Hapkido is an eclectic and holistic martial art that requires decades of practice to fully learn, let alone master. The full curriculum is quite often time prohibitive for most people both in terms of weekly and long term time commitment. This program is streamlined from the full Hapkido curriculum covering the breadth of techniques but limited in depth of study. The curriculum will introduce students to the broad scope of Hapkido without the need for extensive time commitment. The streamlined curriculum will satisfy most students with a desire to learn Hapkido and other martial artists wanting to broaden their technical base.
Hapkido techniques can be classified into three broad categories, from empty hand versus empty hands, empty hand versus weapons, and weapons versus weapons. Within each of these major divisions, techniques can be further classified into striking, joint locking, pressure point attacks, throwing, restraint & control, choking & grappling, and kicking. Hapkido is truly an eclectic system that is different from other martial arts in various aspects including:
- Utilizing opponent’s strength against them
- Soft, hard, linear, and circular movements
Self defense techniques utilize an opponent’s strength rather than meeting it head on and capitalize on the weaknesses of the human body (joints, nerves, blood vessels, muscle groups, organs) which can often compensate for opponents of greater size and strength. Techniques can be both soft yet powerful, linear and circular. The wide variety of responses can give you an edge in deciding what works best for you given the scenarios you may be faced with.
Evolution is a constant in all aspects of our lives and we should strive to further our knowledge throughout our lives. While there are many valid reasons for modification and innovation, a solid foundation is critical. It is difficult to build and expand without having a solid infrastructure and often times result in unintended and potentially adverse results. The Elite Martial Art curriculum is unique by handing down techniques as they were originally taught. Individuality of body structures, situations, and challenges faced require dynamic solutions. Teaching a uniform curriculum enables students to learn “textbook” but once learned, they can be uniquely adapted to meet inner (e.g., body structure) and outer (e.g., physical surroundings, opponent size & state) requirements. Change and innovation should follow a solid foundation.
Traditional Hapkido covers virtually all facets of physical techniques. Most systems focus on one or two aspects of physical techniques such as striking, kicking, or throwing. Many Hapkido schools supplement their curriculums with other styles and techniques, but this is not a lack of technique but quite often the result of not having been exposed to the full curriculum of Hapkido. Trends come and go and pursuit of knowledge is a life time endeavor, Hapkido has more than enough to satisfy a lifetime of study. A summarized curriculum for beginner to 1st degree black belt is presented below.
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
This program will require a minimum of two years to achieve 1st degree black belt when practiced consistently at a minimum of three times a week. It is likely to take 3+ years depending on one’s time investment.