Art of Coordinated Power
Hapkido is a comprehensive Korean self-defense system involving joint locks, pressure points, throws, kicks, strikes, and a few weapons. Han Jae Ji synthesized techniques brought to Korea by Yong Sool Choi with traditional Taoist temple arts to form a nonaggressive martial art that stresses self-development. In Hapkido you learn how to protect yourself in the full range of self-defense situations -- from an unwelcome touch to an immediate threat to your life. This range of control allows you to protect yourself fully without needing to hurt the opponent more than is necessary for the situation, which is why every police officer in Korea must have a black belt in Hapkido. Size, strength, and gender are unimportant in Hapkido -- a woman or child can control a large man with proper technique.
Study of Hapkido can benefit you in many ways:
The BMA approach to Hapkido
The BMA approach to Hapkido
In the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex,
Hapkido is hard to find. There are many schools that
claim to teach it as one of many arts, supposedly taking the best techniques from each art. But what that really means
is the techniques the founder of that art liked the best, which usually is a mismatch of philosophies and techniques. Some are claiming to combine Taekwondo and Hapkido, which usually means teaching a few Hapkido joint locks (typically very few and poorly done)
as their self-defense or in black belt classes. But Hapkido is *SO* much more than a few joint locks. Hapkido is a superb martial art that takes a
long time to learn; it is *very* difficult to master only via seminars or
occasional classes. Hapkido takes much effort but
returns great rewards. Master Beck has studied both Hapkido
and Taekwondo under separate teachers for many years and feels that although
the two arts merge well they are best taught as separate arts.
Master Beck's approach to Hapkido is self-defense oriented and conceptual. If your primary goal in training is physical conditioning consider Martial Fitness. If your primary goal is self-improvement or you want to compete, consider Taekwondo. Hapkido will aid in both those goals and others; in fact one BMA Hapkido student has lost over 100 pounds; but again - the primary focus is self-defense. Master Beck teaches in a conceptual manner, which makes things easier to learn and the techniques practical more quickly than in many Hapkido schools. You do not have to memorize hundreds or thousands of techniques -- although there are thousands of techniques taught in the colored belt BMA syllabus, they are boiled down into 5 concepts per belt level. See the Syllabus page for a fuller explanation of the conceptual approach. Master Beck's approach is also non-regimented; the class is a relaxed, fun atmosphere focusing on adults; it is not the military or a school classroom.
Master Beck invites anyone with experience or interest in Hapkido or any HKD related art such as Kuk Sul Won or Hwarangdo in the DFW Metroplex to join the DFW Hapkido Seminar Mailing List. BMA has hosted numerous seminars with some of the world's best Hapkido instructors, including the founder of Hapkido and Sin Moo Hapkido himself, Dojunim Han Jae Ji.
Group classes are 3 times a week, see the BMA News page for the current schedule.
See the Pricing page for current rates.
See the Videos page for some examples of Master Beck demonstrating Hapkido.