What is Hapkido?
Hapkido is one of the Korean martial arts. Hapkido employs joint manipulations, locks, pressure points, throws, kicks, and strikes primarily for self-defense.
In the Korean language Hapkido translates literally as "joining-energy-way", but it is most often rendered as "the way of coordinating energy" or "the art of coordinated power."
The Hapkido practitioner learns to view an attacker as an "energy entity" rather than as a physical one. The bigger the person is, or the more energy a person has, the better it is for the Hapkido student.
Hapkido emphasizes circular motion, non-resistive movements, and control of the opponent. Hapkido practitioners learn to use and control their own Ki and the Ki of their attacker.
Hapkido contains both outfighting and infighting techniques. The focus of most situations is to get near for a close strike, lock, or throw. Hapkido practitioners seek to gain advantage through techniques, avoiding the use of strength against strength.
Different hapkido schools emphasize different techniques. However, some core techniques are found in each school, and all techniques should follow the three principles of Hapkido:
Martial Arts Scale
On the "hard-soft" scale of martial arts, Hapkido stands somewhere in the middle, employing "soft" techniques similar to Aikido and "hard" techniques reminiscent of Taekwondo. The "hard" techniques, emphasize circular rather than linear movements.
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