Beginner Hapkido Curriculum
4th Quarter / September – November
Elements of Hapkido are Harmony, Circle, & Water. Yu, the water principle, can be thought of as the soft, adaptable strength of water. Hapkido is “soft” in that it does not rely on physical force alone, much like water is soft to touch. It is adaptable in that a hapkido master will attempt to deflect an opponent’s strike, in a way that is similar to free-flowing water being divided around a stone only to return and envelop it.
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.
Same side grab – elbow in, thumb down escape
Same side grab – palm out, push away escape
Same side grab – palm in, palm strike
Cross side grab – palm down, elbow strike or pull away
Cross side grab – push away
High same side grab – inside block & back fist
High cross side grab – outside circle escape
Low reverse grab – twist out
Low reverse grab – circle to high same side (“I don’t know”)
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 outer forearm block with left Front stance, left high back fist
02 – Defender steps back using outer forearm block with left Front stance, right (#2) front snap kick (belt level)
01 – Cross Side Single Hand Wrist Grab using weak link break away. Be sure to shift weight when doing this self-defense.
02 – Two Hand Wrist Grab reach in as if shaking your own hand and pull upward using weak link break away