Does Any of This
You feel inadequate when it comes to protecting yourself and/or your family. You’ve been told before that you lack “character”. Whatever the heck that means.
Your self-confidence is questionable at best, and could certainly use a boost. You need a surefire way to cope with the stress and anxiety of work and relationships.
You’re looking to improve your health and physical fitness, but the thought of heavy weights or long runs terrifies you.
When was the last time you were in a situation
Maybe someone made a hateful comment about your appearance. Maybe you tried to accomplish a feat of strength (lifting heavy weights, running a Tough Mudder, etc.), but you fell short of victory.
Or maybe, someone physically threatened you and you were left paralyzed with fear for not knowing how to react.
What did that feel like? Probably not too great.
For years, martial arts have proven to be a way of building strength, learning self-defense, and reversing those self-confidence issues.
The Way of Unifying Energy
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.
Hapkido at Karate West
This program includes 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 Kwan 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 is not controlled or expected.
This Program Will Teach You
- 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.
Anyone Can Learn Hapkido
I went to Karate West as a child and now my two boys are students at the Issaquah Dojo. While Karate West is a large school, they do an amazing job of creating personal connections with the students and parents. I highly recommend Karate West!
Great school, the kids have a lot of fun and the instructors are very serious. When you see a kid with a black belt you know they worked a lot to reach there.
Me and my two girls go to Karate West, we couldn’t ask for a better place to supply our girls with a large number of role models.
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I attended this school as a teen until I left for college and I can honestly say that Karate West is on of the reasons that I am a successful adult today. This school not only teaches students martial arts but arguably more important are the life skills they show their students. I owe Karate West and it team of amazing teachers and assistants for my success in life.
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Kung Fu is actually a generic term that refers to the martial arts of China. It originated in a well-known place called the Shaolin Temple, where monks have practiced for thousands of years during their journey to enlightenment.
There are hundreds of different types of Kung Fu that one can practice. If interested, you can check out more about Kung Fu on its Wikipedia page.
Karate is actually an Okinawan form of combat that focuses heavily on throws and kicks to disarm an attacker. It is known for its hard blocks and power-oriented style of training.
Judo is similar to wrestling in the U.S., and it originated in Japan sometime in the late 1800s. While Judo’s techniques are certainly useful, it’s considered mainly a sport and less of a traditional martial art.
Tae Kwon Do is brought to use by the Koreans. It’s similar to Karate, in that it encourages use of kicks and is very power-oriented.
Then there’s Kung Fu. There are actually many different types of Kung Fu that offer both hard and soft styles of training. Kung Fu martial arts use a combination of grappling, throws, weapons, and use of the hands and feet for self-defense. It’s a more complex system of combat that can take time to master, but is very rewarding to practice.
One of Kung Fu’s closest relatives outside of the Chinese martial arts would be Jiu Jitsu, which originates from Japan.
We’ve already covered many of the benefits above, but here they are again in case you missed them.
Kung Fu is an awesome way to learn self-defense and boost self-confidence. Knowing that you have the ability to diffuse a sticky situation, then act with force (only if needed) is a useful trait that everyone could benefit from.
Regular practice also improves fitness levels, strengthens the arms, legs, and core, and improves balance. Since you are up on your feet and moving, it also promotes improved heart health and increased levels of energy.
As you learn and deepen your understanding of the Kung Fu practices, you also learn to relax your mind, reduce stress, and be at peace with the world around you.
Kung Fu is an excellent hobby or practice to take up for people of all ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities. Almost everyone who comes and participates in our classes falls in love with the training style and sense of community.
Kung Fu martial arts are, in general, considered moderate to higher intensity type classes – with the exception of Tai Chi style classes.
Almost anyone can come in and learn the Kung Fu practices if they possess the physical capacity and desire to do-so. Usually, limiting factors will be walking disabilities, recent injuries, or serious health conditions.
As always, please consult a medical professional if there are any concerns on your end.
Not at all. In fact, our classes are specially designed to safely and effectively teach you self-defense, while improving your health and fitness.
As you attend more classes, your abilities increase and you can do more with less effort. We do, however, always encourage our students to challenge themselves and reach exceedingly greater goals with each class.
As always, this will vary from person to person. In general though, three to six months of consistent and focused practice should provide enough martial arts training to successfully defend yourself from an untrained attacker.
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