Beginner Hapkido Curriculum
3rd Quarter / June – August
Elements of Hapkido are Harmony, Circle, & Water. Won, the circular principle is a way to gain momentum for executing the techniques in a natural and free-flowing manner. If an opponent attacks in linear motion, as in a punch or knife thrust, the hapkido student would redirect the opponent’s force by leading the attack in a circular pattern, thereby adding the attacker’s power to his own. Once he has redirected the power, the hapkido student can execute any of a variety of techniques to incapacitate his attacker. The hapkido practitioner learns to view an attacker as an “energy entity” rather than as a physical entity. The bigger the person is, the more energy a person has, and the better it is for the hapkido student.
Parallel back stance
#1-2 front kick
#1-2 side kick
In place 180
Front shoulder roll
#1-2 round kick
1 step 180
Back step 180
Back shoulder roll
Joint locks, throws, & escapes.
Bent arm center lock from same side grab
Bent arm center lock from cross side grab
Bent arm center lock from same side low sleeve grab
Bent arm center lock from same side mid sleeve/elbow grab
Bent arm center lock from same side shoulder grab
Bent arm center lock from lapel grab
Full Nelson escape with palm lock
Full Nelson escape with finger lock
Full Nelson escape with pressure point or eye gouge
Defender & attacker starts in parallel ready stance. Attacker steps forward in Front stance and punches with right middle punch. All step sparring ends with defender stepping back in Back stance and guarding block.
01 – Defender steps back using rising block with left Front stance, right high punch in sitting stance (moving the right foot)
02 – Defender steps back using rising block with left Front stance, left knifehand strike in right Back stance (moving the left foot)
01 – Two Hand Choke striking down on both radial nerves.
02 – Two Hand Shoulder Grab From Front using weaving motion to make a cross over leverage push.