There are so many martial arts to choose from – from the well know Karate and Kung Fu to the lesser known Systema and Bakom. But how do you know which one is right for you?
The truth is, you don’t. Until you try it. And even then, you need to ensure that the form of martial art and the school and the way they teach matches your expectations and ambitions.
Arguably, we’re biased. Our black-belts have over 85 years worth of martial arts experience between them, most of which is in the art of Hapkido. And there’s good reason for that! They genuinely have a passion for it.
Hapkido is what you could call a ‘reality-based’ self defense. We use traditional techniques such as strikes, locks and throws, but at Hapkido Hosinsul we apply them to hypothetical situations you may dread to find yourself in.
About to be dragged into a car?
(thankfully Carlesha Freeland-Gaither was found safe and well after the above abduction)
Close contact in a bar with a hook punch coming at your face?
Grabbed round the neck from behind on the bus?
Pushed to the ground with a kick aimed at your stomach?
Would you know what to do?
We teach techniques, skills and most importantly confidence to our students so that God-forbid they find themselves in a situation where they need to defend themselves, they can. And they will.
It’s non-agressive… but don’t mess with us
Hapkido is also a fairly ‘passive’ form of self defense. When confronted, we’ll make it clear that we don’t want to fight. Unlike other martial arts where you may raise your fists and take a fighting stance if threatened, we don’t. We take a guard stance to protect ourselves. It’s non-threatening and it’s non-confrontational. Ideally if we can escape the situation without any contact, we will. And I’m not ashamed to say my first instinct would be to turn and run if I could. But don’t get me wrong, if we need to, we will fiercely defend ourselves. And our opponent will get hurt.
You’ll get fit
At Hapkido Hosinsul we also spend time on improving our agility, flexibility, endurance and strength. Pushups; crunches; lunges; planks; relay races… you name it. Our warm-up lasts about 20 minutes and it’s basically a circuit training session. So fitness is a key part of our training regime. And as much as we complain about being exhausted, secretly we love it.
So if you’re considering a martial art, or looking for some self defense, we’d love you to come along and give us a try. Give Russ a call on 0423801991 to find out more, or have a look at what to expect on your first night training with us! To encourage newbies to try Hapkido Hosinsul, we give the first two lessons for free so hopefully we’ll see you soon!