Hapkido: Korean Art of Self-Defenseby Scott Shaw
Hapkido, "The Way of Coordination and Internal Power," is one of the three major Korean martial arts. Founded in 1963 by Master Choi Young-Sul, it is a complete system of self-defense, encompassing, striking, kicking, and grappling techniques. Conceptually, Hapkido techniques more closely parallel those of Aikido than Taekwondo. In fact, as the author describes, these is a parental link between the arts.
In Hapkido: Korean Art of Self-Defense, Scott Shaw presents a precise description of the techniques, concepts, and applications of this Korean martial art of self-defense.
Profusely illustrated with 220 clear photographs, this instructional hapkido book describes and depicts self-defense techniques against a variety of punches, holds, and kicks. Hapkido has been utilized by military and law enforcement agencies worldwide, but until now little has been written on it. This hapkido guide is one of the few in English to present the essential techniques of this fascinating Korean martial art. Chapters include:
- The History and Development of Korean Martial Arts
- The Evolution of Hapkido
- Danjon: The Center of Ki
- Hapkido Fundamentals
- Hapkido Self-Defense Techniques
- Tuttle Publishing
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Meet the Author
Scott Shaw is a master instructor in the Korean matrial arts of Hapkido and Taekwondo. He is certified as a seventh degree black belt by the prestigious Korea Hapkido Federation, and frequently travels to Korea to train directly under the art's top masters. Shaw has published articles in a number of international magazines, including Black Belt, Inside Karate, Inside Taekwondo, Karate/Kung-fu Illustrated, Martial Arts Masters, and Taekwondo Times. He is also the star of the four-part instructional video series on Hapkido by Unique Publications Video.
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This book is an elemental primer on Hapkido Basics that serves as a good introduction to Hapkido's joint locks. There are pointers on how to defend against both common punches and kicks. There is a well researched section on the History of Hapkido in the forward sections of the book that will help the reader to understand the development of this martial art. This book is aimed at begining students and is quite suitable for them.
The book is a bit small and does not go into the depth I was originally hoping for. I understand hapkido blends TDK and Aikido, but this left me without a great deal of information. Good photos and decent reference work. I would recommend Dynamic Aikido or Dynamic Sphere before this book.
I found this book to provide one version of the history of Hapkido a basic understanding of art itself. However, I was hoping that it would be as in-depth or similar to the Hapkido book, titled Kuk Sool, by Dr. He-Young Kimm, which goes to greater depths and provides a richer history of the Korean Martial Art Hapkido.
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