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Hapkido tournament in Korea.
Also known as Hap Ki Do, Hapki-Do
Focus Hybrid and eclectic
Country of origin Flag of South Korea Korea
Creator Choi Yong Sul
Parenthood primarily Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu
Olympic sport No
Hangul 합기도
Hanja 合氣道
Revised Romanization Hapgido
McCune–Reischauer Hapkido

Hapkido (also spelled hap ki do or hapki-do) is a dynamic and eclectic Korean martial art. It is a form of self-defense that employs joint locks, techniques of other martial arts, as well as common unskilled attacks. There is also the use of traditional weapons, including the short stick, cane, rope, nunchucku, sword, and staff which vary in emphasis depending on the particular tradition examined.

Hapkido contains both long and close range fighting techniques, utilizing dynamic kicking and percussive hand strikes at longer ranges and pressure point strikes, jointlocks, or throws 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.


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