What is Hankido?
Hankido is a rather new form of martial art especially when compared to other forms of martial arts. It’s creation first begun in the 1980’s when Myung Jae-nam used his knowledge in hapkido and traditional Korean dance to develop a new hypnotic form of martial art.
Hankido incorporates both of Jae-nam’s fields of interest in order to produce rhythmic circular movements that allow users of the craft to gain superiority over their opponents.
Hankido wasn’t officially displayed to the world until the first International H.K.D Games in Seoul.
Shortly following the crafts appearance there, the name hankido was trademarked by the IHF.
Myung Jae-nam spent the rest of his days touring and promoting his art to the world until his death in 1999. In this time Jae-nam also produced another martial art known as hankumdo.
Teachings and Principles
They are instead a form of extended education that enhance childhood teachings of behavior and anger management.
Additionally many arts inspire not only serenity but a greater mindset when confronting the world and it’s monsters.
They teach one how to be content with life and withhold from confrontation. Like its predecessors, hankido to acts as a means of education.
Education in not only conflict but life. It prompts people who choose to learn it only to use it in self-defense. Not as a tool for destruction. Not as a weapon in life to threaten, intimidate or injure anybody that isn’t a threat.
Hankido bases itself on three main principles; yu, won and hwa.
Yu is the concept of flow. When techniques flow it is seen as a way in which practitioners can build energy. Won is the incorporation of circular motion.
Like a hypnotists clock spinning, circular movements somewhat hypnotize opponents. It causes unbalance and allows one to guide their opponent.
Moving forward it allows one to disregard attacks and swiftly counter maintaining flow. Hwa is the idea of harmony. By moving with an opponent control can be taken over a fight.
For this reason hankido prompts users to first move with the opponent not stray away or cower. Deflect and evade strikes whilst rhythmically moving away with the opposition.
Now you’ve learned what hankido is all about lets delve into some techniques. Obviously to best master this craft, complete knowledge of its history and principles must be learned. However just to give an idea before moving forward with learning this art it’s helpful to visualize some techniques.
The first technique is Cheongibeop. It’s best to practice this technique with no opponent in order to focus on technique rather then all the other factors of a fight.
It involves remaining calm and collected whilst maintaining balance. Then one can move the core of the body in order to generate power.
Here is a video of this technique in order to help visualize it.
The next technique is Jigibeop. This technique is more of a means of preparation. It allows one to prepare the body for upcoming conflict. By doing this damage to the body can be minimized which should be the primary goal of any bout in self-defense.
When strikes are constantly being thrown in a fight it can be difficult to focus on technique and past teachings.
This practice reduces the effect combat can have though. It allows the body to remain relaxed.
This in term allows one to remain in a great mindset during a fight and thus increase the chance of victory.