PHILOSOPHY OF HAPKIDO
Hapkido has both long and close range fighting techniques, utilizing kicks and hand strikes, using jumping kicks at a longer range.
Pressure Point strikes, joint locks & throws at closer fighting distances. Hapkidoists gain advantage through footwork and body positioning by using leverage, avoiding the use of strength against strength & adopting to their environment.
Three Principles Of Hapkido
Hapkido emphasizes in three principle; Water, circular & Harmony or non-resisting movements control of the opponent.
물 Mul Water:
If there is a object that blocks the path of the water. The water will find another way around so it can flow once again this coordinates with the principle Harmony or non-resisting movements. Water in a vast area flows soft once the water is channeled into a narrow ravine the water becomes hard & forceful.
원형의 Wonhyeong-ui Circular:
The second principle circular motion this is demonstrated in many ways such as Fighting techniques; defense is never met with force, it's defected & redirected. The Universe is a good example of circular motion as it's constantly rotating bring day to night, changing the seasons from one into another.
조화 Johwa Harmony:
The third principle Harmony comes when the mind & body works in unity, this then allows the student to learn & understand a new technique that is presented to them. When the mind & body is in harmony it also allows the student to concentrate on other things then techniques such as their surroundings & the environment. We can achieve this through constant training & meditation.
After the student achieves harmony within his or herself the next step is to harmonies with an opponent. Doing this the student will find it easy to control the movements & energy of an opponent.