Hapkido, "the way of coordinated power" is an eclectic Korean form of self-defense that employs joint locking, grappling and throwing techniques as well as kicks, punches and other striking attacks. It contains both long and close range fighting techniques, utilizing jumping kicks and percussive hand strikes at longer ranges and pressure point strikes, joint locks, and throws at close fighting distances.
Hapkido emphasizes circular motion, redirection of force and control of the opponent while avoiding the use of strength against strength. There are no forms taught in Hapkido but a huge variety of "what if" techniques practiced in a "step sparring" manner for safety. Weapons presented include knife, sword, rope, flail, cane, short stick and middle length staff. Emphasis is given to the development of Internal Energy and the utilization of it for fighting in the "Way of Coordinated Power”.