International Modern Hapkido Federation

Self Defense DVD
Canes used for Self Defense
A History of Hapkdio
Mission and Goals
Federation Leadership
IMHF Masters
IMHF Black Belts
What is Modern Hapkido?
Sources of Modern Hapkido
Comparisons of Hapkido Styles
Switch to Modern Hapkido
Rank and Titles
Joining the IMHF
Application Form
Price List for Services
Contact Us
International IMHF
Iran Modern Hapkido Association
Iran Hapkido Black Belt Listing
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  • We will hold seminars and extended trainng sessions at cost . No profit to us other than the friendships that develop.
  • You pay for travel. We will drive if it is a reasonable distance. You pay tolls, gas, motel and meals enroute, if we drive.
  • You pay for travel.  If the distance or geography dictate that we fly, you purchase a discount airline ticket.
  • You provide a place to sleep and meals on site at the location in either case.


  • If you are not a charter school, the fee for a 4 hour seminar is $300.00, and you pay expenses as described about for chartered schools.

  • All of this of this cost may be applied to join the IMHF, for memberships and any other fees, if after the seminar you elect to charter a school


  • Seminars for Law Enforcement Agencies will cost $300.00 for an 4 hour seminar or $600.00 for an 8 hour seminar plus expenses for travel, meals, and lodgings for either length of seminar

Law enforcement officers come in all sizes and with varying degrees of physical capability and in a range of ages from the newest probationary officer to the seasoned veteran. You need a set of defensive tactics and control techniques that offer choices you can make that will work for you.

Modern Hapkido does not have any forms or katas to memorize. There are no wildly acrobatic kicks.There is very limited application of spinning techniques (after all, how often do you want to turn your back on an aggressive person). Most kicks are delivered to targets on the lower body, a few to the ribs or middle section of the body (none to the head). While we do practice to take our opponents to the ground, we are usually using some type of combination of a trip and a joint lock, and use only a limited number of throws (where the subject flies over your hip or shoulder, etc.)

Modern Hapkido teaches techniques that take into account the fact that you may have to fend off an opponent and get items from your duty belt at the same time. Whether you are simply fighting and reaching for your handcuffs or drawing your sidearm, you need a martial art that recognizes that you have duties to perform that require you to be able to execute some techniques with one hand or that you need to switch from two handed joint locks to one hand to get to your weapons.


Many martial arts teach relatively simple disarm techniques. Most do not consider weapon retention techniques at all. You need to keep control of your firearm, asp, mace, baton, etc. when under attack or even when you approach a subject who jumps from cooperative to hostile in the blink of an eye.

Many schools offer some moderate amounts of self defense sprinkled into their classes as an extra. Modern Hapkido is 100% Street-oriented Self Defense. Our assumption is that you will have to control subjects who are violent, younger, stronger, taller, and faster than you may be and with some illegql substance in their blood stream. You will learn techniques that rely on skill and balance, not muscle and strength. There is nothing wrong with having more strength than your subject (if that is the case), but you can still win even if he is much larger and stronger if you use good technique.

In addition to regular techniques as part of Modern Hapkido, there is a large body of knowledge available to you on proper defensive tactics through the International Modern Hapkido Federation (IMHF) and its related seminars and course materials. The IMHF has courses/seminars in knife fighting and defenses, stick fighting and defenses, use of batons, use of canes, close quarter combat with firearms, etc.  Most of our classes are oriented towards unarmed defensive tactics, but advanced seminars are available with top notch instructors (see below).



Absolutely not. You just add techniques to what defensive tactics you already know. If you are a kicker and striker, you will add chokes, throws and joint locks. Since Modern Hapkido is basically a set of practical techniques based on Judo, Jujitsu, Aikido, and Tae Kwon Do, there will be portions of our classes that are refresher courses for you , and parts that are new.

The real issue is that all of this is aimed at real life confrontation, not a tournament.