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Guess Who Didn’t Get In The Hapkido Beginners’ Course

Here I am really psyched about learning more of the Korean martial art of Hapkido.

This is what I have found out about Hapkido:

The term Hapkido itself consists of three words which are

hap ‘coordinating’
ki ‘energy’
do ‘way’

Let’s just settle for ‘the way of coordinating energy’, shall we?

Hapkido is a form of self defense that uses joint locks and techniques of other martial arts.

It also incorporates traditional weapons, including the short stick, cane, rope, nunchucku, sword, and even the staff.

As a Hapkidoka (does that sound right?) you learn how to apply long and close range fighting techniques, using dynamic kicking and percussive hand strikes at longer ranges and pressure point strikes, jointlocks, or throws at closer fighting distances.

Hapkido is all about circular, non-resisting movements, and about controlling your opponent.

You learn the advantage through footwork and body positioning to get leverage, so you can avoid using strength against strength.

Hapkido was developed from Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu or a closely related jujutsu system taught by Choi Yong Sul who returned to Korea after WWII, having lived in Japan for 30 years.

This system was later combined with kicking and striking techniques of taekkyeon and tang soo do.

But back to me being all psyched about starting with Hapkido.

The latest publication of my local county’s Parks & Recreation Fall Activity Guide listed a beginners’ course with 8 lessons for a really reasonable fee which definitely got my interest.

So, I call the program coordinator who tells me that they needed just one more participant for the course to take place. Sounds like a plan to me!

I jump into my car and head on over to their offices to sign up.

There I am filling out all the forms as diligently as you would expect from any serious, law-abiding martial artist.

Then the program coordinator drops the bomb after I had completed all the filling out stuff:

“Sir, you are aware that this course is targeted to kids from 6 years and older?”

Well, now that he brought it to my attention, I was. Thank you very much!

While I processed this new and vital information, I asked him to tell me what the average age of the other course participants who had signed up so far.

Guess what his answer was!

“Six years old.”

Well, I don’t know about you guys, but that is not the kind of course yours truly wantedto get in.

I was looking for something more like what you see in the video below, just click on the YouTube link:


If you have tried Hapkido or have been a practitioner for a couple years now, let me know about your experience. I really want to know.


Road House – The Real Deal

Anybody remember the Patrick Swayze movie “Road House”?

You know the one in which he plays a professional “cooler” (i.e. specialized doorman, or bouncer) with a mysterious past who is enticed from his current job in New York City by  a club owner to take over security at his club/bar.

I agree that this was not one of the finer specimens presented on the Big Screen, but at one time or another in our lives we just want to watch a couple of fight scenes, right?!

Did you know that martial arts great, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, was actually the fight choreographer? Really ….


But there’s another martial arts great I wanted to tak about who is also known as “Road House” and for me he is the Real Deal.

I’m talking about Grand Master Steve Sexton, 8th degree Hapkido black belt.

He is a street fighting legend in the San Fernando Valley area of California who has been in real combat situations. On a regular base, Master Sexton is one of the few martial artists who uses traditional Hapkido techniques in real life self-defense situations.

Master Sexton has over 25 years experience as a professional Bouncer and his Hapkido skills have kept him safe in countless dangerous street fighting encounters against all kinds of aggressive people out to do bodily harm.

 On the night club circuit he has experienced every type of assault from one-on-one confrontations to multiple attackers. He’s been shot at and has disarmed numerous knife, bottle and club wielding crazies. He attributes his survival to the hightly effective self-defense techniques of Korean Hapkido which includes striking, kicking, throwing, joint locking, chokes, ciruclar movements, angle attacks, weapons disarming techniques, leveraging, redirecting your attackers force against himself and much more.

Remember that Patrick Swayze movie “Road House”? Well, then you’ve got a glimpse of the Legend of Steve Sexton, hence the nickname “Road House”.

And if you think a cane can only fulfill one purpose, think again: