About Hapkido

Hap Ki Do (Hapkido) originated in Korea over 2000 years ago as a system of training and self defence that is based on honour, self respect and care for others. It is suitable for people of all ages and backgrounds. Literally translated Hap Ki Do means way of harmonising Ki (energy).

Hap Ki Do (Hapkido) is a complete martial art with an extensive range of subjects including:

  • Kicking, punching, blocking.
  • Throwing, grappling, wrestling, (Yu- Sool)
  • Break falling
  • Joint locking, twisting and manipulation
  • Pressure point techniques
  • Weapons training, including sword, long stick, short stick, bamboo sword and belt. (For senior students only)

Hap Ki Do movements are circular and flowing rather than rigid and linear. As Hap Ki Do practitioners develop a greater understanding of the important Hap Ki Do principle of Ryu Wan Hwa (water principle), they learn to understand, accept and control the natural flow of an opponent’s energy and use it to their advantage, rather than relying on power and strength to overpower an opponent.

This amazing principle of Ryu Wan Hwa, requires that all physical skills taught in Hap Ki Do are combined with philosophical principles. So it follows that Hap Ki Do is not only an ideal way to develop and maintain physical fitness but it also builds self- confidence and strength of character. Hap Ki Do practitioners commonly report that they feel calmer and more balanced as they deal with the challenges of everyday life.

As Hap Ki Do practitioners continue to develop following the principals of Ryu Wan Hwa, they naturally emerge as leaders in their professions and their communities, conducting their lives with honour and dignity. They inspire those around them to contribute to creating and maintaining healthy and peaceful environments.

As you train in Hapkido, you can develop persistence, endurance and confidence and you can begin to understand the very important principle of Ryu Wan Hwa.

— Grand Master Hur Nan Kimm Yong-Sup

Click here to hear /what Black Belt Instructor Andrew Bruun says about Hap Ki Do.