All Hapkido techniques cover offensive and defensive situations, against single and multiple attackers from standing, ground and airborne positions. Stances are transitional from defensive, relaxed and attacking stances. There are roughly 4000 techniques covered throughout the original Hapkido curriculum, which when intuitively combined can create thousands of variations. Even an experienced martial artist of any style is sure to learn a wealth of knowledge at HCA.
Hapkido techniques fall into three basic categories:
Empty hands against empty hands
Empty hands against weapons
Weapons against weapons
These are broken down into the following groups:
|Empty Hands Against Empty HandsDefence Against Punches and Hand StrikesDefence Against KicksDefence Against Uniform GrabsDefence Against Body Holds|
(eg. wrist, hair, bear hug etc.)Defence Against ChokesDefence Against Joint LocksDefence Against ThrowsGround DefencesDefence Using One or No ArmsAttacking TechniquesDefence Against Multiple Attackers
|Against WeaponsKnifeShort-StickTowel/Belt/RopeLong StaffCaneSwordHandgun|
Collectively the above categories are broken down again by the following seven technique areas:
Avoiding & Parrying
Hand & Arm Blocks
Kicks used to Block
6. Internal Breathing and Meditation
Various forms of breathing and meditation are used to focus the mind, increase concentration, enhance physical performance, and improve health. Many breathing stances throughout our curriculum are performed from traditional stances such as eagle, falcon and nae ga shin jang.
Basic first aid and revival techniques are attained at Instructor level whereas more sophisticated healing techniques are acquired at Master level through the study of a specific healing art of choice such as massage, chiropractic or acupuncture.