Training in Hapkido
Hapkido employs both long-range and close-range fighting techniques, utilising kicks and hand strikes at longer range, elbow and knee attacks at intermediate range, and joint locks, take-downs and throws at close in fighting range. In addition, Hapkido also teaches the use of everyday items as self defence tools.
Hapkido emphasises circular motion, redirection of force, and control of the opponent. Hapkido practitioners seek to gain advantage over their opponents through footwork and body positioning, avoiding the use of brute strength against brute strength.
Hapkido is a very comprehensive martial art that will enable you to be able to defend yourself in a relatively short space of time but will also take you a lifetime to master. It takes approximately 4 to 5 years to earn a 1st Dan Black Belt in Hapkido and after you earn your black belt there is much more that you can learn. So it is really a martial art for life.
Our Monday and Thursday Hapkido classes are 90 minutes long and are split into two 45 minute segments.
The first 45 minutes covers cardio exercises, stretching exercises and Hapkido striking techniques before finishing with free sparring. The second 45 minutes covers our core Hapkido syllabus consisting of falling techniques, patterns, self-defence drills, self-defence techniques and finishes with self-defence drills under pressure (non-compliance).
Our Tuesday and Wednesday Hapkido classes are in a shorter format but still cover all of the main aspects of the longer classes (Tuesday - 75 minutes and Wednesday two back to back 45 minute classes reflecting Class Instructor availability).
Hapkido Black Belt Class
We run a class for Hapkido Black Belts every second Monday (alternating our Pressure Point Combatives class) to enable our black belts to train in advanced Hapkido techniques. This is run concurrently with the first part of our main Monday night Hapkido class.