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Adult Hap Ki Do Class



It is a complete and versatile art with kicks and punches like those in Karate, joint- locking techniques similar to those in Aikido, and throws like in Jiu jitsu and judo.


Our approach is pragmatic and from the very first day you will learn techniques that could save your life. each class has a range of students at different ability levels.


You progress at your own speed, without great pressure or competitiveness.


The benefits of martial arts classes at BH Martial arts:


  • Knowing self-defense

  • Better health and wellness

  • Less stress

  • Increased confidence

  • The chance to learning something new

  • A fun form of exercise

  • Meeting friendly people

  • Being part of a positive and encouraging atmosphere

Most of our adults join with no experience. Our instructors are always receptive to your questions and will take the time to teach you step-by-step, with patience and enthusiasm.

Hap Ki Do Classes At BH

BH Martial Arts provides two styles of Korean martial arts. The first, Tae Kwon Do, is taught to all ages three and up. The second, Hap Ki Do, is reserved for people aged fourteen and older. Hap Ki Do techniques require students to be focused and attentive. These techniques can have several steps to execute, and students practice these techniques on each other during class. Due to the nature of practice and listening skills, Hap Ki Do students must be older (14+) and mature.

What is Hap Ki Do?

Hapkido is a uniquely comprehensive ancient Korean art that is gaining a huge following around the world as an incredibly practical self-defence system. This is because Hapkido techniques do not require strength and, in conflict situations, they allow the defender to gain complete control with minimal effort and without aggression or injuries to the attacker. The art of Hapkido has the most varied types of techniques and offers extensive training in many disciplines, including correct breathing techniques, kicking techniques, pressure points, joint-locking, submissions, throwing techniques, weaponry and falling techniques that are vital for self-protection in real-life situations.

Hap Ki Do Today

In addition, training in Hapkido has benefited people all over the world, from all walks of life. This includes action movie actors / actresses, professional athletes, sports teams, and Olympic gold medalists! As well as being open to the general public, Hapkido has also been in popular demand by police and security forces around the world. It has been taught in the US White House, and to the bodyguards of the Prime Minister of South Vietnam, as well as to the Crown Prince of Bahrain and his bodyguards. In addition, it has been taught to US and Korean Law Enforcement, Military, and Special Forces! It is also taught to the French RAID Police, the Singapore Police Academy, and the UK’s Durham Constabulary. In Korea, where Hap Ki Do and Tae Kwon Do originate, Hap Ki Do  is still taught in the Bodyguard Unit of Korean Presidential Office. In fact, a Hapkido Black Belt certificate is required to gain positions within Korea’s Special Police, Special Warfare Command, or as a special bodyguard to the President himself.


 Hap Ki Do Philosophy 

Philosophy: Hapkido 3 Theory

Circle (원)

Water (유)

Harmony (화)



While each of these principles is important in their own right, they all stem from the Theory of Circular Motion. The Theory of Circular Motion states that the body must become a dynamic center of motion. Like a spinning top, the body must be in a state of continuous motion in order to maintain balance. However, when the top stops spinning, it will lose it’s balance and tip over. This theory applies to the body as well. Hap Ki Do is all about motion. How a person applies and directs motion with their body determines how the can defend their self. 


The Theory of Water states that all body movements must be fluid like water. This means your techniques must be adaptable. Water in a river will pull a pebble with the current, go around a boulder or carve a valley through a wall of rock.



The Theory of Harmony  is the co-ordination of the previous two principles. It is the idea that there needs to be balance between one's continuous and smooth movements. In Hap Ki Do it is taught that continuous and fluid motion makes for a most destructive force. A hurricane is a good example of the Theory of Co-ordination. A hurricane-like air spins around absorbing everything and at the same time throwing off everything as long as it’s motion is continuous. Not many physical structures could withstand the force of a hurricane. 

How We Apply These Teachings

The philosophy above is applied to how students learn and control their techniques. They learn to smoothly control the power in their movements. They learn to balance strength with grace. They learn to harmonize their movement with the power of their attacker.


This three theory philosophy could be likened to science's well-known Theory of Dynamics. In Hapkido we take the Theory of Dynamics and combine it with a thorough knowledge of the vital spots of the human body. There are over 400 vulnerable spots on the human body, 54 of which we use as targets of attack. The locations of these vital spots usually coincide with those of the nerves, blood vessels, or internal organs. When these vital spots are attacked the result can be anything from death to impairment or severe pain. This knowledge is necessary to a successful attack or defense.


Philosophy: Dan Jun Breathing 

In class, students learn more than physical techniques. They also learn to calm the mind and better focus on their internal selves.


The dan jun is believed to be the center of energy (ki) in the human body. Dan means red or fire and jun means field, so dan jun can be interpreted as meaning the active source of power in the body. As the center of energy, it is the key to human vitality and strength.For most people, the dan jun is located about three inches below the navel. Through dan jun defining exercises, each person can determine the location of their personal center

This ancient Korean self-healing energy art is South Korea's not so secret national secret and now it's yours. In just twenty easy minutes a day, you can experience a gentle way to re-energize and oxygenate the body, while calming the mind

The Dan Jun is a Korean term for the center of the human body. It is also the storage spot for Ki energy or vital life force. It is located

about two to three inches below the navel. When you learn to breathe to and from this point in the body you will begin to notice

great changes in your health and your life. But, like anything else it must be practiced and used to be of any value.

Also Taught in Class: Break Fall

A break fall is a movement preformed to prevent one from injuring themselves when landing. The most commonly used break fall in parkour is the roll. A roll is very useful in that it dissipates energy but allows the traceur to quickly get back up on their feet. However, rolls require forward momentum, making them useless when falling straight down. If a roll cannot be used, the best way to land is to make use of the martial arts "slap" (commonly seen in Judo, Aikido and Hapkido) to absorb the impact






Specialized Classes: Hap Ki Do for Women

BH offers specialized Women’s Self-Defense Programs to our local businesses, schools, and groups. Based on Hap Ki Do self-defenses, we select practical and effective techniques for real life situations. Self-Defense courses have been broken down into specialty areas. This gives students the opportunity to learn self defense techniques in a practical manner as well as a way to apply them in real life situations. The techniques taught in the courses are designed for the non-martial artist, those who are not interested in a traditional martial arts class but want to know the fundamental basics of self-defense and the awareness of self protection.

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