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Hapkido Libre 
합기도 
No Restrictions - No Limitations 

"Learning techniques but not being able to apply them is like 

learning your ABC's but not being able to read."

The history of Hapkido Libre starts with the Korean martial art of Hapkido. Hapkido is a Korean style known as "The Way of Coordinated Power and Spirit". It was founded by Choi Yong Sool (AKA: Asao Yoshida/1904-1986). Choi had learned Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu from its headmaster Sokaku Takeda while living in Japan from 1915 to 1945. Shortly after World War II Choi returned to Korea and began teaching what he termed Yu Sul, Yu Kwan Sul, Hap Ki Yu Kwon Sul and eventually Hapkido. 

 

“Hap” is harmony or balance, “Ki” denotes the essence of power/energy/spirit and “Do” means the way/path/method. The grappling and joint locking techniques of Japanese Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu (developed through Chin’na which evolved from the ch’aun fa of Shaolin) were combined with Korean kicking. Many of the modern kicks used in today's Hapkido were derived from Tae Kyun (Ancient Korean Martial Art) and were added by other Korean Hapkido masters and not part of the original system that was taught by Choi.

 

Hapkido consists of kicks, punches and a variety of throwing, grappling, joint locks and joint breaks. Every method of attack is studied, along with corresponding defensive responses. The student learns how to analyze a threatening situation quickly and, if necessary, to utilize the appropriate self-defense technique. The emphasis is on redirecting the assailants’ aggression and power back toward them by restraining their movement, controlling the body and if necessary, subduing them. Strikes and kicks are similar to those of Karate and Tae Kwon Do, but are more target specific in that they are aimed at vital spots on the human body to include the lower legs and joints. 

Hapkido Libre was founded by Edgardo Perez, it is a hybrid martial arts system that's concepts are based on scientific principles of anatomy, combat tactics and strategy while also giving respect to the philosophies of ancient warrior traditions. The word Libre means free, free from the limitations imposed by other styles of Hapkido. Fancy and unrealistic techniques have been removed and replaced by a core group of techniques that are easy to learn as well as being realistic in a self-defense situation. Hapkido Libre is an extremely realistic and versatile discipline of self-protection. Joint locks are a strong part of the training as well as throwing techniques that are similar to those in Judo but with an emphasis on constant contact. Submission grappling is also incorporated to allow the student a strong familiarization with ground positional control.

THE FOUR FUNDAMENTAL POINTS OF HAPKIDO LIBRE

  1. Striking: Utilizing feet and hands as dynamic striking  weapons by perfecting and properly targeting weak spots of the human body. 

  2. Joint, Arm & Body Locks: Controlling and restraining the opponent's movement and being able to subdue them. 

  3. Weapons: Learn to utilize standard weapons (both blunt & bladed) and to turn mundane objects into effective impact tools. 

  4. Combat Grappling. The opponents ability to utilize their full power becomes extremely limited when you are able to take them to the ground. 

All of the above are designed to help you survive and win the fight. Learn to control your opponent from the first contact to the very end. 

 

DEFENSE TRAINING INSTITUTE  

Hapkido & Guazabara Instructors:

  • Grandmaster Edgardo Perez, KJN. Chief Master Instructor

  • Tekina Sabrina Aiello, SBN. Full Inst. Guazabara & Hapkido 3rd Dan

  • Mr. Dan J. Lambert, SBN. Full Inst. Hapkido 1st Dan

  • Mr. Diego Ayala, SBN. Full Inst. Hapkido 1st Dan

  • Tekina Desiree Perez, SBN. - Full Inst. Guazabara & Hapkido 1st Dan

  • Tekina Efrain Valentin, Full Inst. Guazabara & BJJ Coach & Grappling Consultant

REGISTERED BLACKBELTS:

  • Master Bill Guralnick, SBN. Full Inst.-Guazabara & Hapkido 5th Dan

  • Tekina Sabrina Aiello, SBN. Full Inst. Guazabara & Hapkido 3rd Dan

  • Mr. James Gellner, SBN. Hapkido 3rd Dan

  • Tekina Desiree Perez, SBN. - Full Inst. Guazabara & Hapkido 1st Dan

  • Mr. Glenn Autenrieth, KSN. Hapkido 1st Dan

  • Mr. Alex Guralnick, KSN. Youth Hapkido 

  • Mr. Rudolf "RJ" Viereckl, Jr. KSN. Youth Hapkido

  • Ms. Veronica L. Perez, KSN. Youth Hapkido

  • Mr. Enrique E. Perez, KSN. Youth Hapkido

  • Ms. Lexi Elias, KSN Youth Hapkido

  • Ms. Ashley Neuendorf, KSN Youth Hapkido

  • Ms. Alexis Hodges, KSN Youth Hapkido

  • Mr. Timothy Benz, KSN. Youth Hapkido

  • Tekina Marc A. Arriaga, SBN. Full Inst. Guazabara & Hapkido 

  • Ms. Angelina J. Ariola, KSN. Youth Hapkido

  • Mr. Jason Lambert, KSN. Youth Hapkido

  • Mr. Dan J. Lambert, SBN. Full Inst. Hapkido 1st Dan

  • Mr. Diego Ayala, SBN. Full Inst. Hapkido 1st Dan

 

PHOENIX DRAGON MARTIAL ARTS, WASHINGTON STATE

CHIEF INSTRUCTORS:

  • Tekina David Ventura, CSN-Full Inst. Guazabara & Hapkido 3rd Dan

  • Tekina Meghan Ventura, CSN-Full Inst. Guazabara & Hapkido 3rd Dan

REGISTERED BLACKBELTS:

  • Ms. Ella Ventura, SBN Hapkido

  • Tekina Scott Smasal, Full Inst. Guazabara

  • Tekina Emma Jane Smasal, Full Inst. Guazabara

  • Tekina Stafford A. Conway, SBN Full Inst. Guazabara & Hapkido 

  • Tekina Wendy Conway, Full Inst. Guazabara

  • Ms. Kylie J. Hutton, KSN Youth Hapkido

  • Mr. Darrel D. Chard, SBN Hapkido 2nd Dan

  • Mr. Andrew Halberg, KSN Youth Hapkido

  • Ms. Natasha Zavodny, KSN Youth Hapkido

  • Mr. Angel Mantchev, SBN Hapkido 2nd Dan

  • Ms. Sophia Miller, SBN Hapkido

  • Ms. Jennifer Irvine, SBN Hapkido 2nd Dan

  • Tekina Vanessa Pulsipher, Full Inst. Guazabara

  • Ms. Sydnee Linnane, SBN Hapkido

  • Mr. Kevin Grant, SBN Hapkido

  • Tekina Danny Callahan, Full Inst. Guazabara

  • Tekina Jonny Frojen, Full Inst. Guazabara

  • Ms. Brenna L. Callahan, KSN Youth Hapkido 

  • Mr. Ryerson F. Dougherty, SBN Hapkido

Hapkido-Founder, Dojunim Choi Yong Sool (alternative spelling Choi Young-sul) was the founder of the martial art Hapkido. He was born in today's Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea, and was taken to Japan during the Japanese occupation of Korea when he was eight years old. ALL Hapkido "Kwans", instructors, black belts, and students owe this man their gratitude, his training and vision is why Hapkido exist today.

                                                                

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