Learn about Hapkido

“The philosophy of Hapkido stems from three basic principles.”

“The first is non-resistance. Yield to your opponent by meeting force with minimum force to deflect and not clash with your opponent’s power. The second is circular motion. This is the use of circular, fluid, flowing movements, as opposed to linear movements. The third is water principle. This is defined as total penetration of an opponent’s defenses through continual attack. Instead of opposing force with force, Hapkido completes the opponent’s movement by “accepting his flow of energy as he aims it”, and defeats him by “borrowing his own force.”

In order to reconcile oneself to the changing movements of the opponent, the Hapkido student should first of all understand the true meaning of Um and Yang, the basic structure of Hapkido. Hapkido is based on the symbol of Um and Yang, a pair of mutually complimentary and interdependent forces that act continuously, without cessation, in this universe. Um and Yang is one inseparable force of one unceasing interplay of movement. They are conceived of as essentially one, or as two coexisting forces of one indivisible whole.” (from Master Kim’s web site)

Mr. Ohm and Mr. Kasparek are students of Master Michael Sanchez. Master Sanchez is the Director of Universal Hapkido in South Dakota and Puerto Rico. Ohm and Kasparek work closely with Master Sanchez in the instruction and development of Hapkido in South Dakota. You are welcome to join us at any time for Hapkido classes and we would be happy to come to your location to teach Hapkido seminars. 


1-Mr. Kasparek and Mr. Ohm practice Hapkido shoulder lock and throw.

2- G. Ohm demonstrates how to ‘fall’ over an obstacle.

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