Join Greg Hiltz as he brings the art of Hapkido to Kingston!
Hapkido is an eclectic Korean form of self-defence that employs joint locks, pressure points, ground fighting, kicks, punches, and other striking attacks. Hapkido also studies the use of traditional weapons such as the cane. Hapkido emphasizes circular motion, redirection of force, 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.
The art was adapted from Daito Ryu Aiki Ju-Jutsu as it was taught by Choi Yong-Sool (the founder of Hapkido) when he returned to Korea after World War II, having lived in Japan for 30 years. This system was later combined by Choi´s disciples with kicking and striking techniques of indigenous and contemporary arts such as Taekkyeon, and Tang Soo Do; as well as various throwing techniques and ground fighting from Judo.
Although Hapkido does not traditionally practice any forms, many schools incorporate Hyung, which are equivalent to Okinawan Kata. At Hiltz Hapkido we practice the five Pinan Kata as well as Sanchin, Tensho and Suparinpei Kata found in many Okinawan Karate styles.
The name HAPKIDO is translated as the way of harmonizing with energy.