Hapkido Style at Taekwondo World
There are many styles of Hapkido and many associations or governing bodies of the various styles. Some boast of thousands of techniques and more than a 100 kinds of kicks. Some styles have created forms/patterns. Some emphasize high, jumping, aerobatic kicks and, equally aerobatic breakfalls. Others, more influenced by Judo and Aikido, emphasize throwing skills. Some have developed a strong sport aspect and engage competitively.
At Taekwondo World we teach a wholistic, "cross-platform" program which integrates specific Hapkido techniques with Traditional Taekwondo and Gumdo (Art of the Sword), and Kimoodo (the Art of Energy ... stylisticly like TaiChi ... a form of ChiGong).
Some characteristics of Hapkido
- Kicks are delivered to the mid and lower part of the body
- Aerobatic kicks are not taught
- Aerobatic throws are not required
- "Hard" blocks or static stances are not the standard
- Hapkido teaches the use of self defense tools: dan bong, cane, stick, and knife
- Teaches the practical components in Ground Fighting, Pressure Points, Firearms Disarming
- Breaking boards (and other materials) is taught
- Hapkido is practiced and self defense and is demonstrated, but not practiced competitively
- Hapkido is evolving