Hapkido Philosophy


Hapkido is a dynamic and also eclectic Korean martial art. It is a form of self-defence that employs joint locks, techniques of other martial arts, as well as kicks, punches, and other striking attacks. There is also the use of traditional weapons, including a sword, rope, nunchaku,cane, short stick, and staff (gun, bō) which vary in emphasis depending on the particular tradition examined.

Hapkido contains both long and close range fighting techniques, utilizing jumping kicks and percussive hand strikes at longer ranges and pressure point strikes, joint locks, throws with ground grappling techniques at closer fighting distances.

Hapkido emphasizes circular motion, non-resisting movements, and control of the opponent. Practitioners seek to gain advantage through footwork and body positioning to employ leverage, avoiding the use of strength against strength.

Hapkido is based on three important basic principles

Hapkido teaches great self-defence techniques against stranger, various attacks and bullies for your child. Lok’s Hapkido School also teaches how to deal with stranger and introduce ‘Stranger Danger’ awareness and Training.

Our students receives international certified certification from The Korean New Martial Arts Federation accepted worldwide.

Circular Motion (The principle of the circle)
Circular Motion
(The principle of the circle)

All movements are round. The Hapkido fighter moves as inside a ball. Influencing forces are rerouted from the outside and neutralized at the surface of the “ball”.

Water Principle (The principle of the river)
Water Principle
(The principle of the river)

As the river, which adapts extremely flexibly to the landscape and nevertheless in the moment the buildup develops an enormous strength, Hapkido also sensitively reacts to his opponent, in order to let his “Ki” flow by the technique into the opponent in the crucial moment.

Non-resistance (The principle of influence)
(The principle of influence)

By lightning movements, which hardly can be noticed the aggressor is arranged to reflex counter movements, which then are used in a subsequent technique.

Anatomical Striking/Pressure Points/Pain Compliance

The “Tactical Pressure Points”(TPP) program was developed to enhance the effectiveness of Hapkido self-defence system's core curriculum of manipulations of an attacker's body by targeting vulnerable areas, weak points, pressure point (kup sul), or vital points of the body to produce significant pain or other effects.

This form of target striking is called pain compliance and generally, but not always, leads to an immediate response by the attacker. This response can then be taken to transition into another technique from the Hapkido curriculum.

This material has also been specifically designed and modified for the Law-enforcement community, called “open hand tactics” and is taught as part of Police Defensive Tactics course and Security Agents.


The Hapkido Trapping system is designed to be the blocking and parry method of the Hapkido system since Hapkido does not use the "Traditional" hard blocks of the Traditional martial arts. The Trapping system is designed to become reactionary and reflexive and not to impede or stop incoming attacks. The techniques and drills in this system are based to develop specific technical attribute of Hapkido and blend drills and techniques. This Trapping system is a way to gain advantage over an opponent by manipulating them to accomplish a finishing technique, such as strikes, joint-locks, and throws or to simply buy time to escape.