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The 3 D's

Professor Kimo Ferreira says to watch out for the 3 D's: attackers that are drunk, drugged, or deranged. Things that work on a normal person might not work on the 3 D's. You might hit such a person twenty times and they might not even feel it (I've been on the other end of that equation, where I've been in fights and gotten hit in the face, and it felt like nothing more than a mosquito bit).

That's why we have joint locks & breaks. Break someone's arm or leg and you…


Added by Wael on November 6, 2013 at 9:52am — 3 Comments

Hapki Thoughts

An attacker throws a punch and I blend with his energy and throw him... that's Hapki (harmonious energy).

A man speaks to me aggressively, insulting me. I wave him off and walk away. That's Hapki as well.

A stranger smiles and says, "Good…


Added by Wael on October 16, 2013 at 5:15pm — 1 Comment

Hapkido and Car Repair - Same Principles?

Me: "Hapkido principles are circular motion, water and non-resistance."

My Jujitsu Sensei: "My car needs all those things as…


Added by Wael on October 7, 2013 at 9:24am — No Comments

Self Visibility is Better than Work Visibility

Correctional Officer professional who is cool, calm, low profile, not attention seeking

Correctional Officer has control of unit, has respect of inmates, rarely engages in power struggles

Correctional Officer goes unnoticed by administration and not solicited for consideration for 

special unit such as Emergency Response Team

Correctional Officer loves to share advice to others about self defense and being alert, astute, and aware at all times when dealing with…


Added by ahumbleservant4truth on July 15, 2013 at 11:45pm — No Comments

bjj and add ons

I have noticed in my area that bjj schools are adding more arts to their curriculum. Used to be the other way around.

Added by Daniel McCullar on March 17, 2013 at 5:24pm — 4 Comments

Struggling all of a sudden

Hello everyone. 2012 was a good year for me. I lost 40 pounds and felt so much lighter on my feet. My knees stopped bothering me, and my breath was good.

My business also thrived in 2012 and for the first time I didn't have to choose which bills to pay and which to delay.

I continued practicing martial arts and attended two major seminars. I came back on to this website and responded to several old threads.

Then, on November 28, my father died…


Added by Wael on January 10, 2013 at 10:00am — 11 Comments

Friday December 21st 2012

No one seems to care anymore. I personally do not believe anything major and destructive will happen. But, if my life has taught me one thing is that one should never discount anything, no matter how absurd it May seem.

I do have a basic plan in case of emergencies. Since I have not had the money to stock up on supplies I have prepared in different ways.

I am a warrior, this is how I will survive. I will make my first stop in northern Cali. There is someone there who's… Continue

Added by Daniel McCullar on December 19, 2012 at 3:53pm — 3 Comments



Added by marques on November 25, 2012 at 5:01am — No Comments

Hi Everyone! Sorry I have been out of touch! I"M BACK

Wow, I can't believe how long it's been since I've logged in here...sorry Wael! You know I love the Hapkido network! Lots going on...busy summer/fall.

Back working at the dojang at our new space in Brooklyn, we had to move and it took a few months..

I am now teaching three scheduled classes, 2 adult eve. classes and 1 children's class but fill in all the time when an instructor can't make it! Some days I feel great and others, feel like I need to work so much harder.

Last… Continue

Added by SteelyJan on November 16, 2012 at 4:53am — 3 Comments

Train Like a Hero

Some people get into martial arts because they fantasize about being superheroes.

Of course Marvel-type superheroes don't exist, but real heroes do. They defend themselves and their families, and they fight for truth and justice in the world.

But here's the thing: if you want to be a hero, you have…


Added by Wael on October 29, 2012 at 1:19pm — 3 Comments




A warrior lives by acting, not by thinking about acting, nor by thinking about what he will think when he has finished acting.

Whenever a warrior decides to do something, he must go all the way. But, he must take responsibility for what he does. No matter what he does, he must know first why he is doing it, and then he must proceed with his actions without having doubts or remorse about…


Added by Paul on September 17, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Trying to do things the Hapki way

This week we worked on the bent-wrist hammer lock. It's taught initially off a wrist grab. Your attacker grabs your wrist. You circle your held hand around to the outside and grasp his wrist from underneath and then twist his arm to raise his elbow and create a "bridge". You throw a hacking forearm strike into his ribs and go underneath the arm. As you pivot to face his back, your free hand controls his elbow, while your other hand locks his wrist. You then drive the arm up toward the locked…


Added by Wael on August 29, 2012 at 1:49pm — 6 Comments

It's real out there!

I wonder at students who come to class and only go through the motions. Their strikes are half-hearted and their stances are poor. I tell them, "I want to see energy! Commitment! Even when you're not really hitting your partner, put some energy into your movements!"

It's real out there, people. Psychos are gunning people down. We're not only learning martial arts for our health. This is life and death stuff.

Along the same note, there are only two types of…


Added by Wael on August 19, 2012 at 10:30pm — 16 Comments

The Joy of Teachng

 Some days my personal life seems to bog me down. There are days I just don't do anything right . And  I am made to feel useless. Yesterday was not one of them. Martial arts always lifts my spirits and takes me away from that everyday place. 

  I usually teach the children's class for the most part. Right now I don't have a scheduled adult class but I tend to cover for people when they are away or don't show up. 

  Tuesday I was having one of those upsetting days. Wednesday I…


Added by SteelyJan on July 26, 2012 at 6:37am — 2 Comments

martial artists beware. you May be setting yourself up to die!


I love this kinda crap. It is so amusing to run into. One of these days I am gonna start a web site that reviews all of this kinda stuff and put traditional martial art technique references next to their super secret stuff.

These kinda adds prey on the insecure, lazy and desperate.

Added by Daniel McCullar on July 18, 2012 at 3:02pm — 2 Comments

Found something I wanted to share.

A link I though y'all might enjoy.


Added by Daniel McCullar on June 8, 2012 at 2:06pm — 1 Comment

Worn Out

I teach Hapkido and Silat informally, and I love both arts with a passion, but in both arts I have a few years of formal instruction followed by many years of self-guided exploration. No meaningful rank in either art. I would like to open a proper Hapkido school in the future, but I don't see it happening…


Added by Wael on May 8, 2012 at 11:42pm — 13 Comments


Had a great Hapkido weekend, tested for 2nd dan on Friday, around 3 hours of sweat and pain!  then a seminar all day Saturday, followed by taking our GM to the beach for a BBQ and some surfing on Sunday!!  There was 5 of us testing, 3 for 1st dan and 2 of us for 2nd.  On Thursday night we videoed all the gup rank material with our GM to assist in our training, now we are going to have fun reviewing everything to insure we are executing properly!  

Added by William Milewski on April 23, 2012 at 7:16pm — 5 Comments

Black Belt Test Three Weeks Away!

   Hi All!

    I am training really hard, trying to get all my techniques and forms together. One form that was totally bugging me out is finally learned. All it took was 2 solid hours working it with a great teacher, who is asking nothing for the time she is spending with me, just pass the test. BUSHIDO! Three of us meet on Fridays and work on specific techniques or forms. This has helped a lot. Don't get me wrong , some days I feel totally inadequate. I will do my…


Added by SteelyJan on April 20, 2012 at 6:44pm — 10 Comments



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