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".