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.
As history tells it, a Korean man by the name of Suh Bok Sub watched one man amazingly defend himself against multiple attackers. That man was Choi Yong Sul.
Hapkido History and Choi Yong Sul:
Choi Yong Sul (1899-1986) set in motion the teachings that would eventually become known as hapkido. Choi, a Korean, moved to Japan as a young boy where he claimed the following:
To have learned Daitô-ryû Aiki-jûjutsu, a precursor of aikido, under Takeda Sokaku for approximately 30 years. Suh Bok Sub was Choi's first student. A judo black belt by his 20's, he became interested in Choi's teachings after seeing him defend himself against multiple attackers a brewery company he was chairman of. Soon after, Choi began teaching his martial arts style to Suh and some of his workers at Suh's dojang.
The art became more formal and grew as these two worked together. One of the ways the style grew, in fact, happened via publicity when Suh defeated a much larger brother in law of one of his father's political adversaries in hand to hand combat.
Grand Master Stephen Millwood 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.