Thursday, January 1, 2009


Yongmudo Hapkido is not a sport; rather, it is a self-defense martial art which makes use of wrist twists, joint locks, strikes, kicks, grappling and falls and rolls.

Where do the techniques come from? The wrist twists and joint locks originate from Daito-Ryu Ju-Jitsu, and may be of the hard or soft variety, depending on the individual and the situation. The grappling, or matwork, techniques are also derived from jiujitsu, though it is much more based on one of its modern derivations, judo, and from advances made by Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA practitioners. Judo is also where Yongmudo Hapkido gets its throws, though the style of application is somewhat different than sport Judo. Much of the kicking style is from Taekwondo while striking techniques are from Taekwondo, boxing and other arts.

We hope this description assists in your understanding of, if not "Hapkido," then Yongmudo Hapkido as it is taught at UC San Diego. In case you were curious, Hapkido does not have any forms (Poomse, Kata, etc.); though we do use the "16-step" and "counterthrow" excercises.

Click below if you want:
The 16-step and Counterthrows
Vocabulary used in Hapkido

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