What is Hapkido?

Hapkido is a Korean martial art. It is a form of self-defense that uses joint locks, pressure points, throws, kicks, and other strikes. Traditional Hapkido weapons include short stick, cane, rope, sword, and staff.

Hapkido employs the philosophy of using minimal force to overcome a stronger opponent. Therefore, great strength is not needed to apply the techniques effectively. Circular motion, non-resisting movements, and control of the opponent are emphasized over using strength against strength. Hapkido combines "soft" techniques similar to Aikido and Jujitsu with "hard" techniques such as Taekwondo and Tangsoodo. In addition to striking techniques, Hapkido emphasizes the use of nerves, pressure points, and joint manipulation. This combination makes Hapkido an extremely effective self defense skill.

Many of the traditional techniques have been modified for modern hand to hand, close range combat. Because of its practicality and effectiveness, Hapkido is widely used by law enforcements and the military.

Master Kim's Hapkido

Master Hye Kyoung Kim is a retired Major from the South Korean Special Force. He has infused his Hapkido style with his own combat experiences. This mix of traditional discipline with real world experience allowed Master Kim to effectively modify traditional techniques for the modern practitioners.

Learning Hapkido

9thDan.com is currently working with Master Kim to produce a series of Hapkido instructional videos. These are ideal for someone new to Hapkido and wants to learn more about the art as well as students who want to use them as supplemental study guide. We will be adding more videos as they become available.