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There are many cultures that have contributed to the way that we define Modern Hapkido.  Martial arts techniques have flowed across national and international boundaries for generations.

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We believe that Hapkido instruction is strengthened when we choose carefully to blend in elements from other reality based fighting systems. We are only introducing students to important concepts from other arts. It takes years to master some of these arts and we do not claim to be experts in any style except Hapkido.

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Historically Grandmasters often trained in several arts while teaching only their core art, we recognize that even with Hapkido as the center of your training, it is important to recognize other sources that influence self defense techniques. To meet the Grandmasters that have taught us Hapkido, click on the link above.

The United States has added methods of defensive tactics training for law enforcement and seen the clear definition of pressure point techniques from George Dillman as well as being perhaps the major market for Hapkido instruction in the world today. 

Korea is the birthplace of Hapkido whether one means the Hapkido of Grandmaster Choi Yong Sool or the Hapkido of Grandmaster Ji Han Jae and some of his most famous students Grandmaster Bong Soo Han and Grandmaster Kwang-Sik Myung.   Please see the history page for more information about the roots of Hapkido.

Japan is recognized as one of the sources of Hapkido flowing from Daito-Ryu Aiki-Jutsu.

The Philippines have contributed the weapons arts called variously arnis, kali, and escrima.  While the symbol above does not have flags for Indonesia or Malaysia, there are pieces of other southeast Asia martial arts that have come to all of us through Pencak Silat that should not be overlooked.   Hapkido practice can be enhanced by having an open mind and seeing how what is taught from another culture can be adapted to fit into a Hapkido framework.

China may very well have played a role in the development of Hapkido with both Chin Na and Shuai Chiao though their relationship, if any to Hapkido is lost in the mists of ancient history.

These cultures and martial arts all have had an influence of the development of Modern Hapkido.