Hapkido is a Korean hybrid self-defence form, combining techniques from Karate, Aikido, Judo, and other Korean arts. Whilst its trademark techniques are joint locks and some rather dynamic throws, Hapkido also employs kicks and strikes, as well as traditional weapons work.
Due to its versatility, Hapkido is a popular method of self-defence, and like Wing Chun Kung Fu, training involves learning techniques to deal with a range of different situations. While Hapkido is technically very different from Wing Chun, both martial arts adopt the same principle of yielding to the greater force, and of using an opponents’ own force against them.
Interestingly, in his film Game of Death, one of Wing Chun legend Bruce Lee’s opponents was Hapkido Grandmaster Ji Han-Jae.
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