Hapkido, "the way of harmony", is a dynamic and modern martial art that has been employed for years in Korea and around the world by various military and police organisations due to its practical and effective nature. It is a form of self-defence that employs pressure joint locks, throws as well as kicks, punches and pressure point strikes.
The word Hapkido consists of three words from the Korean language.
The first word, « Hap » means to combine, coordinate, or make one. This combining or harmonizing is part of what makes Hapkido such a versatile and effective martial art. Hap refers to the ability to harmonize with an opponent's energy, momentum, weight, speed, strength, and angle of attack. Through effective timing, rhythm, body mechanics and movement, students learn to overcome a stronger opponent.
The second term, « Ki » identifies the power that pervades the universe. It is also defined as mind, spirit, heart, or breath depending upon the context in which it is used. Ki is a form of vital energy, representing the life force and a source of internal strength. Ki development through the unification of mind, body, and breath is an essential element of Hapkido.
The third word, « Do » means the way or the path. This term implies a journey or the pursuit of a particular lifestyle, philosophy, or discipline.
The form of Hapkido taught by the club is very well suited to both men and women. Students learn an effective method of self-defence with various kicks, strikes, locks and throws, as well as proper methods of falling and some acrobatics, which makes the practice of Hapkido very attractive and actually very fun.
The club follows a philosophy of mutual respect and care during training to guarantee a safe practice for all students. Tenets such as courtesy, humility, perseverance, self-discipline and self-control are promoted.