From The Martial Arts Encyclopedia


Hapkido (also spelled hap ki do or hapki-do) is a dynamic and somewhat eclectic Korean martial art. In the Korean language, hap means "harmony", "coordinated", or "joining"; ki describes internal energy, spirit, strength, or power; and do means "way" or "art". It is usually translated as "the way of coordinating energy" or "the way of coordinated power." .


Hapkido contains both long range fighting and infighting techniques but the goal of most scripted training situations is to get near for a close strike lock , or throw Hapkido emphasizes circular motion, fluid movements , and control over ones opponent . It's practitioners usually seek to gain advantage through footwork and body positioning to employ leverage , avoiding the use of strength and opting for technique...(read more)