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About Peninsula Hapkido

Training Philosophy


Our training philosophy is to teach traditional and effective Hapkido in a supportive environment with an emphasis on Respect, Courtesy and Discipline.


We train with our fellow students, not against them.


Techniques are first learned in low stress situations so that the student may quickly develop an understanding of the mechanics of the techniques and how to make them maximally effective.  As the student develops greater understanding of the fundamentals they are exposed to more intensive situations, including high intensity drills and multiple opponents.  Thus the student learns to apply thier skills under high stress situations as well.


Kicks are first trained with no emphasis on speed, height or power. Technique, balance and control are the fundamentals. Once students have learned the basics they learn more advanced kicks and use more advanced drills to improve their skills.


Breakfalling techniques are also taught so that students may train without undue risk of injury from throws and take-downs. Students are first taught fundamentals of breakfalls then gradually advance as their skill increases.


Our training curriculum is designed to expose students to a variety of skills which build step by step to ensure they are consistently advancing in their Hapkido training and developing a repertoire of skills with which to deal with situations.


We teach students to understand the underlying principles of the skills which make them functional and effective and allows the student to both develop a deeper understanding of the skills and how to apply the knowledge learnt in one area to other skills.


We believe the greatest outcome from Hapkido training is the development of internal qualities such as self discipline, confidence and freedom from fear.


The nature of the skills we teach do not suit tournament competition.  Although we understand that many people find great enjoyment from competition we do not compete in tournaments.


Our belief is that the greatest victory is victory over one's self, becoming a better person through overcoming perceived limitations and obstacles. 


The best way to win a fight is to not have to fight.  Most aggression is born in fear, as the student develops in confidence and knowledge of their ability to handle situations their fear correspondingly dwindles, allowing them to handle potential volatile situations in a calm and controlled manner.  Rather than escalating a situation with a fear based response the student can now allow a situation to de-escalate, confident in their ability to deal with a situation should it turn physical.


Overcoming limitations builds confidence and a positive ego which does not feel threatened by the actions of other people.


These qualities are especially useful for children, particularly when confronted with bullying behaviour.


Development of Ki and Tan Jon is integral to the training and further enhances the ability of students to apply techniques with minimal physical force and to resist external attacks.


Although physical fitness is no impediment to beginning training, students quickly improve their conditioning through training and aside from the potential life saving self defence skills, Hapkido training makes for excellent all round conditioning.


The discipline and confidence developed in training affect all areas of the student's life, improving the ability to concentrate and the ability to deal with fear, aggression and stressful situations.


Our belief is that Hapkido is not just a martial art for self defence, it is a martial art for self improvement across all aspects of one's life.

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