Hapkido - 합기도
Hapkido is a dynamic and very complete Korean Martial Art...
This martial art can be described as a hybrid, physical and energetic art, where brute force is not a primary requirement and where the movement of one's own body (kinetic chains), breathing and reaction speed when carrying out the different techniques are important.
It is also an internal or soft system, although its training is very vigorous and demanding. With hapkido, in turn, the energetic development of the individual and the formation of him as a person are sought.
When talking about Hapkido, we usually talk about two tendencies: one hard and linear, and another more circular and fluid. Its founder, Master Choi Young Sool, was born in 1904 and passed away in 1986.
The Hapkido promoted by the IHF HKD, is a Hapkido that is direct, but also circular and fluid. We are not moving away from hard and linear techniques at all, but we focus a lot on circular work which we think offers a greater development of the technique, as well as the person.
Hapkido is a heterogeneous and hybrid discipline, since it is composed, in its origins, of various fighting methods. For this reason it is why some Masters focus the art towards some of their certain techniques, while others do it towards others. From the technical-tactical point of view, it is observed that this martial art has a clear influence from the Japanese daitō-ryū aiki-jūjutsu (also the father of aikido), Judo and kung-fu (or wushu) originating in China, in its chin-na section (joint dislocations, retentions, impingement). On the other hand, the influence of sam rang do tek gi is observed in the projection techniques of ki energy and Taoist meditation, as well as the Korean art of taekkyon in the different kicking techniques..