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No I'm not talking about some kind of secret handshake to identify us as a Hapkido secret society, but a standard way I was taught to shake hands as a martial artists.

The standard guy handshake is firm and all to often just plain to firm. Kinda like "If I don't break bones, I'm not a man" kind of firm.

I was taught and teach a standard handshake that keeps the hand more relaxed to keep the muscles more reactive. The pointing finger is extended down the length of the forearm to keep it ready for a Ki finger and pressure point availability. At the same time it puts your knuckles off line in your opponents grip so that they can not squeeze your hand squishing and grinding you knuckles together.

There is also what is called a master's handshake, in which you cup the back of the opponents hand with your Ki finger pointing downward at about a 7-8, 5-4 position.

The thing is that more than once I have shaken someone's hand and been mistaken for a Freemason handshake. I can't remember it off the top of my head so far, but I would shake someone's hand and they would recite the mason phrase to identity each other.

I would just look at them when they say their thing and smile, telling them that I was not a mason, but a professional martial artists and then explain my handshake to them.

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Comment by Wael on April 9, 2011 at 9:14pm
Yes that's a good point.
Comment by Daniel McCullar on April 9, 2011 at 12:52pm
Keep in mind that if you are fighting and are able to get ahold of their hand when it is open ( like a grappling situation ) then it is a vable option. It doesn't have to be frolic just a handshake. We train to use them from various positions and opportunities.
Comment by Kris McCullar on April 9, 2011 at 7:49am
I meant smart asses. I can't seem to turn off the spell correct on my fone
Comment by Kris McCullar on April 9, 2011 at 7:44am
When you work in the bar industry you will encounter almost anything, and yes I have had to apply this several times.. from smart added wanting to prove their manliness and put the squeeze on you, to people your having to escort out wanting to sucker punch you.. sometimes the were drunk and some times they they just want to try and prove their selfs in front of their friends. But no matter what the case its better to know and be on guard than to be caught off guard with no knowledge of what to do next!
Comment by Wael on April 9, 2011 at 7:27am
I've heard that explanation before, but would anyone actually do that (shake your hand then sucker punch you)?
Comment by Daniel McCullar on April 9, 2011 at 1:00am
The purpose of the technique is for when you go to shake someone's hand and they try and sucker punch you. Not one you would need very often but cool never the less. There are other applications for it, but Im at work right now and shouldn't even be typing this.
Comment by Wael on April 8, 2011 at 10:51pm
I could never use it offensively, I'd feel like a cad. Frankly I never understood the use of handshake defenses. Why would you fight someone from a handshake?
Comment by Lew Hise on April 8, 2011 at 7:57pm

It is a cool way to greet another practitioner of hapkido.  Has anyone here used a defensive technique shaking hands in the street, or used the hand shake as a deceptive offensive tactic?

Comment by Daniel McCullar on April 5, 2011 at 2:35pm
From here on out let it be our secret Hapkido handshake. So as it is said, so shall it he done!
Comment by Wael on April 5, 2011 at 10:25am
This will be my new handshake.



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