Hapkido 합기도 is a dynamic Korean martial art, originally used by elite palace guards to protect the King. Hapkido has Korean origins and dates back over 2500 years.

Hapkido translates to:

Hap means harmony, unity, coordination, together, or concentrated.

Ki means energy, inner power or cosmic force.

Do means art, way of, achieve, or execute.

Literally translated, Hap Ki Do means "The Art of Coordinated Power".

Hapkido used today

Hapkido is used worldwide by government agencies, military Special Forces and law enforcement agencies. There are approximately 3600 techniques in Hapkido. Our schools teach about 1500 of these techniques.

Hapkido as a Martial Art

Hapkido is a form of self defense that employs joint locks, kicks, punches, and other striking attacks. There is also the use of traditional weapons, including a sword, rope, cane, short stick, and staff which vary in emphasis depending on the particular tradition examined.

Hapkido contains both long and close range fighting techniques, utilizing jumping kicks and deadly hand strikes at longer ranges and pressure point strikes, joint locks, or throws at closer fighting distances. Hapkido emphasizes circular motion, non-resisting movements, and control of the opponent. Practitioners seek to gain advantage through footwork and body positioning to employ leverage, avoiding the use of strength against strength.

Hapkido training includes:

Defence Blocking Sparring
Offence Weapons Break-falling
Kicking Throwing Breathing
Punching Tripping Meditation
Striking Joint Locking Pressure-Points

Benefits of Hapkido training include:

Self defence Self confidence
Weight control Cardiovascular fitness
Muscle tone Self discipline
Flexibility Joint mobility
Coordination Concentration
Self control Stress management
Grand Master Millwood Using Hapkido Wrist Lock

Hapkido is not just blocking, hitting and locking, sometimes a direct attack is needed. Hapkido Practitioners don’t want to go to the ground either as this can lead to being in a more vulnerable situation, so we have to attack first.

Hapkido has a locking system too. This means if you are smaller, or not as strong as your attacker, you can break their arm easily, once the correct angles have been studied and practiced.

In Hapkido, students study pressure points to break the attacker’s power. If the attacker’s grip is too strong by using pressure point techniques practitioners can gain control as it weakens the attackers hold.

Students also study how to use the opponent’s power against them. In Hapkido we don’t meet force with force, instead we evade and deflect and allow their energy to flow. We then direct that energy where we can use it to our advantage, for locking, striking, throwing etc.

Hapkido is not difficult to learn, in fact it is very easy. The key to this is constant practice. Don’t try to remember everything you learn. Instead practice over and over again until the technique becomes a body habit.

Hapkido is a form of study, not just physical training.

Hapkido in Brisbane

Hapkido Brisbane has been teaching Hapkido in Brisbane since 2004. Hapkido Brisbane is a family based club, with classes available for men, women and children of all ages. You can train together as a family or join on your own.

At Hapkido Brisbane you can develop strength of character, reduce the effects of stress and become a well rounded martial artist. The club's principles are integrity, respect, and discipline.

Hapkido Brisbanes' qualified black belts will guide you through a structured program.

World Hapkido Group

Hapkido Brisbane is affiliated with the World Hapkido Group. Grandmaster Steve Millwood is President of World Hapkido Group in Australia.

World Hapkido Group Hapkido is a practical and effective method of self defence which can be customised to suit the athletic abilities of its practitioners.

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