Hapki-Do aims to be an effective form of self-defense and employs joint locks, pressure points, throws, kicks, and other strikes. Hapki-Do practitioners train to counter the techniques of other martial arts as well as common “unskilled” attacks. There is also a range of traditional weapons including short stick, cane, rope, sword and staff which vary in emphasis depending on the particular tradition examined.
Although Hapki-Do contains both long and close range fighting techniques, the purpose of most engagements is to get near for a close strike, lock, or throw. Hapki-Do 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.
Hapki-Do is an eclectic martial art that was formulated in Korea and has grown into an internationally renowned self defense form. It combines a wide range of integrated techniques that include: striking, blocking, holding, throwing, joint locks, grappling, and weapons training.
This art provides a complete self defense system as well as a vehicle for the perfection of one’s own character. The physical techniques of Hapki-Do are characterized by a constant flow of strikes, blocks, grappling holds, joint manipulations, and throwing techniques. This constant motion and fluidity of circular movements blends with an opponents force so that their own strength and motion are turned against them.
Hapki-Do’s practical self defense methods, discipline, and versatile nature, has led to its use by many of the world’s foremost military Special Forces units, as well as many of law enforcement community special tactic teams.