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Hapkido.

A brief history.

From ancient roots to modernity Hapkido is one of the few true forms of self-defence practical and relevant for today.

Hapkido – A precise history of Hapkido can never really be established.  While it is natural to seek to understand the roots of one’s martial art, what is important is commitment to and perseverance in training, to develop good self-defence technique and good personal values.

Despite various claims, one should understand that the art of Hapkido was not created or invented by a single individual.   It is impossible for one person to invent an art so vast and complex. Suffice to say that Hapkido techniques have evolved as part of the history of the Korean people over many centuries.  The evolution of the techniques can be traced back as far as 3 A.D. when Korea was divided into three kingdoms called: Koguryu, Paekche and Silla.  Martial arts were developed and practised during this time, primarily for the protection of the royalty/nobles and were also practised by Buddhist monks.

Hapkido techniques have gradually been adapted and perfected in response to the culture of the time. After the end of the Japanese colonisation of the Korean peninsula (1910-1945) slowly Korean martial arts begun to be rediscovered. The name “Hapkido” was first used by Choi Yong Sool in 1958 (pictured right), as a title for the collection of techniques that he had organised into a system.  He combined elements from the extensive range of old Korean self-defence techniques and the philosophies of the Korean people to form the system we know today as Hapkido.

Since then Hapkido has become very popular.   In some cases it has divided into derivatives  with different names, such as Tukong Moosul, Hwarangdo, Hanmudo,  Kuksulwon and Hwarang Moosul just to name a few. Highly respected Grand Master Myung Jae-nam (pictured left) refined a system of Hapkido with dynamic circular motion, called ‘Hankido’.

Hapkido continues to evolve according to the efforts of many masters and Hapkido organisations such as: Korea Moo Moo Kwan Hapkido Association (see below); The Korea Hapkido Federation; and International Hapkido Association.

So what is Hapkido?

Hapkido is a unique Korean Martial Art.  Rather than just sport, traditional Hapkido focuses on self defence training methods as a means for physical, mental and spiritual improvement (self development). 

The literal translation of Hapkido is “The art (or way) of co-ordinated power.” Alternatively it is translates as “the art (or way [do]) of harmonising [hap] with universal energy [ki].”  Ki (Universal energy) is the power of nature. The aims of the Hapkido practitioner are two-fold: to obtain healthy mind and body through spiritual and physical development from positive thought and physical training.

There are three elements to Hapkido technique:

  1. Yu – water principle: flow like water.
  2. Won – circle principle: move in circular motion.
  3. Hwa – harmony principles.

While learning Hapkido the student acquires numerous skills such as hand, foot and weapons techniques, together with personal improvements such as positive thinking and self-control.  

Hapkido is not limited to punching and kicking like many martial arts.   It is a complete means of self-defence with minimum violence and optimal control of the opponent.  The techniques include joint locks, pressure points, take downs and restraints, as well as the punching and kicking. From the point of view of the ordinary person Hapkido may appear to be only self-defence.  However, the art consists of procedures for both attack and defence.  

Hapkido is a suitable means of fitness and self-defence for men and women of all ages.

What is Hapkido? Hapkido is a complete and effective martial art that originated in Korea.  It has ancient roots but continues to be developed by present day masters to be relevant and responsive to the modern world. 

Hapkido has developed as a unique Korean martial art with various influences according to the history and geography of the Korean Peninsula. Compared to other martial arts it occupies the middle ground between soft styles such as Aikido, Judo, Jiu Jutsu and hard styles such as Karate, Taekwondo, and some styles of Kung fu.

Including defensive and offensive techniques, Hapkido training develops skills and confidence to deal with any situation. Additionally at senior levels students have the opportunity to study traditional weapons such as the cane, fan, staff and sword.

Korea Moo Moo Kwan Hapkido Association

Korea and World Moomookwan Hapkido Association (KMMKHA), founded in 1963, is the oldest modern continuous Hapkido school, and has become one of the world’s leading Hapkido schools and federations. As a world leading Hapkido federation KMMKHA is thriving, hosting regular world championships, instructors  seminars and events globally for all Hapkido practitioners. 

Melbourne Hapkido Academy welcomes any other organisation, school or student to contact us to join Moo Moo Kwan.  

Melbourne Hapkido Academy roots began when Grand Master Craig Cairney started martial arts training at a young age in Wollongong NSW. He began Taekwondo training in 1979 and established a branch in the area by 1989.

Grand Master Cairney then started his Hapkido journey after relocating to Melbourne in 1993.  Melbourne Hapkido Academy was established by Grand Master Cairney in 2001.  In 2005 Melbourne Hapkido Academy moved to a full-time permanent training centre.

Then in 2013 Grand Master Cairney built Melbourne Hapkido Academy’s current permanent training centre.  Grand Master Cairney invites you to train with him and everyone at Melbourne Hapkido Academy in learning the ultimate martial art – Hapkido

Melbourne Hapkido Academy is affiliated with the Korea Moo Moo Kwan Hapkido Association.

 


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ONE new official infection (from 11936 tests) - possibly ZERO (0) cases today. THANK YOU everyone for all your efforts. The downward infection trend is with us. 

THANK YOU to ALL VICTORIANS for you wonderful efforts. 

https://martialartsmelbourne.com.au/

2 days ago

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안녕하서Annyeonghaseo,

After Sunday announcement by the State Government we have to wait a little longer. We thank all Victorians for getting us to where we are today by doing the right thing. Our efforts have saved our health system and us from a lot of the misery many parts of the world is experiencing. But we will have to struggle a little bit longer. We hope to continue to see these wonderful low transmission numbers [of less than four (4) infections per day] and hope we can reopen sooner [because of our ongoing collective efforts].
THANK YOU to everyone for your wonderful enduring support🙏.

It is not cold and flu season anymore, therefore if you have any signs of a cold or flu please get COVID tested ASAP.

COVID updates: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/
Beyond Blue: phone 1300 22 4636 www.beyondblue.org.au/
Lifeline: phone 13 11 14, www.lifeline.org.au/
Kids Help Line: phone 1800 55 1800 kidshelpline.com.au/

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안녕하서Annyeonghaseo,

After Sunday announcement by the State Government we have to wait a little longer. We thank all Victorians for getting us to where we are today by doing the right thing. Our efforts have saved our health system and us from a lot of the misery many parts of the world is experiencing. But we will have to struggle a little bit longer. We hope to continue to see these wonderful low transmission numbers [of less than four (4) infections per day] and hope we can reopen sooner [because of our ongoing collective efforts]. 
THANK YOU to everyone for your wonderful enduring support🙏.

It is not cold and flu season anymore, therefore if you have any signs of a cold or flu please get COVID tested ASAP.

COVID updates: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/
Beyond Blue: phone 1300 22 4636 https://www.beyondblue.org.au/
Lifeline: phone 13 11 14, https://www.lifeline.org.au/
Kids Help Line: phone 1800 55 1800 https://kidshelpline.com.au/

https://martialartsmelbourne.com.au

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3 weeks ago

Melbourne Hapkido Academy

안녕하서Annyeonghaseo,
Some positive news in Victoria with lifting of some restrictions earlier. We are so happy that kids are going back to primary school on the 12th October. Step 3 date has been brought forward to the 19th October. Hang in there, we are all doing the right thing, nearly there everyone, let us hope that the November Step 4 date can be earlier than the 23rd. Keep safe, keep well.
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안녕하서Annyeonghaseo,
Some positive news in Victoria with lifting of some restrictions earlier. We are so happy that kids are going back to primary school on the 12th October. Step 3 date has been brought forward to the 19th October. Hang in there, we are all doing the right thing, nearly there everyone, let us hope that the November Step 4 date can be earlier than the 23rd. Keep safe, keep well.
https://martialartsmelbourne.com.au
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Master Boon.

3 months ago

Melbourne Hapkido Academy

안녕하서Annyeonghaseo,
With most of Melbourne’s schools going back to online learning for the rest of the year, more than ever we need to support our teachers, school admin and school communities. It is tough. We thank all teachers and staff for supporting our kids education.
깜사함니다 from all at Melbourne Hapkido Academy.

안녕하서Annyeonghaseo,
With most of Melbournes schools going back to online learning for the rest of the year, more than ever we need to support our teachers, school admin and school communities. It is tough. We thank all teachers and staff for supporting our kids education.
깜사함니다 from all at Melbourne Hapkido Academy.

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