Hapkido in the process of change
Hapkido from Korea has always been the traditional form of self-defense with effective techniques. The best and most beautiful techniques in martial arts are, however, only as good as how they are mastered and controlled. The prerequisite of such mastery, however, are often lenghty technical studies.
This one-sided orientation of Hapkido rquired a process of change.
The perfect mastery of techniques after years of practice could no longer be seen as the only foundation of self-defense. The consideration of psychological and physical strenghts and weaknesses of the individual student was required.
This transformational process does certainly not mean a departure from tradition. Instead, it means that traditional teaching has been enriched by valuable experience.
Why should the vital factor, i.e. the polarised unity of „Being“ and „Movement“ (Tradition and Experience) not be applicable to self-defence. The transformational process of Hapkido guarantees the vitaly of traditional teaching.
This experience shows that, as already mentioned, the physical and mental individuality of the student should be utilized. Real Self-defence requires a foundation that is based on the readiness to act, motivation and personality of the individual student. This aim will not be achieved by uniform and rigid training methods. The logical consequence was to create a teaching system that does justice to today’s Zeitgeist.