HAPKIDO is a Korean martial art known as "The Way of Coordinated Power and Spirit". It was founded by Choi Yong Sool (1904-1986). “Hap” is harmony or coordinated, “Ki” denotes the essence of power/energy/spirit and “Do” means the way/path/method. Hapkido is a modern blend of Korean kicking, striking and weapons systems of Tae Kyun (Ancient Korean Martial Art) and the grappling and joint locking techniques of Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu (developed through Chin’na which evolved from the ch’aun fa of Shaolin).
Choi had learned Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu from its headmaster Sokaku Takeda while living in Japan from 1915 to 1945. The system 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. 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. The grappling and throwing techniques in Hapkido are similar to those in Judo and Jiu-jitsu, the joint locks strongly resemble and are most likely related to Shaolin Chin'Na Fa.
CAN MY CHILD EARN A BLACK BELT? Yes. This is a full training program. After the completion of every phase of training your child will earn a certificate for that level along with the corresponding belt. This will be repeated until the Youth Hapkido ”Black belt” is earned. Children are taught Youth Hapkido, a system of Hapkido specifically designed for children to prepare them for the dynamic techniques they will later learn as adults..
What Is The Main Goal of the Youth Hapkido Program? One Word: ESCAPE!
The overall purpose of this program is to teach children about the possibility of potentially dangerous situations and how to escape from them. First teaching a wide variety of techniques that include kicks, hand strikes and joint manipulation. During the process of this training the youth is run through a series of simulations with adult instructors to test there knowledge of there new acquired skills.
Why Train in the martial arts?
Martial Arts training will help them develop honor, discipline, and dignity, courtesy and respect, both for themselves and others. Learning the Martial Arts has helped many children succeed at home; in school; and in life.
Self-Defense vs. Sport Martial Arts
Please consider that although those items mentioned above serve to enhance the quality of our children's personality, many can be obtained elsewhere. ONLY through the martial arts can self-defense be employed. Ultimately this should be the goal of all martial arts institutions. Many martial arts organizations teach sports and not true self-defense or they teach some form of self-defense along with the stronger emphasis on sports. The martial arts training that is offered here at DTI is not a sport nor is it taught as one.