There are two categories of Martial Arts, hard and soft.

A hard martial art involves meeting force with force. If you are attacked, you attack back with equal or greater force. An example of a hard martial art is Taekwondo.

A soft martial art involves redirecting an attacker’s energy in a way that expends little energy to the defender.  Soft martial arts are based on defense rather than attack.

Hapkido is a hybrid martial art which uses hard and soft techniques to subdue or injure an attacker:

• Joint locks involving the wrist, elbow or leg will either temporarily incapacitate them or severely injure them.

• Striking to soft tissue or sensitive areas.

• Grappling to position yourself to sweep or throw the attacker.

• Throwing the attacker, once you’ve obtained the physical advantage through grappling.

Hapkido weapons training include short and long stick, knives, belt and cane.

The three general principles of Hapkido training are:

1. Nonresistance:  Remaining relaxed and not directly opposing an attacker’s strength.

2. Circular Movement:  Using circular motion or movement to control your attacker. Circling helps you gain the momentum you need to execute your own techniques.

3. Water Principle:  Can be thought as soft, adaptable strength that does not rely on force alone, much like water is soft to the touch.

Hapkido techniques make it a fully comprehensive fighting style.  Hapkido uses techniques which involve ranges of fighting from standing to groundwork.  Joint locks, twists, sweeps, Judo throws, pressure points and weapons defense.

Hapkido training is just as vigorous as other martial arts. It carries the same physical and mental benefits, with the additional benefit of superior self-defense skills. If you’re interested in a comprehensive Hapkido training program, contact Black Tiger Martial Arts today.

“Black Tiger Martial Arts has a Hapkido program that is easily learned with very specific techniques for each belt level.  I couldn’t be happier with this program”.

Student Jeff English