Hey i was just wondering if ne one here takes/took hapkido, and peoples opinions on it. I started recently, so ne tips would also be appreciated. Thanx in advance
Hapkido is a pretty good style to learn from. Although there kicks may not be too useful on the streets. I mean those high kicks. But overall its a pretty good art. Its based on Aiki-jujitsu.
It's not my primary study but we include some in our training. It's pretty good but I'm not a big fan of joint locks (specificly wrist locks) or pressure points too much. They are pretty inefective against me. Maybe I'm just a freak with flexible joints and my pressure points are located in odd places but I tend to think that there is enough variety between people that as often as it will work it will fail.
Technically I've done Hapkido, I just chose never to ranked in it. Hapkido is a more self-defense approach to Taekwondo in my book. Like any other system it depends upon the instructor. I usually use the wristlocks when I have to secure somebody during security work (did that sound redundant?)
Two guys walk into a bar....ouch that's gotta hurt.
I do hapkido. It is a good art as long as you can think outside of the box and use learn to adapt the techniques to different scenarios.
Jeremy M. Talbott
Jeremy M. Talbott
Originally Posted by Phrost
Originally Posted by D.Murray
Originally Posted by hangooknamja88
I hear there is a lot of backstabbing in the Hapkido community. But, basically it's a darn good self-defense system. Haven't you ever heard of the infamous BILLY JACK! He kicks ass!
Heavyweight Bone Crushing Muther Fucka!
Edited by - balloonknot on October 29 2002 15:13:12
I practice it and have been very impressed with the techniques . I think there are a fair amount of McDojangs out there though. A lot of TKD schools claim to teach HKD as part of their cirriculum but they are different arts.
If you want an ecletic art with a fair amount of striking and throws its going to be a good fit.
Some schools seem to be more Judo oriented and others Aikido in some of their techniques so this is something to look into as a personal preference.
As with any other MA I'd say the biggest tip would be to be serious about stretching outside of class. This will yield the biggest and earliest benefits
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