| International Daemoo Hapkido Martial Art Association
Master Kwon's Hapkido Karate School
Hapkido - The Art of Coordinated Power
About The Instruction
Hapkido techniques are all taught with an emphasis on actual combat situations. The student is trained to depend upon his reflexes, rather than a set, forced response.
A beginning student's physical condition or ability has no bearing on the study of Hapkido. One starts gradually and the technique becomes strenuous as one's condition improves. This makes the art an ideal total body conditioner.
Once a student is proficient with the basics skills, options are available to learn new techniques which match the student's capability to learn and demonstrate proper execution. There is a strong emphasis on form as well as understanding of the reasons behind the techniques. Students are give opportunities to apply their techniques in light contact sparring where they work with other students of higher and lower levels under the direct supervision of the certified instructors.
Master Kwon is a 9th degree black belt in Hapkido and is internationally recognized. Techniques are taught to each student by master Kwon himself. The classes are lead by the school's Black Belt instructors. All school instructors have been tested and certified by Grandmaster Kwon.
Classes and Individual Instructions
Master Kwon teaches students in classes between 60 and 90 minutes. The first part of the class begins with a series of exercises to build strength and flexibility, followed by group practice covering the basic punching kicking, falling and rolling techniques. Students are then paired with other students of similar level to practice their individual techniques. Master Kwon and his instructors will then review and instruct each student individually. Students learn at least one new technique in each class. Classes end with either more group practice or light contact sparring. Introductory JukDo (Bamboo Sword) and JangBong (Long Staff) training is offered during some classes.
Advancing to the Next Belt
Gups are the different skill levels of the students. Starting with white belt (11th gup), progressing through ten levels which culminate with red belt second stripe (1st gup), and then achieving the distinction of black belt (first dan). These different levels allow the student to have specific skills to learn and reinforce all of the previous techniques. Once a student has achieved black belt, there are ten additional degrees of skill levels.
As students complete the requirements for each belt level, they must appear before Master Kwon and a panel of judges to test their readiness to advance to the next level. To many young students, this experience is one of the first times they have needed to work hard to reach a goal. Tremendous pride comes each time they earn their next belt.