ABOUT TACTICAL HAPKIDO...
Tactical Hapkido (Chon Sul Kwan) is officially recognized and accredited as a legitimate "Kwan" of Hapkido by the World Korean Martial Arts Union
Tactical Hapkido is a system of self-defense that include joint locks, kicks, strikes, and weapons disarms - without the traditional stances or hyungs (forms - kata's).
Tactical Hapkido is based on biomechanics and scientific principles.
Tactical Hapkido is not a new martial art, but a style within the Hapkido family.
We use low kicks, effective strikes, joint locks, and trapping.
Many acrobatic traditional Hapkido techniques, which may prove impractical in a real world scenario, have been removed, including acrobatic break falls, jump/spinning kicks, and other riskier techniques.
You learn a reality-based self-defense. Here we say, “Don’t fight - stop t!”
What's In A Name?
The word Tactical means planning or maneuvering to accomplish a purpose - to win in combat.
The literal translation of the word Hapkido is actually a compression of three distinct words.
Hap - to combine, to unite, to coordinate, to harmonize.
Ki - internal strength, life force, power, dynamic energy. (Please note that the THA does not teach "Ki" in the typical eastern sense. This definition is simply noted here as an explanation of the origin of the word "hapkido").
Do - the way, the system, the method.
The Universal Theories of Hapkido are:
The Water Principle
Teaches the student to penetrate the defense of the attacker by "Flowing" in, over, around, and under.
The Circular Motion Principle
Teaches the student how to gain and impart momentum by moving in a circular manner. By redirecting the attack in a circular direction the student controls the balance and kinetic energy of the attacker.
The Nonresistance (or Harmony) Principle
Teaches the student to remain relaxed, flexible (not tense), and to not meet force with force.
These are the principles that Tactical Hapkido is based on and teaches.
A NOTE ABOUT CHILDREN
Because the moves and joint locks we teach could cause great injury if misused - as a rule we do not teach tactical hapkido to younger children.
For a child under 12 to be considered for training in this art, we would need to conduct a personal interview with the potential student and their parents. Taken into consideration would be the student's maturity, demeanor, and even academic records.
My son has taken Hapkido since he was 10 years old. He is now a High Blue Belt and has had no problems whatsoever. Please understand that not all children have the maturity level or self control needed to handle this art.
IFor younger kids we can recommend several local martial arts schools that specialize in training children.