Q: What exactly is Hapkido and what can I expect in class?
A: Hapkido is a Korean Martial Art of self- defense. Unlike most martial arts, Hapkido is a complete system teaching kicks, punches, pressure point techniques, throws, joint locks, weapons, free fighting, ki and meditation. Many other martial arts are “hard” – they rely on physical power and are offense oriented. Hapkido is “soft” and defensive, emphasizing throws, twists and pressure point techniques.
Q: What if I don’t have any martial arts experience?
A: No worries. You don’t need any martial arts experience to start Hapkido training. That’s our job… to train you in Hap: The coordination of mind and body. Ki: The inner energy that is created and manifested through “Hap” and Do: The self-controlled and disciplined life necessary to create “Hap” and “Ki”. The system is designed to take people with no previous experience and bring them to a level of proficiency, self-knowledge, and confidence.
Q: Are the classes hard and should I get in shape first?
A: While the classes can be challenging and physically demanding at times, you do not need to get in shape first. Hapkido is suitable for all ages and abilities, regardless of fitness level. In fact, taking classes is the best way to get into shape. Our class format is created to push students but also allow them to progress and reach their goals at a pace they feel comfortable with.
Q: Is the training safe?
A: Safety is our top priority so not only is our facility safe, we also help you build a strong foundation before you climb the Hapkido ladder, so to speak. You decide when and how far you want to progress and what intensity you want. Everyone here is very supportive and helpful in training.