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Elite Martial Art O.C. - Yon Moo Kwan
 Physical & Mental Wellness Center

Sanctioned & Authorized by The Korean Sin Moo Hapkido Federation

President HWANG Deok-Kyu
대한 신무 합기도 협회

  The essence of martial art is the perfection of skill and development of character, victory and defeat are but by products of our pursuit to forge and develop our character and skills.
Mission Statement
“Excellence through uncompromising passion, quality, discipline, integrity, and execution”
Headquartered in Orange County, California
By appointment only
Greece Korean Sin Moo Hapkdio Federation A.G.S. Tzitzifiwn
A.G.S. Tzitzifiwn - Master Michael Paleologos, authorized representative of the Korean Sin Moo Hapkido Federation in Greece
A.G.S MARKOPOULO OROPOU - Instructor Kostas Kallis, Tel: 6937717612
SG TKD-HKD N. PSYHIKOU - Master Ioannis Armaos On FaceBook
A.G.S Analipsi - Instructor  Vasileios Giovanis
Athens Branch- Instructor Kostas Perreas
AGS MELISSION - Instructor Konstantinos Vourliotakis
AS Taekwondo-Hapkido Dynami Pallinis - Instructor Vasilis Sarabalos
Los Angeles Branch, Instructor KIM Young Don 
Elite Martial Art is dedicated to the preservation and application of traditional martial art in modern society. The foundations for martial art are applied to our modern needs for physical & mental fitness in a traditional manner through uncompromising quality of instruction while individually tailoring training curriculums to maximize and achieve your personal goals.
What We Offer
  • Uncompromising and unparalleled world class quality of instruction emphasizing quality over quantity with integrity, passion, and ethics
  • Application of traditional teaching methods uniquely tailored to fit modern needs
  •  Certification and recognition through the Korean New Martial Arts Hapkido Federation
  • A holistic approach to one’s well being, addressing physical, mental, and philosophical needs
  • Specialized programs tailored to fit individual needs
    • Physical & mental fitness
    • Weight loss and control
    • Specialized self defense and awareness programs
    • Stretching, meditation, and relaxation techniques with focus on working professionals as well as anyone seeking stress & time management solutions
    • Individualized traditional martial art instruction
    • Unparalleled in depth instruction available for the most serious and elite students
  • In the spirit of continuing to spread traditional Hapkido, Elite Martial Art will conduct seminars worldwide to provide specialized intensive instruction
  • We are not a “belt” factory
Individualized Services
Personalized private to semi private (maximum of 3) lessons tailored to meet individual needs.

Hapkido Ranking & Certification
Ranking and certifications for Hapkido are governed by the Korean New Martial Arts Hapkido Federation (the "Federation").  Elite Martial Art O.C. upholds the highest integrity in testing, ranking, and certification through the Federation.  The Federation, based in Seoul, Korea, is officially recognized as a governing body of Hapkido and is headed by Chairman Hwang Deok-Kyu, one of the original pioneers of modern Hapkido.  

Chairman Hwang Deok-Kyu was the first president elect of the Korean Hapkido Association in January 1990 (대한 합기도 협회 설립 초대 회장 취임).  The Chairman later changed this governing body to become the Korean New Martial Arts Hapkido Federation in January of 2002 (사단법인 대한 신무 합기도 협회 변경 설립, 초대 회장 취임).  Elite Martial Art O.C. is member school sanctioned and authorized by the Korean New Martial Arts Hapkido Federation and a U.S. representative of the Federation.  Our mission is to ensure that the techniques of traditional Hapkido are passed on to future generations consistently and completely.  To that extent, member schools are expected to teach the same core of techniques.  Individual school training methods may vary and while diversity and innovation are not only essential but welcomed, all member schools are expected to adhere to a standard core set of techniques.  The benefits of standardization include allowing students to continue training at any affiliated schools, higher quality and consistency in both students and instructors, as well as consistency in testing and promotion.  Ranking and certification is based on knowledge and execution of techniques as well as time in grade.
Chairman Hwang's Hakido Career
1957        Sept.              Entrance to Seongmukwan Hapkido

1962        January          Instructor of Seongmukwan Hapkido

1962        February        Instructor of Hapkido for Military Academy

1968        February        Judge of Hapkido for Presidential Security Office(Holding until June 30, 1980)

1970        February        Chief of Training Institute & Chief Judge Daehan Hapkido Association

1976        December      Executive Director of Korean Hapkido Association

1978        May                Chief Organizer of Korean Hapkido Association

1979        March             Chief Judge of Korean Hapkido Association

1985        January          Chief Organizer of Saemaeul Hapkido in Saemaeul Central Headquarter

1985        June               Chief Judge of Saemaeul Hapkido

1990        January          Assumption of The First Founder for Korean Hapkido Association

1990        December      Seminar L.A. Hapkido in America

1991        January          Lecturing Seminar invited by World Hapkido Federation of L.A. in America

1991        October          Seminar & Hapkido Exhibition of The World Military Arts Meeting at Madison
                                          Square Garden Stadium in New York

1996        April to Sept.  Leadership during 4 rounds invited by Minister of Foreign Affairs In Brunei

1997        March            Participate at the foundation meeting of military arts federation for world peace
                                          (Washington).  The first executive director of the military arts federation for the world peace

1997        May               Seminar & Hapkido exhibition invited by Russian Hapkido Federation

2001        Sept. 20        Leadership for training instructor & seminar of American and Canadian Hapkido

2002        January        Assumption of the first chairman and established and changed Daehan Hapkido Association
                                       to the Korean New Martial Arts Hapkido Federation

1971 Korea Hapkido Assoc. Special Masters Seminar                                                                                                            
Founder Ji Center, Chairman Hwang Center right,                                Chairman Hwang with Founder Ji Han Jae (도주 지한재) at
late GM Myung Kwang Sik (고 명광식 총재)                                                        
Sun Moon University 2010

Korea Hapkido Association Special Masters Seminar 1971 Founder Ji center, Chairman Hwang right center, GM Myung          Chairman Hwang with Founder Ji Han Jae at Sun Moon University May 2010
Chairman Hwang demonstrating at the                                                  Chairman Hwang and Federation Masters, General Secretary 
Korean Blue House in 1969                                                                        Ryu Dong Hun (사무 처장님 류동헌)
Chairman Hwang demonstrating at the Korea Blue House 1969          Chairman Hwang with Federation Masters, General Secretary Ryu Dong Hun Center Righ
A young Chairman Hwang (back row-circled) in 1959 with
Founder Choi Yong Sul (고 최용술 도주) & young Master                   Chairman Hwang at Special Seminar May 2010
Ji Han Jae (지한재 관장) center left                                                                                 Dae Rim University
1959 Young GM Hwang with Founder Choi Yong Sul and Young Master Ji Han Jae        Chairman Hwang at Special Seminar May 2010 Dae Rim University
Recognition through an officially sanctioned organization is highly desirable but also requires a higher standard to be upheld.  The stringent requirements uphold the spirit of integrity, respect, and honor of Hapkido, our masters, and ultimately, of ourselves.  Please contact Grandmaster Hahn for any questions on membership, ranking and certification.

Hapkido Curriculum

Hapkido techniques can be generally classified into three main categories 

The three main categories consist of seven areas which cover the spectrum of physical techniques. Most martial arts focus on one or two areas, e.g., striking and kicking, throwing, joint locking. Hapkido is an eclectic system that is one of the most difficult systems to learn, let alone, master, because it covers the full spectrum of physical techniques from distance (long, short) to position (standing, ground work). The system contains over 3,800 individual techniques that when combined, increase exponentially. Techniques range from empty hand to weapons, meditation, and philosophical training. Most people are not in a position with the desire and opportunity to fully learn this system. This can be easily likened to obtaining a Ph. D. The need and desire to become a Ph. D. are few.

Other systems have imitated and copied these techniques to reflect the latest trends and fads, but the true test of many things in life is the test of time. While trends and fads have come and gone, these traditional techniques have been taught as they were 50 years ago. A good example would be the basic skills learned in school, in any subject. Those principles have stood the test of time and are still taught, and will continue to be taught. However, application of theory should, and must, change over time, to reflect the current environment.


Mu Do
The two Chinese characters are Mu and DoMu stands for martial and Do stands for “the way”. The character for Do has been liberally translated as "art" but the meaning of "art" and "way" are very different. An art conveys a style while the “way” conveys an all encompassing holistic meaning, literally “living” it. The character for Do is the same as the one used for the Chinese philosophy of Tao (pronounced Do in Korean). The character for Mu shows the symbols of the spear and shield resting on top of the character for the earth – literally spears and shields over the earth, hence, the martial. The character for Do represents the head walking over a path, a road, the way.

Other schools have regular promotion testing and advancement

Our mission is to provide uncompromising quality of instruction with the highest level of integrity. There are many great schools in the martial art community. While we should all strive to live with the highest degree of ethics, unfortunately there are those that may take advantage of lack of experience and knowledge relative to the martial arts. Elite Martial Art strives to uphold integrity and students are never guaranteed advancement for fees. The instructor will generally recommend students for testing and potential advancement.  Students should recognize that testing consists not only of technical knowledge but that the ability to perform under stress is a part of the testing process.
How long does it take to get a black belt?
There is no magic number or guarantee of a “2 year”, “3 year” black belt program. Each individual will progress at their own rate largely based on amount of time and commitment they are willing to invest. In Korea, it was not uncommon to achieve 1st dan in around a year, but that was based on 6 days of training two to three hours a day. In a different culture and time, this is highly unlikely. An average time would be three to five years depending on the individual’s commitment and abilities.
Does a black belt mean I have mastered the art?
A black belt means one has learned the basics of that style and ready to begin the next phase of the journey to study the discipline, hence, the various degrees of black belt or “dan”. 
Terminology and Conventions Used
Refers to rank of colored belt grades or “gup” with beginners starting at a higher number working down to 1st gup as the highest colored belt before black belt ranking.
Refers to rank of black belts as degrees of “dan” starting from 1st dan and increasing numerically reflecting a higher rank. Currently, 10th dan is generally the highest rank usually given by approval of group of 9th dan holders and is a honorary rank reserved for heads of systems.
Is abbreviated as GM. This title is generally used to refer to 8th dan holders and above
Korean Name Convention
Korean names follow the Korean convention of the last name then first and middle. For example, John Michael Smith would be written as Smith John Michael.
There are two schools of thought with respect to the practice of forms in Hapkido.  One advocates forms, the other does not. Forms, called “poom sae” in Taekwondo, are called “hyung sae” in Hapkido which literally translated is “forms stance”. A common misconception is that practice of forms is restrictive and prohibits freedom of motion and creativity. Unlike other systems that rely on the practice of forms as a primary method of training, Hapkido forms are practiced in the context of being a supplemental training tool. The primary method of training should be done with a partner under the supervision of a qualified instructor. The practice of forms allows one to practice those same techniques in a structured environment especially when a training partner is not available. This will aid in the retention and refinement of learned techniques but should in no way be a substitute for live training with a partner. Hence, the practice of forms is not prohibitive to creativity; rather, it becomes a tool to enhance one’s training regimen.

See all five empty hand forms from white belt to 1st dan black belt on Elite Martial Art OC's YouTube channel.
Approved Organizations
Certification from other organizations will be reviewed on an individual basis. Upon approval, certification and ranking may be available through the Korean New Martial Arts Hapkido Federation, Chairman Hwang Deok-Kyu. Review and approval is at the sole discretion of Elite Martial Art O.C.
Admittance Requirements
For the master’s curriculum, instructors and advanced students of systems other than Hapkido may apply but admittance is at the sole discretion of Elite Martial Art. Factors considered will include relevant martial art and teaching experience, needs requirements as well as personal interviews.
Advanced Hapkido techniques include attack, control & restraint, attack and defenses against various weapons. Elite Martial Art offers programs specifically designed for the unique requirements of Law Enforcement Officers including discounted rates. 
Korea New Martial Hapkido Federation
The Korean New Martial Arts Hapkido Federation (the “Federation”) is headed by GM Hwang Deok-Kyu. GM Hwang began his Hapkido training in September of 1957 in Seoul, South Korea and is the president of the Federation.  GM Hwang's career has spanned from Hapkido Instructor at the Korean Military Academy, committee member of the Korean President’s Protective Services Testing Committee, and former president of the Korea Hapkido Association. The Federation governs around 2,000 schools in South Korea with affiliated schools in over 40 countries worldwide.
With the passing of the late GM Myung Kwang Sik, GM Hwang, who was a contemporary, training partner, and personal friend of the late GM Myung, was a natural choice in providing leadership to Elite Martial Art. The Federation is an organization that continues to uphold the the pursuit of furthering the spread of traditional Korean Hapkido.
What are sizes of classes?
Class size depends on the service but is generally private to semi-private with the exception of the Intermediate Program.

Korean Sin Moo Hapkido Federation


Greece Korean Sin Moo Hapkdio Federation A.G.S. TzitzifiwnKorean Sin Moo Hapkido Federation in Greece
A.G.S. Tzitzifiwn - Master Michael Paleologos, authorized Korean Sin Moo Hapkido Federation representative in Greece

A.G.S MARKOPOULO OROPOU - Instructor Kostas Kallis
A.G.S Analipsi - Instructor Giovanis Vasileios

    Your Warrior's Edge


About Hapkido in Korean - 합기도 란
From The Korean Sin Moo Hapkido Federation - 대한 신무 합기도 협회 에서 

합기도의 개요

합기도(合氣道)를 소개한다면...

합기(合氣)란, '기를 모은다' 는 뜻이다.

합기도는 평소 호흡법(呼吸法)을 통해 기를 모아 자신의 방어(防禦)에 쓰일 수 있도록 훈련(訓練)하는 것이다.

합기도의 도(道)는 길이며 진리(眞理)이다.

따라서 합기도는 무예(武藝)를 통해 바른 삶을 찾는 무도(武道)이다.

잘 단련된 합기도인(合氣道人)의 신체(身體)는 가공할 무기(武器)가 된다.

먼저, 마음을 바르게 하지 않고 합기도의 기술(技術)만을 연마(鍊磨)하면 어린아이나 강도가 총칼을 든 것처럼 위험(危險)하다. 기술을 익히기 전에 명상(瞑想)을 통해 산(山)처럼 중후(重厚)하고 물처럼 포용력(包容力) 있는 심신(心身)을 닦는 것이 중요(重要)하다. 

합기도의 기술은 권술(拳術), 족술(足術), 낙법(落法), 방권술(防拳術), 방족술(防足術), 방투술(防投術), 방검술(防劍術)등 매우 다양(多樣)하다. 그리고 단 · · 장봉(短 · · 長棒), 창(槍), 검(劍) 등 정식 군대병기는 물론 돌이나 작대기, 수건, 노끈 등 일상생활(日常生活) 주변의 흔한 물건도 무기로 이용(利用)된다.

이중 손과 발을 이용한 타격술(打擊術)은 오늘날 태권도(跆拳道)와 각종 투기술(投技術)로, 꺾기나 조르기 등의 기술은 일본(日本)에 전해져 온 유도(柔道)로 자리 잡게 되었다.

결국, 합기도는 동양무술(東洋武術)의 원형(原型)이며 모체(母體)임을 알 수 있다.

이처럼 합기도의 기술은 무궁무진(無窮無盡)하기 때문에 처음에는 배우기가 어렵다는 느낌이 들 수 있다. 그러나 몇가지 기본기만 완전히 익히면 나머지는 기본기를 바탕으로 갖가지 상황(常況)에 따라 이를 적절히 응용(應用)하는 것이므로 그리 어렵지 않게 배울 수 있다. 

합기도의 역사(歷史)와 배경(背景)을 알아보면 합기도의 시원(始原)은 각종 기록에 신라(新羅) 삼랑원의광(三郞源義光)이 시조(始祖)라고 나타나고 있으며, 그후 삼국시대(三國時代)를 거처 쭉 궁중(宮中)이나 승려(僧侶)들만의 비술(秘術)로 전해 내려왔다고 한다.

근래(近來)의 한국(韓國) 합기도는 1956년 지한재(現, 合氣道 世界聯盟總裁-渡美)씨가 수도 서울에 국내(國內)에서는 최초(最初)의 합기도장(合氣道場)을 설립(設立)하여 지금 사단법인 대한신무합기도협회(社團法人 大韓新武合氣道協會) 회장(會長)인 황덕규 협회장(黃德圭 協會長)과 함께 보급(普及)하기 시작했으며, 이 도장(道場)에서 수련(修練)한 이태준, 명광식, 김용진, 김용항, 이동구 명재남,(이하 무순) 제씨(諸氏) 등이 합기도 보급에 앞장서서 오늘의 합기도의 모태(母胎)가 되어 국내는 물론 전 세계 40여 개국에 진출(進出)하여 합기도를 전파(傳播)하게 되었으며 국제적인 무술(武術)로서의 성가(聲價)를 높이게 되었다.

현재(現在) 합기도는 우리나라에 2000여개의 도장이 있으며, 동구권(東歐圈)을 제외한 40여 개국에서 많은 수련생이 한국의 우수한 합기도 기술을 배우기 위해 열심히 수련하고 있다. 

현재의 협회장 황덕규 회장은 현존(現存)하는 국내 합기도인으로서는 최고(最古)의 원로(元老) 사범(師範)이시며 근래에도 사범연수교육(師範硏修敎育)등, 왕성한 활동(活動)을 하면서 후배양성(後輩養成)에 매진(邁進)하고 있으며, 2006년에는 합기도 보급 50주년 행사(行事)를 국내외 합기도 동호인(同好人)들의 적극적인 호응(呼應)에 힘입어 국제대회(國際大會)로 치를 계획(計劃)으로 있다.

합기도의 특징

합기도(合氣道)는 타 무술(武術)이나 스포츠의 직선적(直線的)인 운동(運動)에 비해 초자연적(超自然的)인 움직임을 보이고 있어 심신수양(心身修養)을 증진(增進)시키기에 가장 적합한 무술이라고 할 수 있다.

또한 합기도는 최고의 호신무술(護身武術)로서 외부의 위협(威脅)과 공격(攻擊)으로부터 자신을 보호(保護)하고 방어(防禦)하며 나아가서는 상대를 제압(制壓)하는 비폭력적(非暴力的)인 무술이다.

공격해 오는 상대방의 힘을 거슬리지 않고 유연(柔軟)하게 받아들임과 동시에 그 힘을 이용하기 때문에, 작은 힘으로도 큰 힘을 방어하고 제압하며, 소극적(消極的)인 자세가 아닌 적극적(積極的)인 자세의 방어와 제압이기 때문에 철저하게 자신을 보호함과 동시에 상대를 압도(壓倒)한다.

이렇게 신체(身體)에 무리(無理)를 가하지 않고 역학적(力學的)인 동작(動作)의 효율성(效率性)을 추구하고 있기에 합기도는 남녀노소(男女老少) 누구나 쉽게 배울 수 있다.

합기도 마크의 의미 

독수리웅장한 자태는 무예인의 고고한 생활양식을

예리한 눈은 무예인의 맑고 참된 정신을

힘찬 날개는 합기도인의 용맹한 기상을

강인한 부리는 불의에 대한 응징을

낚아 챈 화살은 합기도인의 포용과 인내심을

마크의 상징 합기도 수련을 통하여 건강한 정신과 육체를 배양하며, 이에 독수리를 합기도 마크로 상징 하였습니다.

합기도 수련 종목

합기도에 있어서는 단전호흡은 가장 기초적이고 차원 높은 운동이라 할 수 있다.

단전기법은 호흡을 조절하여 주면서 단전을 단련시켜 힘의 집중력을 키우고 또 인체에 흩어져 있는 힘을 한곳에 집중시켜 신속히 응용할 수 있는 능력을 키우는 것이다. 단전은 인체 내에 모든 힘의 근원이며 운동력이라고 말한다. 단전이라 하는 것은 인체의 배꼽으로부터 하복부1촌 밑을 말하며, 한의학에서는 기해 또는 단전이라 일컫는다. 

발차기 - 족술
동양무도의 족술은 5~10여 종류의 술기로 한정되어 있지만 합기도 족술은 100여 가지가 넘을 정도로 매우 다양하다. 타 무도의 족술은 하나의 목표를 정하고 공격하지만 합기도 족술은 목표를 한번에 공격할 수 있다.

여러 무도 중에 가라데나 태권도의 족술은 딱딱하며, 쿵푸나 타이복싱은 아주 부드러운 반면에 힘이 약하다. 이에 비해 합기도의 족술은 부드러우면서 강하고, 강하면서 빠르다.

합기도에서는 권술을 타신기법이라 부른다. 이 타신기법은 한마디로 표현하면 상대의 신체 어느 부분을 손으로 찌르는 기술을 말한다. 타 무도에서는 찾아볼 수 없는 독창적이면서도 특이한 합기도의 자랑스런 기법 중 하나로 꼽을 수 있다.

타 무도의 타법과는 달리 부드러우면서 빠르고 빠르면서 강하게 상대방을 공격할 수 있는가하면, 넓은 부분은 뽀족한 부분으로, 가는 부분은 넓은 부분으로, 부드러운 부분은 손끝이나 약한 부분으로, 강한 부분은 좀 더 강한 부분으로 공격한다. 대부분의 권술은 주먹을 단련하면서 주먹을 휘두르며 공격하지만 합기도의 타신기법은 필요한 혈이나 맥, 또는 약소나 급소 등을 공격하는 것이 다르다.

합기도에서 낙법은 외부의 돌발적인 충격으로 갑자기 넘어지게 되는 경우에 아무런 부상없이 자기의 몸을 안전하게 유지하면서 보호하는 기술이라 할 수 있다.

낙법은 수련을 통해 자유자재의 몸놀림에 익숙해지므로 합기도에 훈련에 있어 빠져서는 안 될 중요한 기술이라 할 수 있다.

호신술이란 자신의 몸을 보호하는 기술을 말하며, 그런 의미에서 합기도의 모든 술기는 호신술이 될 것이다. 호신술이라 하여도 상대의 공격에 대하여 발로 찰 수도 있고, 주먹으로 때릴 수도 있다. 또한 상대의 공격을 방어 할 수도 있다.

따라서 합기도의 호신술이란 상대가 자신을 잡았을 때 헤어나는 방법을 말한다. 또한 이 호신술은 합기도에 있어서 가장 기초적이면서 기본적인 술기의 하나로 꼽힌다.

합기도의 호신술은 타 무도에 비해 월등한 장점을 지녔을 뿐만 아니라 상대의 공격으로부터 방어하거나 제압하는데 있어서 빠르면서도 부드럽다. 그런가 하면 상대를 강하게 꺾기도 하고 던지기도 한다. 또 조르면서 누르고 때리는 가하면 찌르기도 하고 차기도 하기 때문에 상대가 먼저 자신의 몸 어느 부분을 잡았다 해도 이런 방어와 제압을 가하면 상대는 다시 공격할 여지가 없게 되는 것이다.

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