Hap Ki Do is an ancient Korean fighting system which sprang from the same roots as Tae Kwon Do. However, there are several differences between the two arts. Hap Ki Do means the art (DO) of coordinating (Hap) energy or power (Ki). It is an art which balances “hard” and “soft”, “linear” and “circular”, “resistance” and “acceptance”. Hap Ki Do unifies the arts of TaeKwonDo, Karate, along with TaiChi and Judo. It is based on the principles of both the hard and soft styles, permitting a great range of techniques and increased flexibility of responses to an attack. In all, there are over 5,000 different techniques that comprise the martial art of Hap Ki Do.
THE ART OF TAE KWON DO
What is Tae Kwon Do?
Tae Kwon Do is the name of the Korean art many people think of as Karate (Japanese for “empty hand”). It is a popular sport throughout the world, but it has much more to offer than just entertainment or physical fitness. Tae Kwon Do contains a philosophy, a code of ethics, a set of values that can be literally be called a way of life. Tae Kwon Do is called an “art” for several reasons. As with any other form of art, Tae Kwon Do requires time, patience, and diligent practice to perform the techniques with skill.
When performed correctly, the movements are graceful, coordinated, and aesthetically beautiful. Tae Kwon Do allows room for improvement, as no one can perform each techniques perfectly each time. There is always room for growth and creativity. In TaeKwonDo, the techniques can be adapted, added to, or created to meet any circumstance.
How would Tae Kwon Do benefit me?
The benefits of martial arts training are endless for both children and adults. To become skilled in the techniques of TaeKwonDo, one must develop the ability to create power by utilizing the elements of speed, energy, and control. Many people also take up TaeKwonDo for the purpose of self-defense. Tae Kwon Do not only improves your physical well-being, it also promotes good mental-health and increases one’s confidence, adequacy, and self-esteem. Children and adults learn the importance of discipline, self-control, and respect for others.
THE ART OF HAP KI DO