Understanding Hapkido Dynamics
Hapkido is a complete art of self defense. A Hapkidoist is able to handle virtually any situation and is able to apply the self discipline and confidence derived from the study of Hapkido to enhance the quality of their life and protect the lives of those they love. In Korean Hap means to co-ordinate or combine. Ki means technique and can be interpreted as inner strength or power. Do means the way. Therefore, Hapkido can be loosely translated as the way (art) of co-ordinated power. The practice of hapkido trains the students to relax and align their bodies so that the weight of the various parts are directed to a common center. Practicing hapkido teaches one to coordinate and unify the mind and body so that one can function unaffected by an outside influence. The movements are designed to keep a physical attack from interfering with this unified state.
Hapkido training functions on many levels. The new student soon discovers that it can take five to eight years just to understand the realm of hapkido and that it can take a lifetime to truly master the techniques. New students should not be discouraged by hapkido's complexity. The path of hapkido is an exciting and enjoyable one rich in culture and tradition.
The numerous techniques in hapkido are all based on a few natural laws, timing, correct movement and sensitivity to directional force.
Hapkido uses nerve and pressure point attacks, wrist and joint locks, and many twisting and throwing techniques. Approximately 270 categories of special movements incorporating 3400 techniques are included in the study of hapkido. The popularity of Hapkido is due to the fact that anyone, young or old, male or female can practice this complete art of self defense regardless of physical weight or strength. Health is improved through systematic training and exercise.
Development of muscles and muscle tone, correct posture, control of weight, a sense of self-confidence, self-control of both body and mind, and spiritual fulfillment are just some of the benefits of studying Hapkido.