By Grand Master Dong Kyun Kim
There are many reasons for you to learn Hapkido at a self defense school or Dojang. It is a great self defense art that is safe and fun plus easy to learn. It is also a great form of exercise to improve your overall health and flexibility. Taking a Hapkido self defense martial arts class is also a great way to meet like minded people who share some of your interests in martial arts.
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If you visit the American Dragon Martial Arts Shool in Ocoee Florida, Conyers Georgia or San Saba Texas you will see first hand that Hapkido is a highly effective form of self protection. That is why it is the official system used by the US Secret Service, F.B.I., C.I.A. and D.E.A. agents. Simply translated Hapkido means the “Way of Coordinated Power”. Hapkido incorporates many aspects of self-defense skills such as joint locks, pressure points, throws, kicks, hand, knee, elbow and head strikes. Hapkido training includes traditional weapons like short stick, middle stick, long pole, cane, belt, rope, knife, sword, and fan. Master level weapons training can include, stone, coin and knife throwing. Some Hapkido systems have more exotic weapons like spear and broad sword.
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The philosophy of Hapkido is to use minimal force to overcome a more powerful opponent. Great strength is not needed to apply the techniques of Hapkido effectively. Hapkido uses circular motion, non-resisting movements, and control of the opponent instead of strength against strength. Hapkido is often described as a blend of martial arts because it combines “soft” techniques similar to Aikido and Jujitsu with “hard” techniques such as Taekwondo and Tangsoodo. Hapkido is considered an effective self defense art that has become popular with the elite military and police units. Traditional techniques of Hapkido are effective even in our modern times. Hapkido’s effectiveness for military hand to hand and close range combat is another reason that it is widely used by law enforcement and military units. Hapkido striking techniques are more destructive and effective than many other arts because Hapkido emphasizes the use of vital points, pressure points, and joint manipulation. This combination makes Hapkido an extremely effective self defense art and the most scientifically advanced martial art.
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As a Korean Marine Major and Commando Unit Leader I have also used TukongMuSool, and modern adaptation of Hapkido. My teaching has been influenced by my own combat experiences. This mix of traditional discipline with real world experience allows me speak from experience on the effectiveness of Hapkido. Not just from theory. I invite anyone interested in learning Hapkido to train at the American Dragon Martial Arts Academies in Ocoee Florida, Conyers Georgia and San Saba Texas. They have the only authentic and certified Hapkido program in their area. As the President of the Korean Hapkido Federation I am proud to say that the training program at the American Dragon Martial Arts Academies is approved and certified by our organization’s world headquarters in Korea.
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- Ocoee Florida Ph: 321-443-8077
- Orlando Florida (East) Ph: 407-923-5269
- Orlando Florida (West) Ph: 321-443-8077
- Windermere Florida Ph: 321-443-8077
- Conyers Georgia Ph: 917-929-0078
- San Saba Texas Ph: 325-372-4800
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