, with mutual respect and self discipline.
Our mission is to implement the philosophy, practices and syllabus of Grand Master Joon Bom Kim and his method of Hapkido.
We train in a disciplined but friendly environment, providing an equal opportunity for all ages and fitness levels to gain personal development as a Hapkido or Kumdo practitioner.