Hapkido is a Korean martial art that uses joint locks, pressure points, grappling and throwing techniques as well as striking through punches, kicks, elbows and knees to name a few. Hapkido also employs traditional weapons in higher belt training such as long stick, short stick, walking cane, sword, knife, nunchaku, and fan.
Hapkido techniques emphasize circular movements using your attacker’s energy and strength making the execution of any move possible against any attacker of any size. Hapkido avoids the use of strength against strength, rather controlling the attack through body positioning, circular fluid movements and with the use of pressure points and joint locks.
Hapkido has many similarities but vast differences between other arts such as Aikido, Jujitsu, Taekwondo, Kung Foo, Judo, Kendo, Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jujitsu.