What is Hap Ki Do?
Hap Ki Do is a dynamic Korean self-defense art that uses joint manipulation, pressure points, throws and kicks to divert an attack while including a variety of offensive techniques for use if necessary. The goal of Hap Ki Do is to control and contain a hostile situation by rendering the attacker incapable of further aggressive actions. Hap Ki Do focuses on using an opponent’s energy to divert their attack using circular motions with equal emphasis on hand and leg techniques. Unlike many other fighting styles, Hap Ki Do does not require excessive strength. The art focuses on techniques allowing students of any size or stature to defend themselves effectively in an antagonistic situation. Like Tae Kwon Do, Hap Ki Do is also an excellent path to enhanced mental well-being.
The Korea Hapkido Federation is the largest, wholly Hap Ki Do, governing body for the Korean martial art of hapkido in the world. It is made up of predominantly Korean born students and instructors or those individuals who have directly trained in South Korea. This organization is based in Seoul, South Korea and its president is Kim, Jong-Yun.
Ji Han Jae was the founder of the original Korea Hapkido Association (Dae Han Hapkido Hyub Hoe) in 1965. The first president of the Dae Han Hapkido Hyub Hoe was Park Jong-Kyu who was Head of Security Forces for the South Korean president. Later Kim Woo Joong, president of the Dae Woo company was elected president of the KHA. These political connections greatly increasing the association’s power and influence. The prime movers in this organization were members of Ji’s original ‘Sung Moo Kwan’.
The KHA later grew into the Republic of Korea Hapkido Association (Dae Han Min Gook Hyub Hoe) with the merging of Ji han Jae’s ‘Dae Han Hapkido Hyub Hoe’, Kim Moo-Hong’s ‘Han Gook Hapkido Hyub Hoe’ (Korean Hapkido Association)and Myung Jae Nam’s ‘Han Gook Hapki Hoe’ (Korean Hapki Association) in 1973. Choi Dae-Hoon was elected president of the association with Ji Han Jae serving as senior vice president.
By 1983 Oh, See Lim, with the political problems and many of the original founding members of the association departing (Ji Han Jae, Myung Jae Nam), renamed the association by the name first used by Ji, the Dae Han Hapkido Hyub Hoe, with a new preferred English rendering and the new Korea Hapkido Federation was born. On September 1, 2008, Oh, See Lim retired as President of the KHF and was succeeded by Kim, Jong-Youn. President Kim served as a policeman for over 33 years and was a Hapkido instructor for the police department. He is a direct student of Kim, Moo-Hong, founder of Sin Moo Kwan.
A list of people who were or are prominent members of the Korea Hapkido Federation.
- Holcombe Thomas—Korea Hapkido Federation certified 8th Dan – Springfield, VA, USA
- Hal Whalen—Korea Hapkido Federation certified 7th Dan – Boston, MA, USA
- Lee Sung-Soo—Korea Hapkido Federation Certified 9th Dan – Australia
- Shin, Hang Shik—Dae Han Hapkido Federation Certified 9th Dan – Atlanta, GA, USA
- Seo, Min Su—Dae Han Hapkido Federation Certified 7th Dan – Atlanta, GA, USA
- Myung Kwang-Sik—President of the World Hapkido Federation
What can Hap Ki Do do for you?
- Teaches practical self defense techniques
- Improves your balance, posture, flexibility and timing
- Increases your joint strength and muscle tone
- Enhances your self confidence
- Teaches you how to defend yourself
At what age can you take Hap Ki Do?
12 years old and up.
What can you expect?
Like any journey in life you must crawl before you can walk. You will start with very simple techniques that still require for you to dedicate time to understand since the principle of Hap Ki Do is understanding the body and how it works.
As you progress, in time you will be able to apply these techniques in a proper way so to defend yourself.
Participating in this journey is wonderful specially once you see the results.