UPDATE APRIL 2015
Winter is Coming and with it the end to a lot of people's physical actvitiy as they go inside for 6 months and do nothing.
Most new members join our Academy between now and late Spring. This is because it gets them and their children away from the TV or off their smartphones and into a positive form of physical activity that goes beyond merely just physical fitness or learning self-defence skills.
So to help you and your children get off the sofa sign up to any of our Hapkido or Hakido based classes for three months and get a free uniform.
As a self-defence and martial arts instructor I get asked a lot about when it is appropriate to use martial arts skills.
When you see a situation developing that threatens either you or somebody else, you should do everything in your power to stop it from getting to the point where you have to use either striking techniques or improvised weapons. The first action you must always take is to try to de-escalate the situation without having to resort to force and a lot of our training focuses on this. If this fails you can then resort to physically neutralising the attacker. This is usually at the point at which you or somebody else is attacked.
When someone attacks you, you can only respond with "reasonable force". This means that whatever action you take needs to be appropriate for the threat you or others face. The beauty of Hapkido say over a striking only style is that you have a range of less damaging options that you can try to stop a threat with first. Throwing somebody to the ground or restraining them in a joint lock or a hold is better than causing them serious physical injury. But against a determined attacker to is out to seriously hurt you or others, Hapkido also has this option if need be.
However it is always much harder to justify using a greater level of force than a lesser level of force in the aftermath of a self defence situation. We also teach self defence techniques in a progressive manner so if you are ever called on to use your Hapkido skills, you can do so safely in the knowledge that whatever skill you have to use will work appropriately and justifiably for whatever the situation calls for.
Also, as you gain skill and confidence as you move up the Hapkido grades, you will also gain the ability to deal with situations using less force than the situation may actually legally justify. This is not only good from the legal point of view but also for your own mental well-being. Most people in the aftermath of a self defence situation don't feel good about it even though they might have done the right thing and come through unscathed. Dealing with a situation with the least amount of force possible also helps in this regard.
Korea Trip 2015
This is scheduled for October 2015 and allows our members to travel to the home of Hapkido and take part in training alongside other Hapkidoists from around the world under some of Hapkido's greatest instructors. The Academy is preparing to send a dozen or so members Korea to take part in this and also the World Hapkido Championships.
Academy Grading Dates
- Tuesday 14th April from 5 PM - Junior Hapkido and all Adult grades.
- Tuesday 12th May from 5 PM - Junior Hapkido and all Adult grades.
- Tuesday 9th June from 5 PM - Junior Hapkido and all Adult grades.