Hapkido was developed in Korea and is credited to the two above masters pictured above.  The Korean word Hapkido means "way of coordinating power."  Hapkido is considered a "soft" style of martial art, as opposed to "hard" styles that practice the use of force against force, making the outcome a simple matter of size and strength. 

Hapkido teaches the student how to divert or suppress an attacker's flow of energy smoothly.  This diversion allows the student to use the attacker's power against himself leading to the attacker's defeat. Through the use of circular movements, redirects, pressure on certain joints and pressure points, very little strength is needed to overcome an opponent.

Hapkido not only redirects the attack, but turns it back against the attacker and follows through with offensive techniques such as punches, kicks, wristlocks, sweeps, and throws.

Hapkido provides complete physical conditioning which improves balance, posture, flexibility, timing, quickness, muscle tone, joint strength and confidence through physical and mental discipline.  Hapkido teaches the student the correct ways to roll and fall without getting injured.