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Hapkido – A Traditional Korean Art

Hapkido – A Traditional Korean Art

Yeoboseyo, everyone! If you’re a Westerner, you’ve probably heard Korea is famous for the martial art, Taekwondo. But it’s only been around since the 1940s! (Though the ancient art its derived from, taekkyon, has been around for millennia.) Hapkido, on the other hand, has been around for 1300 years and has dojos all over the U.S.. Even better, the U.S. military itself uses hapkido in training soldiers because of its versatility, effectiveness, and viability on the battlefield.

Why? Unlike most martial arts, hapkido employs sticks, knives, swords, canes, staffs, and more. Combined with these are judo-esque throws, grapples, and locks. But unlike judo and weapons arts, hapkido also uses precision strikes, like targeted hand strikes and kicks to pressure points on the body.

Hapkido is even popular among American celebrities, with A-list actors and actresses having trained in this traditional Korean art, including Ashton Kutcher, Taylor Lautner, and the badasses Jason Statham and Wesley Snipes.

If you’re now interested in learning the art and enrolling in your nearest hapkido dojo, check out this detailed reality video of two men on their journey to learning a bit of hapkido:

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