Blog Lesson: Hapkido Ki Finger Grip (Part 1)

6 03 2008

The Ki grip is a fundamental principle and technique of Hapkido. To fully understand the concept behind this one must understand the meaning of “ki” in Hapkido. There are abundant resources online and off that can offer detail explanation of “ki”. We will not devote too much time in this lesson to discuss “ki” in length. However, in the most simplistic sense, “ki” is the internal energy that one can develop through training and meditation over time. When applied properly, this internal energy can translate into incredible power.

Gripping is one among many skills that can be enhanced by applying this internal energy. Hand and wrist gripping are commonly used in Hapkido to control an opponent. A properly applied firm grip can greatly increase the successful execution of a technique.

We begin this lesson by showing the formation of the grip. Normally we grip with all five fingers. With Ki grip, the index finger is fully extended while the gripping is done with the other fingers, in an eagle claw like fashion. On the theoretical side, the extended finger helps facilitate better flow of “ki” energy; on the anatomical side, the extended finger tensions the surrounding muscles thus making the grip more rigid and more difficult to break.

When a firm grip is properly executed, one can inflict tremendous pain with various twisting techniques (as shown in the video). In the case of hand gripping, the gripping fingers are often used to attack pressure points which can numb and significantly weaken an opponent. We will discuss more on this topic in our follow up lesson next time.