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Hapkido techniques are dynamic and powerful and combine a variety of methods to create an effective system of self-defence. From joint locks and throws to strikes and pressure points, Hapkido techniques offer a complete and well-rounded approach to martial arts training.

Whether you’re looking to improve your physical fitness, learn self-defence skills, or simply have fun, Hapkido techniques have something to offer. The practice of Hapkido emphasizes fluid movements and natural body mechanics, making it accessible and enjoyable for practitioners of all ages and abilities.

Hapkido Kicks

There are a wide variety of kicks in hapkido makes it distinctly Korean. Taekwondo kicks are similar to many of the kicks found in Hapkido, though the Hapkido kicks are more of a circular motion.

Hapkido also uses a variety of low (below the waist) kicks that Hook or Sweep. The most distinctive being the low spinning heel kick.

  • Axe Kick or Heel Down Kick – “Naeryeo-Chagi” in Korean
  • Back Kick – “Dwi-Chagi” in Korean
  • Back Side Kick
  • Crescent Kick (Inside & Outside) – “Bandal-Chagi” in Korean
  • Front Snap Kick or Front Kick – “Ap-Chagi” in Korean
  • Front Thrust Kick or Push Kick – “Ap-Miro-Chagi” in Korean
  • Hook Kick or Heel Kick – “Huryeo-Chagi” in Korean
  • Knee Strike – “Mur Chigi” in Korean
  • Low Spinning Sweep Kick
  • Roundhouse Kick or Turn Kick – “Dollyo-Chagi” in Korean
  • Scoop Kick
  • Side Kick – “Yop-Chagi” in Korean
  • Hapkido Shin Kick or Scoop Kick To Shin
  • Slap Kick – “Beakya Chagi” in Korean
  • Sliding Front Kick or Hopping Front Kick, Skipping Front Kick, etc.
  • Sliding Roundhouse Kick or Hopping Roundhouse Kick, Skipping Roundhouse Kick, etc.
  • Sliding Side Kick or Hopping Side Kick, Skipping Side Kick, etc. – “Mikulgi Yeop-Chagi” in Korean
  • Spinning Heel Kick or Spinning Hook Kick – “Dwi-Huryeo-Chagi” in Korean

Hapkido Strikes

Here is a list of common Hapkido Hand Strikes

  • Back Fist – “Doong Chumok Chigi” in Korean
  • Elbow Strike – “Palkoop Chigi” in Korean
  • Finger Strike – “Nun Chigi” in Korean
  • Hammer Fist – “Me Chumok Chigi” in Korean
  • Hook Punch – “Gullgi Chigi” in Korean
  • Jab – “Ap Jirugi” in Korean
  • Knife Hand Strike – “Son Nal Chigi” in Korean
  • Palm Heel Strike – “Ba Tang Son Chigi” in Korean
  • Reverse Punch – “Bandae Jirugi” in Korean
  • Ridge Hand Strike – “Yuk Su Chigi” in Korean
  • Spear Hand Strike – “Kwan Su Chigi” in Korean
  • Tiger Claw
  • Upper Cut

Hapkido Throws

The throws of Hapkido are made up of four primary applications:

  1. Deflective Throw
  2. Body Throw
  3. Joint Lock Throw
  4. Airborne Throw

Each of Hapkido’s throwing techniques is applied in a unique manner and each is designed to be used against a specific type of attack.

Hapkido Locks

Hapkido Break Falls

Hapkido Weapons

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