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History  Thirteen centuries ago, the land currently occupied by North and South Korea consisted of three kingdoms - Kokuryo, Paekche, and Silla. The people of Kokuryo were known for their military and intellectual skills (head); the Silla were craftsmen (hands); and the Paekche were agrarian (feet).  During this time it was felt that the security of many lay in the strength of a select few. A group of elite young nobleman developed "a way of life." This Way was based upon adherence to a strict code of ethics and a disciplined life style dedicated to living in harmony with the natural laws of the universe. This group came to be known as Hwarangdo.  Wars and insurrections were a common part of everyday life. King Chin-Heung of Silla, in concert with the Mongols, succeeded in over-throwing the rulers of Kokuryo and Paekche. The remaining royalty of the defeated Kokuryo and Paekche kingdoms fled to the mountains or to neighboring islands. One group of people from Kokuyro sailed to the Island of Hokkaido, while another group sailed from Paekche to Kyushu, and established some of the first ancient settlements of Japan.  Those that fled to the mountains established monastic order and carried on their traditions in secret for the next 500 years. During this time, devoted monks practiced and refined their martial skills. Many of the monasteries developed their own fighting styles and concepts. The most effective and devastating style was known as Tae Kyon, primarily a martial art of kicking.  The Japanese Army invaded and ruled Korea from 1910 through the end of World War II. During that period, it was not uncommon for Korean families and treasures to be relocated to Japan. During the Japanese occupation a young boy, Yong Sul Choi, was sent to Japan. By age 9, Yong Sul Choi was alone and living with a group of monks in a Buddhist temple. Shortly thereafter, it became apparent to the monks that Yong Sul Choi was not suited for monastic life.  At this time, many great warriors, in accordance with ancient traditions, undertook annual pilgrimages throughout Japan to improve their martial arts skills. During their travels they visited local temples to offer prayers and donations. One such warrior, Master Sokaku Takeda, paid regular visits to the monastery where Yong Sul Choi resided. During one of Master Takeda's visits, the resident monks, seeing an opportunity, beseeched Master Takeda to take the young Choi as a disciple.  Master Takeda practiced the art of swordsmanship and a weaponless martial art known as Daito-Ryu Aiki Jujitsu. This art emphasized the use of joint locks, strikes, and nerve attacks to neutralize an opponent. Daito-Ryu Aiki Jujitsu, itself, originated from the Shilla Dynasty of Korea. Sam Lang Won (Eui Guang in Korean), a Korean bureaucratic official who was also a Buddhist monk, taught this art to Japan's Minamoto Shogunate, the ruling family of Japan during the Kamakura feudal era. The Shogunate, in return, passed the art to members of the Takeda Clan where it remained for over 35 generations. Master Sokaku Takeda was the 37th generation.  The young Choi served as Master Takeda's assistant and student. Consistent with the training methods of those days, Master Takeda's training of young Choi was both tough and rigorous.  Yong Sul Choi remained in Japan for 35 years training under Master Takeda. Near the end of World War II, Yong Sul Choi returned to Korea and opened a small school in Taegu, the third largest city in Korea. He began training a small group of students informally. Yong Sul Choi is credited with the founding of modern day Hapkido.  Grand Master Bong Soo Han <http://www.bongsoohan.com/biography.html> met and began training under Yong Sul Choi shortly after the end of the Korean War. He was one of the the master's original senior students, and was actively involved in the development of Hapkido. In the ensuing years, Grand Master Han established a close and devoted association with Yong Sul Choi, Founder of Hapkido.

 

 

IHF Headquarters

Headquarters of the International Hapkido Federation is located in Santa Monica, CA. This site is one in the same with Grand Master Bong Soo Han's Hapkido Studio, serving both as primary training facility and corporate center of operations for IHF. All matters with regards to the Federation are handled solely through this location, including, but not limited to, the processing of IHF memberships, seminars, videos, and merchandising. IHF Headquarters houses the offices of Bong Soo Han, IHF Founder and President, and Thomas Yi, IHF Managing Director. Mr. Thomas Yi is 4th Dan Senior Instructor of the Headquarters School and acts as the principal Executive Officer and contact for the Federation. All inquiries in reference to the International Hapkido Federation should be addressed to Mr. Thomas Yi at:

International Hapkido Federation
3201 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Main: (310) 829-2643
Fax: (310) 829-2304
Email: info@bongsoohan.com <mailto:info@bongsoohan.com>

 

Studio Membership  The Studio  Grand Master Bong Soo Han's Santa Monica Studio, in existence for more than 34 years, is one of the most established Martial Arts schools in the West Los Angeles area. The location also serves as headquarters <http://www.bongsoohan.com/headquarters.html> for the International Hapkido Federation.  The facilities include a large training room and mat for classes, and a smaller room and mat for warm-up purposes and additional training. During business hours (10:00am - 8:00pm, Mon-Fri) students have access to at least one of the rooms and are welcome to train on their own. The mats are premium Olympic-style mats, extending from wall to wall. Amenities include locker rooms for both men and women, each of which contains lockers, shower and bathroom facilities. Drinking water is available in the main training room and all water is filtered/softened. The Studio houses a full martial arts supply, and all training supplements, i.e. uniforms <http://www.bongsoohan.com/uniforms.html>, videos <http://www.bongsoohan.com/videos.html>, books <http://www.bongsoohan.com/books.html>, clothing/accessories <http://www.bongsoohan.com/clothing.html> are available for purchase. For precise Studio location, please see directions <http://www.bongsoohan.com/directions.html>.  The Classes  Our group classes are divided into Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels and are held primarily during weekday evening hours. Early morning and afternoon classes are offered three times a week, in addition to a Saturday morning class, for all levels. Exact times are located in the class schedule <http://www.bongsoohan.com/classes.html>. Classes are approximately one hour in length and cover meditation, warm-up, stretching, and techniques. While all classes are instructed by senior-level Black Belt instructors <http://www.bongsoohan.com/instructors.html>, Black Belts and advanced students are usually present during Beginner and Intermediate classes to provide additional assistance.  Grand Master Bong Soo Han's Hapkido Studio also offers a comprehensive Junior Program for children and teens. Three separate Junior Classes are available three times a week, depending upon the age of the student. Age breakdowns are found in the class schedule. The Program is designed to provide young students with a fun extra-curricular activity, rooted in discipline, which will boost the student's confidence level and teach him/her the respect and focus needed to perform well in school, at home, and in the Studio.  The Students  You do not have to be an athlete to study Hapkido, and age is of no importance. You must simply be willing to commit yourself to an experience that will transform your mind, body, and spirit. This unique and powerful martial art will lead you on a journey towards a better you and a more peaceful way of life. As a result, you will find our student body to be a rare combination of age and ability, and a fascinating representation of almost every walk of life.  The Cost  Should you decide to become a student of Hapkido, you have the option of joining the Santa Monica Studio for a period of one month, three months, six months, or one year at a time. Pricing will depend upon three factors: method of payment, number of classes per week, and length of contract. There are payment plans available as well as a one-time discounted rate. Family, Law Enforcement, Military, and Corporate discounts are offered. Though there is the option of taking only two classes per week, standard contracts put no limitation on the number of classes you are allowed to take per week, within your current training level. We currently offer a total of 11 classes available to Beginning students per week. The cost of training will also include a one-time registration fee of $60. This registration fee will cover the cost of your uniform, IHF patch, IHF training manual, and IHF membership.  How to Sign Up  To begin training as a student at Bong Soo Han's Hapkido Studio or to find out more about the art of Hapkido, simply visit our Santa Monica Studio and speak with one of our staff members. You will be given the option to watch or even participate in a Free Introductory Class.

 

 

Master Eric Friske
6th Dan Black Belt

First introduced to the art of Hapkido and Grand Master Han in 1969 at the age of 13, Master Eric Friske began actively training four years later, and has continued to train under Grand Master Han for the past 25 years. He presently holds the rank of 6th Dan Master Level, one of only two students to achieve the level of Master under Grand Master Han. An active member of the Korean Hapkido Association and the International Hapkido Federation since 1975, Master Friske has performed in martial arts demonstrations and conducted numerous self-defense seminars for the Los Angeles office of the FBI. He has actively participated in tournament officiating and competition throughout his martial arts career, and performed in the 5th World Martial Arts Expo. Master Friske collaborated in the development of the International Hapkido Federation, and has been awarded several certificates of appreciation for contributions to the IHF and Grand Master Han. He also participated in the development and filming of the first in a series of instructional Hapkido videotapes. Master Friske currently manages the teaching curriculum at the IHF Headquarters and the instructional development program for teaching Black Belts, and conducts IHF seminars for all IHF-affiliated schools.

 

 

Master Daniel Cruz
6th Dan Black Belt

Master Daniel Cruz began his martial arts career in Hawaii at the age of 12, and has studied the arts of Kenpo, Judo, Shotokan, Arnis, and Tae Kwon Do, as well as hand combat self-defense in the Army while stationed in South Vietnam. He began his training in Hapkido under Grand Master Han over 25 years ago, and shares with Master Friske the honor of being the first of Grand Master Han's students to be promoted and certified to the level of Master. As an active member of the International Hapkido Federation and the Korean Hapkido Association since l975, he has participated in the development of the IHF and has trained over 5,000 students at the IHF Headquarters facility. Master Cruz has actively officiated and competed in tournaments for over 20 years, and has won numerous major U.S. Regional State Championship and National Grand Championship Karate tournaments. He performed in the 5th World Martial Arts Expo, and has conducted numerous martial art demonstrations, FBI law enforcement training sessions, and Hapkido seminars throughout the country with Grand Master Han. Master Cruz has appeared in several of Grand Master Han's television and movie projects, and participated in the development of Grand Master Han's Hapkido martial arts instructional videotape series. In addition to co-authoring the IHF Student and Black Belt teaching manuals, his article "Spirit of a Warrior," <http://www.bongsoohan.com/instructors.html> featuring Grand Master Han, served as the cover story for the September 1997 issue of Inside Karate. Master Cruz is the recipient of several awards of appreciation for his contributions to the International Hapkido Federation.

 

 

Definition

Hapkido is a powerful and innovative Korean martial art. Literally translated, the word Hap means coordination or harmony, Ki denotes the essence of power, and Do means the art or the Way.

Hapkido incorporates powerful and precise kicking techniques; fluid and highly effective throwing techniques; and decisive and sharp hand techniques. This concise and practical martial art is the result of a 1300-year pursuit of the Way.

The philosophy of Hapkido stems from three basic principles: The first is non-resistance: yield to your opponent by meeting force with minimum force to deflect and not clash with your opponent's power. The second is circular motion: the use of circular, fluid, flowing movements are emphasized rather than linear movements. The third is the water principle: total penetration of an opponent's defenses through continual attack. Instead of opposing force by force, a Hapkidoist completes his opponent's movement by "accepting his flow of energy as he aims it," and defeats him by "borrowing his own force."

A good Hapkido practitioner does not oppose force or give way completely. A Hapkido practitioner is pliable as a spring; he is the complement and not the opposition to his opponent's strength.

The philosophy of Hapkido is based on the symbol of Um and Yang, a pair of mutually complementary and interdependent forces that act continually, without cessation, in the universe. Um and Yang are two inseparable forces of one unceasing interplay of movement. They are conceived of as essentially one, or as two coexisting forces of one indivisible whole.

 

Korean Pronunciation:

 

Consonants:

 

K

k in car

 

G

g in girl

 

N

n in name

 

D

d in dog

 

L

l in light

 

R

r in right

 

M

m in money

 

B

b in boy

 

S

s in say

 

O

o in oh

 

NG

ng in king

 

J

j in john

 

CH

ch in cheek

 

K

k in king

 

T

t in tom

 

P

p in pipe

 

H

h in honey

 

Korean Counting:

 

1

one

hana

 

2

two

dul

 

3

three

set

 

4

four

net

 

5

five

dasot

 

6

six

yasot

 

7

seven

ilgup

 

8

eight

yodol

 

9

nine

ahop

 

10

ten

yol

 

Hapkido Uniform:

 

Movement

Directions

Hand Attacks

Kicks

Stances

Misc

Han-gul

 

Vowels:

 

A

a in father

 

YA

 ya in yacht

 

U

 u in hut

 

YU

 you in young

 

O

 o in onion

 

YO

 yo in yoke

 

U (OO)

 oo in foot

 

YU (YOO)

 you in you

 

EU

 u in put

 

I

 i in ink

 

 

first

 il

 

second

 ee

 

third

 sahm

 

fourth

 sah

 

fifth

 ok

 

sixth

 ryook

 

seventh

 chil

 

eighth

 pal

 

ninth

 koo

 

tenth

 ship

 

 

dhee

 belt

 

dobok

 uniform

 

hai

 training pants

 

Titles:

 

 do joo nim

 founder (of the martial art or style)

 

chong kwan jang nim

 grandmaster

 

kwan jang nim

 master level 5th dan to 7th dan

 

chung sah nim

 chief instructor (chief master)

 

sah bum nim

 instructor (master)

 

sah boo nim

 more intimate and respectful form of "sah bum nim"

 

kyo sah nim

 teacher

 

sun bae nim

 senior student

 

hu bae nim

 junior student

 

hak saeng

 student

 

suryun saeng

 trainee

 

jeja

 pupil

 

 

Rank:

  

kagup

 rank

 

gup

 grade

 

dan

 degree

 

simsa

 grading

 

simsa kwan

 examiner

 

dan gup jedo

 system of rank

 

 

Commands:

 

cha ryuht

 attention

 

choon bi

 ready position

 

bah ro

 return to starting position

 

dwi uro dorah

 about face

 

dorah

 turn

 

elosoh

 stand

 

gomahn

 stop (also "mum cho")

 

dobok dahnjung

 fix your uniform

 

dhee dahnjung

 fix your belt

 

hai sahn

 class dismissed

 

jonglee

 line up

 

kyung nae

 bow

 

ahnjoe

 sit

 

kool o angi

 kneel

 

bah ro angi

 sit in lotus position (yoga position)

 

bahl bah kwah

 switch your stance

 

koo ryung op see

 in your own time

 

seijak

 begin

 

shiuh

 relax

 

kalyeo

 break (stop)

 

kae sok

 continue

 

Body Parts:

  

 mom

 body

 

kwanjeol

 joint

 

ulgool

 face & head

 

muh ree

 head

 

noon

 eye

 

gui

 ear

 

ko

 nose

 

in joong

 philtrum

 

eep

 mouth

 

tuhk

 chin

 

mokoomeong

 throat

 

mok

 neck

 

ouka

 shoulder

 

myung chi

 solar plexus

 

pahl

 arm

 

pahlkup

 elbow

 

pahlmahk

 forearm

 

ahn pahlmahk

 inner side of forearm

 

bahkat pahlmahk

 outer side of forearm

 

meet pahlmahk

 palm side of forearm

 

wi pahlmahk

 back side of forearm

 

deung pahlmahk

 back of forearm

 

sahnmahk

 wrist

 

sahn

 hand

 

sahnkal

 outside edge of hand

 

sahnkal deung

 inside edge of hand

 

sahn deung

 back hand

 

joomok

 fist

 

sahnkahrak

 finger

 

sahnkeut

 fingertip

 

momtong

 trunk

 

huri

 waist

 

ahrae

 lower body

 

noolro

 groin

 

dahree

 leg

 

mooreup

 knee

 

ahp jung kang yi

 shin

 

bahl mahk

 ankle

 

bahl

 foot (feet)

 

bahldung

 instep

 

bahlbong oh ri

 arch of foot

 

bahl nahl

 outside edge of foot

 

an bahl nahl

 inside edge of foot

 

bahl badak

 sole of foot

 

ahp chook

 ball of foot

 

 heel

 

dwi chook

 bottom of heel

 

bahlkeut

 toes

 

Movement:

  

 mom omgigi

 movement of the body

 

mahki

 block

 

chagi

 kick

 

chirugi

 thrust (or punch)

 

chigi

 strike (with the hand)

 

jeek gi

 strike (with the foot)

 

bahk gi

 strike (with the head)

 

sahn ki sool

 hand technique

 

bahl ki sool

 foot technique

 

kyorugi

 sparring

 

bituro

 twisting

 

gamya

 stepping

 

kuht neun

 walking

 

uro

 moving in a particular direction

 

bang hyang bakoogi

 changing direction

 

bitkyuh surgi

 escaping

 

tdwim yu

 jumping

 

dora

 to turn

 

dolmyo

 spinning

 

mee keul myu

 sliding

 

jupgi

 holding

 

donzigi

 throwing

 

goorugi

 rolling (tumbling)

 

pyihagi

 dodging

 

hecho

 spreading

 

moyo

 gathering

 

bojoo

 covering

 

 

Directions:

  

 oo

 right

 

joa

 left

 

ahp

 front

 

ahn

 inner

 

bahkat

 outer

 

bahndae

 reverse

 

dwi

 back

 

ahnuro

 inward

 

bahkuro

 outward

 

whee

 up

 

whee uro

 upward

 

guande

 middle

 

ulgool

 high section

 

momtong

 middle section

 

ahrae

 low section

 

 

 Hand Attacks:

 

 chun joe je ru ki

 center knuckle punch

 

su do chee ki

 knife hand striking

 

yuk su do chee ki

 inner knife hand striking

 

jang kwon chee ki

 palm heel striking

 

kack kwon chee ki

 back fist striking

 

ho ku chee ki

 tigerīs mouth

 

pal duk chee ki

 forarm striking

 

kwan su jee ru ki

 spear hand striking

 

pal kun che chee ki

 elbow striking

 

mae dup chee ki

 half spear hand striking

 

son mok chee ki

 wrist striking

 

jek ki

 eagleīs beak striking

 

gum jae mae dup

 index finger striking

 

mae dup joop oh chee ki

 knuckle punch

 

uom je mae dup

 thumb knuckle striking

 

mang che chee ki

 hammer striking

 

sun va duck che ki

 palm hand striking

 

ju mok chee ki

 fist striking

 

oh je jek ki

 five finger striking

 

tuk chee ki

 chin striking

 

 

 Kicks:

  

 aup cha ki

 front heel kick

 

an da re cha ki

 inside kick

 

pak kat da re cha ki

 outside kick

 

yup cha ki

 side kick

 

jok ki je ru ki

 center toe kick

 

an da re met cha ki

 inside low scoop kick

 

jok do met cha dol re ki

 low curve kick

 

de kum chi met cha dol re ki

 low circle heel kick

 

jok do aup cha al re ki

 knife edge front kick

 

jok do cha na re ki

 knife edge down kick

 

jok do cha nuk ki

 knife edge push kick

 

de kum chi cha na re ki

 heel down kick

 

bal mak ki

 cover kick

 

de kum chi yup cha ki

 heel down hook kick

 

de kum chi due cha ki

 heel inside hook kick

 

jok ki no pe cha ki

 round house kick

 

du kum chi no pe cha dol re ki

 heel high hook kick

 

be kyo cha ki

 slap kick

 

due cha ki

 back kick

 

mu rup cha ki

 knee kick

 

 

 Stances:

  

 ju mok aup ja sae

 stance with fists in the front

 

ju mok yup ja sae

 stance with fists to the side

 

do son mo ah ren ja sae

 stance with raise hands

 

han son oel ren ja sae

 stance with raise back hand

 

do son oel yo boul ren ja sae

 stance with open hands

 

pal jang han ja sae

 stance with fold arms

 

so do aup han ja sae

 stance with knife hands

 

 

 Misc:

  

 dojang

 place where one trains

 

gong-kyok

 offense

 

hosinsool

 self-defense

 

mukyum

 meditation

 

kihap

 yell

 

jung shin yuk

 mental strength,

 

jung shin dong il

 concentration of the mind

 

jung do

 the "right" way

 

ho hyoop

 breathing

 

shim ho hyoop

 breathing control (deep breathing)

 

himm

 force or power

 

ki

 life-energy

 

dahnjun

 the center of your "ki"

 

bokboo

 the stomach area where "ki" is generated.

 

choong sim

 center of gravity

 

chojum

 focal point of your energy

 

kyuk pa

 breaking

 

shibum

 demonstration

 

pyugi

 stretching

 

ye jol

 etiquette

 

jon gyung

 respect

 

 

   

Video Training Series

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Video tapes are $39.95 each, plus tax. Shipping and handling: $4.99 for the first tape, $1.99 for each additional tape ordered.

Or pay $410.00 plus tax for the entire set of 10 tapes, including shipping and handling charges.

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Hapkido Volume 1
Yellow Belt Techniques: 60 min. Order HAN-1

Includes Hapkido warm-up, stretching and conditioning exercises, basic kicks, blocks, punches, and self-defense techniques against punching attacks.

 

Hapkido Volume 2
Orange Belt Techniques: 55 min. Order HAN-2

Teaches Hapkido falling techniques, basic kicking combinations, step-back kicks, Hapkido self-defense techniques against punching attacks and wrist holds.

 

 

Hapkido Volume 3
Purple Belt Techniques: 45 min. Order HAN-3

This valuable lesson teaches single blocks against kicks, self-defense combinations against front, side, and roundhouse kicks, plus Hapkido escapes and counter strikes against wrist grabs.

 

 

Hapkido Volume 4
Green Belt Techniques: 60 min. Order HAN-4

In this lesson you will learn rear and forward leg jumping front, side, and roundhouse kicks, followed by dynamic Hapkido self-defense techniques against one and two-handed wrist holds.

 

 

Hapkido Volume 5
Blue Belt Techniques: 60 min. Order HAN-5

Includes six blue belt kicking combinations, eight dynamic Hapkido throwing techniques, and numerous Hapkido self-defense combinations against sleeve, lapel, collar, and shoulder grabs

 

 

Hapkido Volume 6
Brown Belt Techniques: 53 min. Order HAN-6

Teaches nine dynamic kicking combinations, plus advanced Hapkido self-defense against various garment holds.

 

 

Hapkido Volume 7
Brown One Stripe Belt Techniques: 54 min. Order HAN-7

You will learn advanced brown belt kicking combinations, Hapkido advanced self-defense techniques against rear wrist, collar, shoulder, and sleeve holds.

 

 

Hapkido Volume 8
Red Belt Techniques: 60 min. Order HAN-8

Teaches red belt spinning and jump kick combinations, plus fourteen devastating Hapkido self-defense techniques against front, side, and rear choke attacks.

 

 

Hapkido Volume 9
Red One Stripe Belt Techniques: 54 min. Order HAN-9

Action packed video includes eleven highly advanced spinning, jumping, and flying kicks, plus advanced self-defense throws, sweeps, and take-downs against punching attacks.

 

 

Hapkido Volume 10 Black Belt Techniques: 42 min. Order HAN-10   Exciting tape teaches black belt drop sweep spinning roundhouse and heel kicks, plus over twenty highly advanced Hapkido take-downs, sweeps, and throws against front, side, and roundhouse kicks.

 

 

 

 

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