Hapkido – The Way of Unifying Energy

Hapkido is versatile, reality-based discipline of self-protection, self-defense, and self-preservation that includes a variety of strikes, kicks, joint locks, and pressure points in addition to grappling, throwing, and disarming techniques. The result is a practical & comprehensive personal protection system that is enjoyable to learn and produces effective results in realistic situations.

Hapkido uses body positioning, rotation, fluid movement, and leverage to deal with a physically imposing opponent. Because of this, the style is well suited for men, women, and teens from all walks of life. Prior physical strength and athletic abilities are not essential, however fitness and flexibility will improve through consistent training.

This program does include belt testing (white to black and beyond), but does not include the practice of kata, point sparring, or tournament competition. This style of Hapkido is not for show, but for personal development and protection and the material is structured with that intent.

About Kwan Nyom Hapkido:

This program teaches Kwon Nyom Hapkido which translates to “School of Concepts.” This reflects the teaching style, where rather than teaching specific 1-to-1/defense-to-attack techniques, self-defense is learned through conceptual application using traditional Hapkido techniques. The student learns the fundamental breakdown of what makes a technique work which develops a faster and more effective recall to a real-life situation that can be neither controlled nor expected.

The program teaches:

  • Self-defense through traditional Hapkido techniques
  • Traditional Hapkido weapons such as Dan Bong (short stick) and Ji Pang E (cane)
  • Weapon disarm techniques
  • A complete Ground Survival program
  • The use of pressure points for technical enhancement and compliance

This program does not teach Hapkido as a sport and does not regulate it as one. This means the style is dynamic and continues to grow and develop in real-time. The techniques and applications continue to evolve and improve to more realistic situations for our modern life.


  • The majority of kicks are directed to the lower part of the body; center-of-mass, thighs, shins, knees, ankles.
  • Hapkido does not teach “acrobatic” kicks; jumping and sliding are used as a means of travel.
  • Break falls and rolls are taught to aid in training and improve personal body awareness. Some of these can be challenging and modifications can be taught based on condition of personal limitation.
  • There are no hard blocks; Hapkido, instead, encourages redirection of force and fluidity in motion.
  • Hapkido contains very limited stances based off personal comfort to encourage optimal body positioning.

We look forward to training with you!

Learn more Geoff Booth and the IHA at Hapkido.com.au