MAIA Defensive Hapkido
is a martial Art that teaches self defense by using soft and hard styles.
By soft & hard styles, we mean is the techniques in a soft style
are applied to an opponent with the appropriate amount of force required to
neutralize an attack. Therefore
damage to your opponent can be kept to a minimum unless otherwise needed.
It could be anything from applying pressure to a pressure point to a
joint lock or a throw. Examples
of other soft style martial arts are jujitsu, aikido, judo and wrestling.
Hard styles on the other hand are styles
when hard force is needed to make a technique effective such as kicks,
punches, elbow strikes and knee strikes.
Some examples of other hard styles are Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Mauy
Thai, and American boxing.
Hap Ki Do was founded by Yong-Sool-Choi,
born 1904 in
After 20 years of study in 1939
grandmaster Choi moved back to
Therefore the two main components of Hapkido are:
The soft style from his Japanese Daito-Ryu-Aiki JuJitsu and;
The hard style of Korean Hwrango Do and Tae Kyon.
Although Hap Ki Do has some Japanese
background, it is a Korean martial art.
From his training & experience grand master Choi refined his
martial art & came up with three principles which are the foundation of
Nonresistance; by being passive, instead of opposing force.
Circular; countering and attacking with circular movements
Water; absolute penetration of an opponents defenses either by being
water flowing under, around, or over an
obstruction or hard like water under
taking out everything in it’s path.
This complimentary manner of hard and soft
established a perpetual and liquid rhythm as well as constant mobility, the
hallmarks of Hapkido.
Grandmaster Choi believed that to have a
complete and effective martial art, it must have an equal and opposite
action for every reaction, or yin and yang.
Everything in life has an equal & opposite for example you have
day & night, fire & water, man & woman, hard & soft.
That’s what the um and yang symbol represents it stands for
the word itself means the “art of coordinated power.”
So by combining these idea’s and
principles it’s easy to see how a person regardless of size can defend
themselves adequately against the average opponent
With training you’ll soon see the
effect’s of yin & yang in yourself.
If you tend to be anxious or nervous you’ll soon find yourself
relaxed and at ease. or if your
passive and shy you’ll find yourself being more confident and outgoing.
You will also find yourself becoming more
physically fit and being more healthy helping to fight off viruses and flu.,
and reduce chances of accidental injuries.
Your mind will become more clear & alert helping in school and
work. Your spirit will soar,
with this new pride and you will radiate a positive self image.
welcome to “Hapkido”.
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