The Hapkido program at Han Mi Martial Arts is meant for men and women looking for self-defense training rather than a sport experience. We deal with the martial aspect of martial arts; that is, how do deal with someone seeking to cause you harm. Training is rigorous and difficult without apology.
While our environment is always positive and welcoming, our Hapkido program is meant for people interested in practical and relevant martial arts that hasn’t lost sight of its roots. At higher levels of training, use of short stick (meant to simulate a flashlight or small club), rope, middle sized club, knife, and close defense against firearms are commonplace. Children under 12 are only accepted into the Hapkido program with special permission due to the nature of the training.
A typical Hapkido class includes warm-up exercises, stretching, falling practice, striking, self-defense techniques, and grappling or striking sparring.
History of Hapkido
Hapkido is a martial art from Korea that combines practical striking with standing grapples (arm bar, wrist locks, chokes, etc). Many modern Hapkido schools, like ours, also bring wrestling/ground training into their curriculums. Developed in the 1950s and still mandatory for all South Korean police, Hapkido is one of the first mixed martial arts – bringing together Daito Ryu Jujitsu with the Korean kicking art known as TaeKyon as well as punching, elbow strikes, and knee strikes. Our curriculum and certifications are through one of the oldest and largest Hapkido organizations in the world: the International Hapkido Federation founded by Myung Jae-nam. Han Mi Martial Arts is the only Hapkido school in the Damascus & Clarksburg area.