Hapkido Shrouded in Secrecy
Hapkido’s development through the years is, unfortunately, uncronicled due to the shroud of secrecy placed on it in order for Korean Martial Arts to survive the years of foreign army occupation.
It was only after World War II that Hapkido instruction became available to the person in the street. Until that time, only selected Buddhist Monks and members of nobility were allowed to learn its powerful techniques.
Hapkido is a combination of three characters – “Hap” meaning harmony or combination, “Ki” meaning power (internal energy of the body) and “Do” meaning the way. In short, Hapkido means the art of power coordination. This coordination of power is shown in two ways – first and most important is the harmony between mind and body.
The second concept of harmony deals with the coordination of an attack or defence. A person might know how to save him or herself from a knife attack, but if that person allows too much fear to affect the physical movement in such a way that the person becomes clumsy, hurried, or even worse, frozen, then all the knowledge gained is in vain.
Hapkido uses kicking, punching, throwing, falling, joint locking, pressure point attacking and many hand-held weapons, such as the knife, sword, walking cane, fan and long and short sticks to name a few.
Hapkido training at Factor10 Martial Arts provides another extraordinary opportunity for members to participate in an authentic traditional Martial Art.