Getting started in Hapkido: three crucial tips

Compared to some of the giants of the martial arts world like Karate or Kung Fu, Hapkido is not one of the best known martial arts. But like other often overlooked martial arts that’s not for any particular reason other than cultural awareness. If you’re interested in broadening your martial arts horizons so to speak, […]

The (mental) joys of Hapkido

In this blog I’ve spent a lot of time writing about the history of Hapkido and the factors that have gone into it such as the history of Korea, the philosophy of Hapkido and what makes it my favourite martial art. What I haven’t spent too much time writing about has been how the martial […]

Hapkido: Korea 101

It’s true of sport, food, language, clothing, art, and philosophy that they are heavily influenced by culture and can themselves heavily influence culture. Sometimes if one is travelling and has no point of access, so to say, on the culture one is visiting, it can feel strange, other worldly, and perhaps even ‘wrong’ to the […]

How to approach martial arts

From most of the people I’ve spoken to it appears there’s more or less two man ways of looking at martial arts. Some take it simply at face value, namely martial arts: using one’s body as a weapon. Fortunately, the majority of people who practise martial arts aren’t necessarily violent (and most martial arts even […]

Body, mind and spirit: why I do Hapkido

For a while now I’ve used this blog to talk about hapkido and explain it to people who may not know much about it. I’ve explained some of its basic tenets and why it’s endured the test of time (although it isn’t all that old) and why it’s been taken up by so many people […]

Why Hapkido is my favourite martial art

There are thousands of martial arts to choose from if one is considering a taking up a new sport. Japan has a rich tradition and legacy of martial arts, as does its larger and more ancient neighbour China, to say nothing of countries like Vietnam and the Philippines, which each have their own traditions.   […]

Top Martial Arts Competitions

For the devotee of martial arts there is much to admire and cherish, but it’s not always easy to find others who share one’s passions (not that there is necessarily anything unique about that situation). Unlike football which had FA Cup Finals, Champion League Finals, and of course World Cup, Euro Cup, Copa Libertadores and […]

The three principles of Hapkido

The Korean martial art of Hapkido isn’t as ancient as some of the martial arts that have influenced it such as Taekondo and Tang Soo Do from which it draws some of the ‘hard’ techniques like the primary attacks, or Aikido and Jujitsu, whence it developed many of the ‘soft’ techniques, such as the movements […]

Learn a new sport – Hapkido

Interested in learning a new sport but not sure which on? Why not consider Hapkido? While not the most well known of the martial arts this form comes from Korea. It isn’t the most ancient of martial arts, with its origins about one hundred years old, but it’s one of the most effective forms of […]

What is Hapkido ?

An overview: Hap: Union, Co-ordination Ki: Vital Energy Do: Way/Path This is the meaning of this Korean Martial Art well diversified in its basics principles. Hap Ki Do consists of circular movements including torsions (articular stimulus), kicks, punches, falls,mobilisations, locks and pressure points. These pressure points correspond to the meridian of internal organs. Weapons are […]