Principal Correspondent :
“Hapkido is a form of self-defence that employs other martial arts’ techniques such as joint locks, grappling and throwing techniques, as well as kicks, punches, and other striking attacks,” informed GM Sudesh Kumar, Founder Secretary General, Countrywide Hapkido Federation (India). Kumar was speaking during the online Karate and Sports Seminar for Physical and Spiritual Development of students organised by Karate Budokan International (Vidarbha Region). Speaking about the advantages of Hapkido, which is a unique form of martial art, Sudesh Kumar said that in Hapkido the motion for defence has to be circular to redirect and control the force of opponent. “In Hapkido, there are both long and close-range fighting techniques, utilising jumping kicks and hand strikes at longer ranges and pressure point strikes, joint locks, or throws at closer fighting distances.”
Kumar further explained that Hapkido is a form of self-defence “that employs other martial arts’ techniques such as joint locks, grappling and throwing techniques, as well as kicks, punches, and other striking attacks. There is also the use of traditional weapons, including knife, sword, rope, nunchaku, cane, short stick (dan bong), and staff (bong, gun, bo) of which are chosen depending on the particular situation.” Like in any other martial art form, strength is needed in Hapkido too, he said. “While form is important for an effective punch or kick, strength is also needed to ensure that your attack is powerful. Conversely, practicing Hapkido will provide you with the opportunity to train your body to become stronger and more formidable,” said Kumar.
“Hapkido requires a lot of strength, when it comes to some of its techniques. The kicks, punches, and other moves will increase a karateka’s entire body’s strength over time. Repetition is another factor that can help improve the body’s musculature,” he added. Hapkido also requires good stability and co-ordination. When it comes to both executing moves and blocking or avoiding attacks, a karateka needs a certain amount of awareness and stability to succeed. With practice, he will quickly improve both qualities, particularly during sparring, informed Kumar.