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HapKiDo
Hap meanstogether in harmony of body & spirit”

Ki defines “life & body energy”

Do
means
“way of life, way of learning”

Ahn’s Martial Arts Academy Hapkido class is based on Hapkiyusul, where Master Ahn studied from Yong-Sul Kawn in South Korea, successor of Grand Master Choi Yong-Sool (also spelled Choi Yong-Sul) the original founder of Hapkido. Hapkido class teaches  techniques to employ hand to hand self-defense thru joint locks, pressure points, throws & kicks. Hapkido is a great class for both men and women to learn personal self-defense regardless of age or fitness level.

In the world there are numerous styles of Hapkido  & Japanese Aikido. The Developer of Hapkido Grand Master Choi Yong-Sool (1904-1986) was the original founder. Thru the years he train students whom went on to develop similar martial arts. 

However, Grand Master Choi Yong-Sool had two successors. One his son Choi Bok-Yeol (who unfortunately died in 1987, one year after his father) & Kim Yun Sang. Kim Yun Sang began using the term "Hapkiyusul" in 1987, a year after Choi Yong-Sool died, in order to differentiate what he had learned from Choi Yong-Sool and was teaching from mainstream Hapkido. Hapkiyusul members practice the original techniques and learning/teaching process as taught to Kim Yun Sang by Choi Yong-Sool. Kim Yun Sang teaches his students the style he inherited from Choi in its original form.

                                                
                   
                         (Grand Master Choi Yong-Sool & successor Kim Yun Sang)


Benefits of Hapkido

Hapkido is for ages thirteen and up, men and women, but mostly for the serious and focused martial art students only. The training of Hapkido provides adults with the opportunity to learn close contact self defense, such as grappling, unlocking and locking the joints, throws and how to control weapon attacks.  Young adults will improve focus, balance, coordination, flexibility and learn many self-defense techniques against assaults and even kidnapping.  Hapkido has many special and unique techniques to apply and control the opponents without using any major effort. There are many military special forces, secret service members and law enforcement officers who consider Hapkido to be the best choice of self-defense training in the world.