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Hapkido: An Original Mixed Martial Art

Hapkido is a powerful and innovative Korean martial art. Combining effective indigenous Korean kicking and hand techniques, with the throwing and grappling skills of Daito-Ryu Aiki Jujitsu, Hapkido was an intergrated, or mixed, martial art before the term was in vogue. Hapkido incorporates powerful and precise kicking techniques; fluid and highly effective throwing techniques; and decisive and sharp hand techniques. This concise and practical martial art is the result of a 1300-year pursuit of the Way.

The philosophy of Hapkido stems from three basic principles: The first is non-resistance: meeting force with minimum force to deflect and not clash with your opponent's power. The second is circular motion: the use of fluid, flowing movements are emphasized rather than linear movements. The third is the water principle: total penetration of an aggressor's defenses through continual attack. A Hapkidoist completes his opponent's movement by "accepting his flow of energy as he aims it," and defeats him by "borrowing his own force."

At Do Shim we practice the style of Hapkido made legendary by Grand Master Bong Soo Han. Grand Master Han was the world's foremost practitioner of Hapkido and is referred to as the Father of Hapkido in the Western World. As one of the original senior students of the Founder of Hapkido, Yong Sul Choi, he led a dedicated effort in the development of Hapkido as it is known today. He taught thousands of loyal students, including Master Cruz and Master Khan, throughout his life with many becoming masters themselves. Grand Master Han studied and refined this powerful Korean martial art for more than 60 years, sharing with his students the truth and nature of martial arts.

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