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This series includes all 1st Degree Black Belt requirements. Hapkido is a highly eclectic Korean martial art. It is a form of self-defense that employs joint locks, grappling, and throwing techniques similar to those in other martial arts, as well as kicks, punches, and other striking attacks. It also teaches the use of traditional weapons, including the knife, sword, rope, ssang juhl bong (nunchaku), cane (ji pang ee), short staff (dan bong) and medium length staff, and bo, which vary in emphasis. depending on the particular tradition examined.
Hapkido employs both long-range and close-range grappling techniques, utilizing leaping kicks and percussive hand strikes at longer distances, and pressure point strikes, joint locks and throws at closer grappling distances. Hapkido emphasizes circular motion, redirecting force, and controlling the opponent. Practitioners seek to gain advantage over their opponents through footwork and body positioning to incorporate the use of leverage, avoiding the use of brute force versus brute force.
The art was adapted from Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu as taught by Choi Yong-Sool when he returned to Korea after World War II after having lived in Japan for 30 years. This system was later combined by Choi’s disciples with kicking and striking techniques from indigenous and contemporary arts such as Taekkyeon and Tang Soo Do; as well as various throwing and ground grappling techniques from Japanese Judo.
Master Fariborz Azhakh Mini Biography
Every black belt remembers the time when martial arts became a passion. It happened to me when I was eight. My brother took me to see a Bruce Lee movie, and to this day I can close my eyes and feel the emotion that came over me as I watched the screen. At that moment I fell totally in love with the power of martial arts, but it would be many years before I found the physical and spiritual paths to a black belt. Once I started that journey, however, martial arts and the art of teaching became central elements of my life.
Bruce Lee inspired me, but the next few years were filled with frustration because there were no martial arts schools near my home. I finally fulfilled my dreams when I moved to California and had the great fortune to enter Steve Sexton’s Hapkido school in Canoga Park. Through Steve’s selfless guidance, I achieved a black belt in 1981 and became an assistant instructor at the school. In those early years, I viewed teaching as a sideline while remaining focused on my personal training. With time and maturity I got closer to the spiritual and philosophical core of the martial arts and began to realize the tremendous personal rewards of teaching. After a few months of uncertainty, I decided to completely reset and reshape my life and, at the behest of Steve Sexton,
I named my school the “Team Karate Center” because I was dedicated to the idea that instructors and students should work together as a team so that each student can find and create their “individual art” within the traditions of Hapkido. I believe that no matter what individual qualities a student has – natural talents or special challenges – there is profound value in the martial arts for everyone. Consequently, the core principles at our school center on the teamwork needed by all of us – teacher, instructor, student and parent (for our younger students) – to identify and promote this value.
Currently, the school follows a multicultural approach that is based on function and utility. In the core program, we focus on traditional physical skills and emphasize developing individual responsibility and core character strengths. Advanced students are introduced to an extension of Hapkido I call Blend. Since the early years, my training was based on the concept of “thinking outside the box”. I evolved Blend, in this way, to move from style-based techniques to versatile, range-based frameworks. This combines Hapkido with certain aspects of Brazilian and Japanese jujitsu, American boxing, Wing Chun and Filipino arts.
Over the past 20 years, my physical and spiritual advancements have been influenced by many remarkable people. I had the privilege of studying with Grandmaster Ji Han Jae. I am, and always will be, grateful to Master Steve Sexton and continue to extend my personal growth with the generosity of David Meyers (grappling) and Ron Balicki (Filipino Martial Arts: Trapping, Stick and Knife Techniques).
As a teacher, I have always found learning to be a fun and rewarding experience. I look forward to this philosophy, within the discipline and tradition of Hapkido, to inspire and motivate our school’s students and assistant instructors, and I offer Blend’s multifaceted challenge to give advanced students a contemporary martial art full of vision.
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