Hap Ki Do

Hap Ki Do LogoHap Ki DoThe essence of Hap Ki Do lies in the cultivation of Ki energy and the utilization of this energy in the expression of martial arts. The name “Hap Ki Do” consists of the Korean characters meaning “the way of coordinating energy” or “power in harmony with nature and man”. It is a martial art practiced entirely for self-defense. Hap Ki Do is distinguished by three essential techniques: 

  1. Passivity when opposing force
  2. Countering and attacking with circular movements
  3. Absolute penetration of an opponent’s defense (the water principle)
Hap Ki Do includes more than 3608 techniques involving:
  • Closed and open hand strikes
  • Blocking and parrying
  • Holds and takedowns
  • Defense against kicking, punching, holding and throwing
  • Hundreds of different kicks
  • Defense against wrist and clothing grabs
  • Forms
  • Throws (body, projection and leg throws)
  • Human anatomy
  • Grappling (pressure point grappling and grappling defense)
  • Wrestling techniques
  • Falls (from any position and onto any surface)
  • Ground fighting
  • Joint manipulation
  • Finger pressure points
  • Restraining methods
  • Offensive choking
  • Prisoner arrest and pain-compliance techniques
  • “Come along” grips
  • Counter-defense and counter-attacks
  • Control and redirection
  • Defense against attacks involving weapons
  • Defense against multiple attacks
  • Rolling and falling when attacked
  • Chokes to subdue an attacker
  • Meditation and various breath control techniques
  • Joint breaking
  • Combination joint breaking
  • Weapons techniques are also a part of Hap Ki Do study (sword, cane, fan, rope, short/middle/long staff, etc.)