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Hapkido roughly translated is the art of coordinating ones power. Hapkido is the primary system of Korean martial art that exists solely and strictly for the purpose of self-defense. So effective is Hapkido, that during the Vietnam conflict, United States special-forces groups were taught the skills of Hapkido as a means of hand to hand combat. Within a scenario of self-defense a hapkidoist usually avoids meeting an attack head on. The Hapkidoist stands his ground and wait for the assault unless the situation warrants for an offensive response. When attacked a hapkidoist’s usual response is to step to the side and deflect the blow before taking the offensive by countering with numerous attacks, taking full advantage of the opponent's momentum and motions. While this is the main course of action taught in hapkido in order to manage conflict, when necessary hapkidoist are taught preemptive techniques that encompass the same physical conflict resolution strategies. The hapkidoist’s objective is to overwhelm the opponent with swift, strong and tremendous force. The hapkidoist achieves this objective through a series of counter-offensive techniques involving strikes, kicks, pressure point strikes, joint locks, sweeps and/or throws.
Jung Shin Gum Sool is a Korean martial Art known as “the techniques or way of the sword”. Koguryo Gumsool is the sword art of the ancient Ssabori warriors of medieval Korea. The arts of Korean swordsmanship disappeared after the 40 year occupation of Korea by the Japanese. Most of the Korean Sword arts are recreations of ancient text incorporated to Japanese Tojutsu (刀術) which translates literally as "sword techniques".We follow the philosophical teachings of the Samurangs, their art focused on unifying the body, spirit, and mind, while promoting mental, physical, and spiritual development. The practice of Koguryo Gumsool is intended to build both physical and psychological skills. Most importantly Koguryo Gumsool is intended to build and strengthen the practitioners’ characters, ethics and morality. This is accomplished through rigorous training of very specific and detailed sword skills and the application of these skills in fencing.