What is Hapkido?

Hapkido is a highly eclectic Korean Martial Arts. It is a form of self-defense that employs joint locks, trap hands and throwing techniques, along with kicking, punching, and striking

Benefits of Hapkido

  • Develops strong physical and mental health
  • Self-discipline
  • Self-confidence
  • Self-defense
  • Strong focus on ethics and integrity


  • Core muscle development
  • Joint flexibility
  • Strength movements
  • Converging and diverging forces

Hapkido History

Choi Yong-Sul

Hapkido was founded in 1951 by Choi Yong-Sul (1904-1986).  It is a form of self-defense that employs joint locks, techniques of other martial arts, as well as kicks, punches, and other striking attacks. Hapkido contains both long and close range fighting techniques, utilizing jumping kicks and percussive hand strikes at longer ranges and pressure point strikes, joint locks, or throws at closer fighting distances. Hapkido emphasizes circular motion, non-resisting movements, and control of the opponent. Hapkido is an eclectichybrid martial art, and different Hapkido schools emphasize different techniques. However, some core techniques are found in each school, and all techniques should follow the three principles of Hapkido: 

Nonresistance (“Hwa”, 화 or 和) → (화 Hwa 和 Harmony)

Circle principle (“Won”, 원 or 圓) → (원 Weon 圓 Circle)

The Water/Flexible principle (“Yu”, 유 or 柳) → (유 Yu 流 Flow)

Hapkido Schedule…

Tuesday & Thursday from 7 – 8PM with Black Belt Instructors Grand Master Hayme Serrato & Master Mark DeLongchamp