“Hapkido” is a martial art literally translated from Korean, the word “Hap” means coordination of harmony, “ki” denotes the essence of power, and “do” means the art or the way.

Hapkido is the most eclectic of all the Korean Martial Arts and the original “mixed martial art” with over 3000 techniques. Hapkido contains both long and close range fighting techniques, utilizing dynamic kicking and percussive hand strikes at longer ranges and pressure point strikes, jointlocks, or throws at closer fighting distances. Hapkido emphasizes circular motion, non-resisting movements, and control of the opponent. Practitioners seek to gain advantage through footwork and body positioning to employ leverage, avoiding the use of strength against strength.

Advanced students study traditional weapons (short stick, knife, cane, rope, sword, and long and middle staff), meditation and internal energy / Ki development and healing.

Classes are available at Chon-Ji Dojang, 4541 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640. Friday 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Saturday 9:00 – 10:30 am.