What is Hapkido?


Hapkido is the modern name of Korean Martial Arts which has been called Bisul, Yusul, Yukonsul, and Yawara, that has been developed over about twenty centuries in Korea. The most important fact about Hapkido as a martial art is that it is not only a superior art of self-defense, but also helps to develop the components of psychomotor domain to its practitioners.


The trainee of Hapkido gives an individual the mental attitude of modesty which is fundamentally based on self-confidence. The founder of modern Hapkido is Choi Young Sool. Choi Young Sool with Ji Han Jai, Won Kwang Wha, Suh In Syuk, and Kim Moo-ung were interested in revitalizing a unique Korean art of self-defense system, with the emphasis on a free-fighting combat technique using punching, kicking, throwing, locking, choking, and weaponing to repel an opponent.


Hapkido training is composed of basic training, patterned sequence movement including weapons and kyoruki (sparring). The Moo Sul Kwan Arts Institute has been affiliated with the Hapkido committee in American Martial Arts Sports and Education Association and International Council on Martial Arts Education.