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Martial Art Profiles : Hapkido

Hapkido, is a dynamic and highly eclectic Korean Martial Art. It is a form of self defense that employs joint locks, grappling  and throwing techniques of other martial arts, as well as kicks, punches and other striking attacks. There is also the use of traditional weapons, including knife, sword, rope, nunchacku, cane, short stick, and middle length staff,  which vary in emphasis depending on the particular tradition examined.

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

The art adapted from Daito Ryu Aikijujusu ( Japanese Jujutsu ) as it was taught by Choi Yong-Sool, when he returned to Korea after World War II, having lived in Japan for 30 years. This system was later combined with kicking and striking techniques of indigenous and contemporary arts , as well as throwing techniques and ground fighting  from Japanese Judo. Its history is obscured by the historical animosity between the Korean and Japanese  people following the Second World War.

In conclusion, Hapkido is heavily influenced by Japanese Jujustsu, Judo and weapons, when combined with the kicks of the more traditional Korean arts, such as Tae Kwon Do or Tang Soo Do, it  becomes a very well rounded and eclectic art.

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