Hapkido is a complete and smart system of Martial Arts that has been designed to defend yourselves and survive even if a bigger and stronger person attacks you.
As you can imagine, when it comes to physical confrontation, it can be very brutal and ugly. So, we teach you to redirect the energy and counter attack instead of blocking. As you get more advanced, we will teach you to clinch to control the opponent and control the situation to keep yourselves safe and get out of the situations.
In our system of Hapkido Combatives, we use short and long-range fighting techniques, that includes all kinds of pressure points striking, dynamic kicking, joint manipulation, joint locks, throwing and ground fighting.
If you ever need to use the skill to defend yourselves in physical confrontations, Hapkido gives you options to just be safe and escape from the situation, defend and control or defend and destroy (if your life is in danger).
It is not pattern based Martial Arts, but it teaches students many different scenarios and how to deal with them.
The three principles of Hapkido are:
Non-resistance, flow like water and circular motions. It also teaches you how to use the opponent’s power against them by redirecting the energy and counter-attacking rather than blocking.