Hapkido is a Korean martial art that has it's roots in the Japanese art of Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu. Hapkido incorporates hand strikes, kicks, throws and joint manipulation techniques. Hapkido is based upon three principles: Hwa (harmony), Won (circle), and Yu (dynamic) which are incorporated into each technique. A Hapkido practitioner uses these principles to off-balance or break an opponent’s energy. Once an opponent’s energy is broken, a finishing technique is applied. The end result is having the opponent in a restraining or submission hold preventing him from continuing the attack. Hapkido techniques do not rely on physical strength which makes it possible for a smaller person to successfully defend himself/herself against a larger and stronger attacker.
Hapkido was founded by Choi, Yong Sool who studied Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu under Takeda Sokaku. Grand Master Lim, Hyun Soo was a direct disciple of Choi, Yong Sool and was his longest running student. Grand Master Lim was promoted to 9th dan by Founder Choi and is the head of the World Jung Ki Hapkido and Chung Suk Kuhapdo Association. The Jung Ki Kwan headquarters is located in Daegu, South Korea where Grand Master Lim teaches the original techniques and principles transmitted to him by Founder Choi. Master Stuart Emery is a direct disciple of Grand Master Lim and is the New Hampshire representative for the Jung Ki Kwan. Master Emery is a 7th dan in Hapkido, promoted by Grand Master Lim. Master Emery teaches beginner, intermediate and advanced Hapkido Classes at On-Site Family Martial Arts.
Choi, Yong Sool
Founder of Hapkido