About PMA Hapkido

Plano Martial Arts introduced Hapkido to it's students in the spring of 2000. It's effective approach to self-defense and variety of techniques, built upon basic principles of body mechanics, makes it a welcome addition to the martial arts program taught at PMA.

The style of Defensive Hapkido taught at PMA. is a realistic and versatile discipline of self protection that includes an extensive variety of strikes, kicks, joint locks, pressure points, grappling and disarming techniques, using the mechanics of the human body. The result is a practical, comprehensiv e Self Defense system that is enjoyable to learn and produces effective results in realistic situations.

For additional information, ALL Hapkido students are encouraged to check PMA's Aiki Jujutsu page. Included on this page is extremely important infomation, that is also critical, to the successful execution art of Hapkido. At their roots, Hapkido and Aiki Jujutsu are very similar. All Hapkido students should understand the concepts outlined on the Aiki Jujutsu page.

These concepts are based on scientific principles of anatomy and biokinetics as well as psychology and strategy. It is well suited for men and women of all sizes because physical strength and athletic abilities are not essential. The emphasis is on redirecting the assailants' aggression and power back toward them with little effort and minimum force on your part.

Hapkido, at PMA is also ideal for those individuals ( for example, many women, busy professionals and law enforcement officers) who do not have the time, desire or ability to commit themselves to the demanding study of a traditional Martial Art.

The essence of Defensive Hapkido, at PMA is strictly Self Defense. It is the synthesis of dynamic concepts, scientific principles, realistic applications and plain common sense.

An essential part of the Defensive Hapkido program is the use of circular motions.  A detailed explanation can be found on our Ju Jutsu page. (Circle Theory of Movement) Students of all martial arts styles should be familiar with this information, it is universal in all disciplines.

Finally, a critical aspect in Defensive Hapkido (or any martial art) is the reality that we are practicing in a classroom, a studio, a dojo. In essence, a controlled environment. In class:

  • We don't really strike our partner (the attacker) as a distraction or a stunning motion.
  • Our partner (the attacker) knows what technique we are about to perform, the attacker doesn't. This foreknowledge would be extremely advantageous for the attacker.
  • And lastly, we/they won't be standing still waiting to see what is coming.

When we remember to take these things into account, we wil be much more satisfied and successful in our training.

Defensive Hapkido, at PMA

What it is?

  • A totally scientific approach to Self Defense
  • A realistic and effective discipline of personal protection
  • A Dynamic and flexible program of learning and teaching the science of Self Defense
  • 100% Self Defense. There are no forms (Kata/Forms)
  • Kicks directed to the lower part of the body, (no acrobatic kicks)
  • Use break falls and throws in a very limited manner
  • Free of hard blocks or stances
  • Practical disarming techniques
  • Flexible, dynamic and eclectic, evolving

What it is NOT?

  • A new Martial Art
  • A "Free-Style" type of Martial Art
  • A Martial Sport
  • An mix of random techniques from different Martial Arts

YouTube Defensive Hapkido Videos

Hapkido Charts (belt requirements) by rank