A style of Hapkido that focuses on
self defense for today’s society. Hapkido is a Korean martial art that uses
strikes, kicks, chokes, joint locks, sweeps, takedowns, throws, and pins to control an attacker.
Hapkido itself has always been an eclectic martial art in that it has combined techniques from Judo, Jujitsu, and
a set of kicks ranging in character from simple to complex variations and combinations.
Various Grandmasters have developed their own styles by adding techniques or modifying them to fit the type of defense
or offense required.
Modern Hapkido is the next step in this
evolution that seeks to adapt traditional techniques to fit the society we live in today. Modern Hapkido uses a selection
of traditional Hapkido techniques combined with weapons and empty hands techniques from other arts to provide a system that
is 100% Self Defense.
Modern Hapkido techniques are COMBAT PROVEN! These techniques have been used
to survive in close combat situations. Also, it has been taught throughout the theater of conflict to our Soldiers and
to the Iraqi forces. IT WORKS!!!
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Modern Hapkido is several
A philosophy, a way of thinking
about techniques and training...
will find that Modern Hapkido seeks to balance the traditional elements and newer innovative methods of Hapkido
for you. You will also learn additional effective concepts from other martial arts all with the goal of increasing your chances
in real life confrontations. You will gain knowledge of the history and techniques of traditional Hapkido.
Knowing your art's past history and trying to improve upon it, will allow you to avoid mistakes in the future.
- For example, we retain
selected breathing exercises and breath control techniques from traditional teaching of Hapkido that are vital to focusing
and conserving energy while at the same time eliminating certain high risk and outdated techniques that might get you hurt
in most real fights. We believe that yells and shouts are a part of both focusing force and distracting your adversary,
so we do not throw them away just because they do not fit with many contemporary instructors' views of what is easy to
sell or explain to new students.
- We encourage multiple strikes and kicks to soften up your opponent rather than relying only on joint
locks and throws as stand alone techniques. While we appreciate the symmetry of a beautifully executed throw or takedown,
sometimes what you need to do is hit him a few times before applying a throw or joint lock for a takedown.
- We have reviewed and modified weapons techniques
both on offense and defense to take account of advances in defensive tactics instruction and to reflect the wisdom and experience
of other cultures which have grown up with the stick and knife as part of their heritage. For example, frequently defenses
with a cane are demonstrated that resort to blocking with the non-weapon hand and then inserting a strike or lock with the
cane. This is contrary to the common sense logic of weapons based systems like the Filipino martial arts which would
direct you to hit with the weapon first (a tactic that you should find safer to implement). It is our belief that some traditional
Hapkido techniques were originally taught to warriors who had shields on their non-weapon hand, and now need to be updated.
- Without expecting you to
become an expert at several other arts as you train in Modern Hapkido, you can be taught to incorporate techniques such as
trapping as a part of your arsenal of offensive and defensive techniques and thus improve your Hapkido.
A set of techniques...
Comparisons with traditional Hapkido and "Combat"
- It is a complete
martial art that includes kicks, strikes, punches, joint locks, chokes, take downs, throws, ground fighting, and pins.It is
part of the Korean Martial Art, Hap Ki Do, that is often described as "The Art of Coordinated Power" because you
use your mind, body, and skill to defeat attackers who may be younger, larger, and stronger than you are.
An approach to self defense...
- You will train just as you would have to fight
or escape in the real world, using quick counter attacks for grabs, punches, and kicks aimed at you. All of these techniques
are 100% Self Defense. This style of Hapkido works for men and women.
Specific Actions you can take to defend yourself...
(1) How avoid/capture punches and kicks
|(9) Clothing Grabs, how to escape/use them|
(2) Fighting when on the ground - basics
|(10) Escapes from Bearhugs|
(3) Hand strikes and when to use them
|(11) Common Weapons for self defense
(Sticks, Knives, Canes)|
(4) Kicks and when to use them
|(12) Knife Attack Responses|
(5) Chokes, how you can escape/use them
|(13) Falls, and Rolls - How to Land Safely|
(6) Wrist/Arm Grabs, how to escape/use
|(14) How to set up for Handcuffing *|
(7) Hair pulls, how you can get away
|(15) Weapons Retention Techniques*|
(8) Joint locks, pressure
points, and throws
Advanced weapons training (Handgun, Shotgun, Rifle)**|
* LAW ENFORCEMENT,PUBLIC SAFETY, AND SECURITY OFFICERS **OPTIONAL COURSES FOR THOSE WHO ARE
Modern Hapkido is designed
for real life situations...
is a smart streetwise martial art that teaches tactics using the major principles of balance, speed, and leverage to overcome
an opponent's perhaps superior force.
Example below shows Vic Cushing escaping from a choke against a wall (being executed by Jim McElroy, one of his students).
He swings both arms are swung around striking the attacker's left arm, the attacker is slammed into the wall, hit in the
back of the head, and kneed on the tailbone.
Modern Hapkido is based
on three traditional principles...
If pushed, you will give way. If pulled, you go to the attacker. If punched at or kicked at, you will add some surprises of
- Circular motion; You
always endeavor to circle and spin your opponent to get him/her off balance. You block attacks with softer, more circular
motions than some of the harder sport style martial arts.
- Water principle; You strive to be like water; i.e. to flow around your opponent and to shift your
weight like waves splashing down on him/her. You will kick and punch as if you were shaking hot water off the end of your
limbs to build speed up in your counter attacks and to stay loose and flexible when you move.
Modern Hapkido includes some other ideas, too...
A. You do not need brute strength to win.
B. You do not need the muscle mass of some other martial
C. You do not have to be an Olympic athlete to win.
Modern Hapkido depends on skill, not strength!
On the street, the prize is being safe - not
a ribbon or some trophy from a sporting tournament. Of course it is always better to be strong rather than weak, but
we believe that good technique is more critical than brute strength.
Modern Hapkido can teach you to escape and control attackers:
1. You will learn at your own
2. You will be shown a variety of techniques.
3. You will choose what works best for you.
4. You will
practice these techniques often.
will learn how respond to actual threats with specific easy to learn techniques. You will learn to do whatever it takes
to physically control the subject (when you cannot use reason). The assailant on the street or campus who attacks another
individual doesn’t understand logic, and may not respond to verbal commands or reason, especially if impaired by alcohol
In those cases, you need to come
out of the confrontation alive and whole while controlling the subject so you can escape by using whatever level of force
you are entitled by law to use and you know how to apply. You will benefit from knowledge of Hapkido with its set of defensive
tactics and will know when they are justified in personal self defense situations.