Why HapKiDo Is an Excellent Self Defense Martial Art

Why Hapkido is an Excellent Self Defense Martial Art

By Master Darren Norris

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If you find a gathering of “Martial Artists”, many of them will argue right now that MMA is the best martial art for self-defense. I will agree, but only IN PART, that a good MMA school will teach you techniques that can be very effective on the street. But…

What really matters most is how confident you are in what you have been taught, not the style. Understand that there are very few styles, MMA or traditional, whose only focus is self defense.

Many of the traditional styles also work on [pay]building you as a complete person, not just a fighter. They tend to take longer to become effective in, but that is because there is so much more to learn when you are developing a mind, body and spirit philosophy. I don’t know of a single MMA school that spends much time on the history and philosophy of their “art”.

If you want pure self defense and a martial arts philosophy that is steeped in the rich tapestry of the Asian culture then Hapkido is an excellent option.

However, many of the places in the United States teach a very watered down version of Hapkido. So BE CAREFUL when choosing a school!

When it comes to MMA schools, the main problem with most is that they teach the UFC style of fighting that is under a certain rule set.master darren norris demonstrating belt technique Most never address things such as weapons and multiple attackers in their training. They never take into account that your opponent in self defense is not going to be wearing trunks and gloves. They will be wearing jeans, shoes, coats, a knife, etc. Sadly, many traditional schools never consider this either. Why train for self defense on a padded level surface in clothing you would never wear on the street? For a change of pace and to enhance your training experience and skill level take it outside once in a while.

Some schools even have training days where they wear regular street clothes, go outside and train on uneven terrain, practice fighting around obstacles, on stairs, gravel, etc. Not many schools I know of train this way, though. I mention this because Hapkido and some of the reality based fighting systems do train this way almost exclusively. So, for what you are looking for, one of them is probably your best bet.

To figure out what is good or bad do a search on finding a good school using the directory here at World Martial Arts Magazine.


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