Intermediate Hapkido Curriculum

3rd Quarter / June – August

 Three Major Contributors to Hapkido are Sokaku Takeda, Yong Sool Choi, & Ji Han Jae. Ji Han Jae (1936- ) began his martial arts training in 1949 under the direction of Yong Sool Choi and was #14 black belt under Choi. Ji trained with Choi until 1956 when he moved to Seoul in order to open a school of self-defense in the nation’s capital. Ji trained under other arts as well and feels this additional training/material allowed him to form the art of Hapkido. Most notably, he is credited for adding most of the kicking that is found in Hapkido. One of the most notable accomplishments is teaching hapkido to the president’s bodyguards in the South Korean Blue House. In 1984, Ji moved to the United States where he still resides. Most anyone in the Hapkido community has Ji on the certification and/or lineage.


Basics of:


Spin knifehand

Spin backfist

#3-4 front kick

#3-4 side kick

Front shoulder air roll

Front forward elbow

Front upper elbow

#3-4 round kick

Hook kick

Inside crescent kick

Outside crescent kick

High back elbow

Low back elbow


#1-4 jump front kick

Front fall from standing


Joint locks, throws, & escapes. (Defense for grabs from behind – part 1)

Outside wrist lock from single wrist grab

Bent arm center wrist lock to elbow lock from single wrist grab

Shoulder lock from single wrist grab

Straight arm elbow lock from single elbow grab (batter swing aka armpit elbow lock)

Outside wrist lock from single elbow grab

Step out, straight arm elbow lock from shoulder grab (batter swing aka armpit elbow lock)

Step out, outside wristlock from shoulder grab

Turn in reap from shoulder grab


Step Sparring:

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 double forearm block with left Front stance, left flat fingertip in left low stance (moving the left foot)

02 – Defender steps back using double forearm block with right Front stance, left upset punch in sitting stance (moving the left foot)


Self Defense:

Personal protection – attacker steps forward with a forward punch. Defender steps into attacker shifting right foot at a 45-degree angle using a left outer forearm block that rolls into a wrist grab. Right inverted knifehand strike to side of neck with right foot simultaneously sweeping the attackers left leg and pulling on the attacker’s right wrist ending with attacker being on their back and defender doing a wrist lock to the attacker’s right wrist while pressing defender’s right knee into attacker’s right bicep.