The Korean Martial Arts Academy
The Korean Martial Arts Academy
The Korean Martial Arts Academy
The Korean Martial Arts Academy




Hapkido is Korean for "the way of coordinated power".  Hapkido is derived from Daito-ryu-Aikijutsu, combined with a blend of Korean TaeKyeon.  Choi Young-Sool, the founder of Hapkido, brought Aikijujutsu from Japan to Korea in 1946 after World War II.  

Choi, Young-Sool taught a man named Ji, Han-Jae. Ji Han-Jae started his own school and added kicks and strikes from the art of TaeKyeon creating a new form of Hapkido.  Hapkido’s theory is found in circles, using the attacker’s momentum to render them off balance.






 Han means nation or country and Ki means life energy or inner power. The term Hanki therefore refers to the spirit of the Korean nation. Grandmaster Myung Jae Nam (1936-1999) a Master of Hapkido, developed Hankido a modified version of an older Korean martial art that emphasizes an easier learning curve and ease of application. Hankido, draws heavily on Hapkido’s circular motions and puts 'effortless self defense' to the extreme.  Hankido is primarily intended to be a defensive martial style. This is manifested in the four basic elements of courtesy, respect, right attitude and the understanding of one's own center. It is non-competitive and not combat oriented.

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