Hapkido is a martial art originated in Korea. The literal meaning of the name is
"The way of coordination and internal power."
Hapkido is a complete martial art in that it consists of: dynamic striking and kicking techniques very similar to Tae Kwon Do, both hard and soft style deflection techniques, throws, take-downs, ground-fighting, and extensive joint locking techniques.
Hapkido is the combination of two KoreanMartial Arts - Yool Sool which comes from the Japanese art known as Daito-Ryu Aiki-Jutsu and Tae Kyon which is an ancient Korean Kicking Skill that was widespread during the time of the Three Kingdoms.
One should always try to avoid violence, but if someone grabs you, attempts to strike you, or physically assaults you in anyway, it has escalated beyond words, and you are left with the only option which is to defend yourself.
Hapkido diverts or suppresses an attacker's flow of energy peacefully, this diversion allows one to use the attackers power against himself leading to the attackers defeat.
Through the use of pressure on certain skeletal joints and pressure points,very little strength is needed to overcome an opponent. Hapkido not only redirects the attack, but turns it back against the attacker and follows through with offensive techniques which may control his violence or render him incapable of further antagonistic actions. The Hapkido practitioner is in complete control of the confrontation, defusing the aggression without the need for uncontrolled damage.
The practice of Hapkido provides complete physical conditioning improving balance, posture, flexibility, timing, quickness,muscle tone, and joint strength, while building confidence through physical and mental discipline.
The aim of Hapkido is the welfare of the practitioner.
Not only will skills in self-defense be attained, but more importantly will be the focus on an individuals character development. A well rounded personality can be realized only if the spirit is right. Courtesy, Respect, Modesty, Loyalty, Generosity, and Dedication are not only the source, but also the rewards of Hapkido.