The masters program is primarily designed for students wishing to further an extensive study in the discipline as well as specific training in advanced techniques. Candidates must be at minimum of 1st degree black belt in Hapkido certified through an approved organization. Instructors of other disciplines can also benefit by diversifying their portfolio of knowledge.
To qualify for this program, an intensive review process will be conducted to assess needs and requirements as well as identifying viable candidates. The program consists of advanced empty hands techniques and traditional Hapkido weapons training. Students may also receive certification through the Korean New Martial Hapkido Federation. Promotional review and testing is conducted by Master Hahn. Master Hahn is also available to conduct seminars covering specific topics from basic Hapkido to advanced Hapkido training.
Advanced empty hands techniques include attack and counterattack, pressure point techniques including control and restraint, and defenses against multiple attackers. These techniques utilize the fundamentals taught in the Intermediate Program but require a greater degree of finesse and accuracy. They include what was in the past referred to as “secret” or “death” techniques. In reality, there are no secrets. The physiological results of these techniques are based on precise (hence “advanced” techniques) application and execution. While the results oftentimes heavily outweigh the effort in application, it also demands much greater degree of precision.
Weapons training includes attack and defenses utilizing the dan bong, or short stick which is roughly a foot in length (e.g., billy club or other small stick). Other weapons include the mini stick (roughly length and size of a steel pen), middle staff (akin to old police baton), long staff, long sword, cane, and rope. These are the traditional weapons utilized in Hapkido, but the applications are diverse. The techniques of the short stick are often utilized with fan techniques, a small portion mini stick techniques are reflected in the “Kubotan®” keychain, and the rope techniques can be performed with neck ties, belts and other similar everyday items. The variety of application seen in other systems and commercial market attests to the versatility of Hapkido weapons training.
A summary of the Masters Program includes the following areas of study.
Advanced Empty Hand Techniques
Reverse Attack Techniques
Techniques of Pressure Point
Special Self Defense
Attack with Power Techniques
Defenses Against Multiple Attackers
One Hand Techniques
Weapons Techniques – Offensive and Defensive
A summary of the Intermediate Program for beginner to 1st degree black belt is presented below for reference.
Warm Up Exercises
Breathing & Meditation
Break Fall and Rolling Techniques
Hapkido Basic Techniques
Defenses Against Holds
Other Wrist Grabs
Rear Holds (e.g., bearhug, half, full nelson)
From Seated Position
Jump Double Kicks
Jump Fly Kicks
Special Fly Kicks
Defenses Against Punching Attacks
Defenses Against Kicking Attacks
Choke & Grappling
Defensive Throwing Techniques
Defenses Against Chokes from Standing to Ground