Self Defense


Hapkido is known as ‘The Complete Arts of Self-defense’ and is the ‘Original Mixed Martial Art’ . The word “Hapkido” translates to “art of coordinated power.” “Hap” means harmony or coordination, “ki” means power, and “do” means path of discipline. The art stems from Korea and, in particular, the post-Japanese colonial period circa the early 1900s. Founded by Grandmaster Choi Yong-Sool, Hapkido takes influence from Japanese martial arts—Daito-Ryu Aikijujutsu—as Choi grew up in Japan.


Taekwondo has been developing with the 5000-year long history of Korea, being called by several different names in the course. In Korea, Taekwondo began as a defense martial art called “Subak” or “Taekkyon,” and developed as a way of training body and mind in the ancient kingdom of Koguryo, under the name of “Sunbae.” In the Shilla period, it had become the backbone of Hwarangdo that aimed at producing leaders of the country.