Hapkido is a Korean martial art that combines kicks, strikes, throwing, joint locks, and grappling into a single self-defense discipline. The name Hapkido (or 합기도 in hangul) literally translates to “joining-energy-way,” or more stylistically as “the way of coordinating energy or spirit.” It is regarded as an intersection of mind, body, and spirit, using only an appropriate amount of force.
Hapkido is meant to be a complete fighting style, with techniques borrowed from a number of older disciplines. At its core, however, is the notion of self-defense. Rather than focusing on brute force to counter an opponent, Hapkido emphasizes the diversion and redirection of an attacker’s power. In this regard, Hapkido utilizes mind over strength and size. Whereas Taekwondo emphasizes kicks and strikes, Hapkido incorporates throws, joint locks, and other techniques such as breakfalls and submissions into the art. Because of this, we believe that Taekwondo and Hapkido can be learned in conjunction with one another as complementing disciplines.
The History of Hapkido is subject to a number of contrasting accounts. At its core, Hapkido can be traced back to Choi Yong Sul and his eventual student, Ji Han Jae. Choi originally studied martial arts while living in Japan in the early 20th century, and brought the teachings of Daitô-ryû Aiki-jûjutsu to the Korean peninsula. Ji Han Jae later incorporated the Korean techniques of kicks and punches into Choi’s curriculum, helping to develop the martial art into the Hapkido that we recognize today.
MUSA’s Hapkido Program is currently separated into Adult and Youth classes. Classes meet three times per week (click here to view our schedule), and each class runs approximately 45 minutes long. Potential students are welcome to stop by our gym to view a class and learn more information!