Hapkido is the Korean Martial Art of Self Defence and has evolved over thousands of years. It originated through the introduction of Buddhism in Korea in 3 A.D and was developed generation to generation by Royal families of Korea and Japan as their secret self defence. The name means; HAP – circular harmony, KI – power or action, DO – way, execute; therefore – Circular Power Way.
Hapkido uses circular motion not to aggressively attack; rather to flow with the opponent; and to lead them to the advantage point where joint twists, hitting, kicking and throwing take control of the opponent’s actions toward submission or smashing techniques.
It is a very effective and practical means of self defence and the policy of AJS Self Defence is to only teach the techniques to adults and mature teens.
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