The Meaning of Hapkido

Hapkido is a Korean martial arts that uses kicks, strikes, throws, and join locks. It is a very versatile style of combat.

  • Hap – means “coordinated” or “joining”
  • Ki – means internal energy, spirit, strength, or power
  • Do – means “way’ or “art”

It is most often translated as “the way of coordinated power”.


  • Harmony
  • Circle
  • Flow

Why Hapkido?

Hapkido is known for its self-defense applications that many martial arts have lost in favor of becoming a sport.

It emphasizes circular motion and control of the opponent. The essence of this martial art is to gain advantage through technique, avoiding the use of strength against strength. Thus a “weaker” person is able to defend him/herself against a “stronger” attacker.

Come and train in this unique style of self-defense at Pope Taekwondo academy.