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Old 06-24-2003, 10:02 AM   #1
C. Emerson
Dojo: Emerson's Martial Arts
Location: Denver, Co
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 97
Hapkido, anyone?

Hi, I'm new on the board. I'm a Hapkido instructor, who loves all m.a. and can relate with Aiki people. Anyone one else like myself on this board?

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Old 06-24-2003, 11:27 AM   #2
Lyle Bogin
Dojo: Shin Budo Kai
Location: Manhattan
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 588
Hapkido is a fascinating and diverse art.

Do you have a clear cut curriculum? I find many hapkido instructors have a kind of "go with the flow" style of teaching, which I think is a reflection of the flexibility of the art itself.

"The martial arts progress from the complex to the simple."
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Old 06-24-2003, 12:07 PM   #3
Greg Jennings
Dojo: S&G BJJ
Location: Springboro, OH
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 1,125
Hi Chad,

Welcome to AikiWeb.

I don't do Hapkido, but, like you, I like all martial arts. I'm a big fan of low-line kicks and just wish I did them better.


Greg Jennings
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Old 06-24-2003, 01:55 PM   #4
Join Date: Sep 2001
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No, sorry, this is a forum for dog breeders anonymous.

It appears you've got the wrong board.
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Old 06-24-2003, 03:48 PM   #5
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Dojo: Aikido of Petaluma, Petaluma,CA
Join Date: Jan 2003
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Chad there's a guy at my dojo who also teaches Hapkido. in Aikido he's 2nd kyu so he has good background in each art. I'll let him know about you.


"It is not wise to be incautious when confronting a little smiling bald man"'- Rule #1
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Old 06-24-2003, 04:12 PM   #6
Eric Joyce
Dojo: Budoshingikan
Location: Gilbert, AZ
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 179
Hey Chad

I used to Hapkido before doing Aikido. Hapkido is some pretty cool stuff. Love the kicks (can't do them that well) but it was fun. The school I went to really didn't have a set curriculum, which I always found odd. Good stuff though.
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Old 06-24-2003, 09:12 PM   #7
Location: Indonesia
Join Date: Mar 2001
Posts: 245
Hi Chad,

There're a few folks around Aikiweb who've practiced one of the many varieties of hapkido. I used to train in hapkido, and even played instructor on occasion. The typical hapkido syllabus is huge, and IMHO, often quite unwieldy...although I did like the philosophy of the style I trained under, which was basically "use whatever works for you, baby." That's probably why a few of us have wandered off into other arts, like Bajichuan, BJJ, Japanese koryu and yes, even aikido.

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Old 06-24-2003, 10:34 PM   #8
C. Emerson
Dojo: Emerson's Martial Arts
Location: Denver, Co
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 97
Thanks for all of your replys. Yes there is a curriculum and yes it does change as I change. There is a core set of ideals with Hapkido, but it does change a little from instructor to instructor. For instance, I'm 6'3 205 lbs, I don't teach alot of traditional throws. I can do them, but not very well in randori. I find it very difficult to get down that low for a lot of the throws. Sacrifice throws are fine, but hip and shoulder throws are not natural for me.

Great stuff,

Chad Emerson
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