HAP –  coordinated

KI –  internal energy

DO – “the way”

Welcome to Hapkido

It is most often translated as “the way of coordinating energy” or “the way of harmony”. Although aikido and hapkido are believed by many to share a common history, they remain separate and distinct from one another. They differ significantly in philosophy, range of responses and manner of executing techniques.

The Program

Hapkido (also spelled hap ki do or hapki-do is a dynamic Korean martial art, which compliments Taekwondo. It is a form of self-defence that employs joint locks on the weaker points of the body to restrain an attacker. Kicks, punches, and other striking attacks are taught which are both similar and different from Taekwondo. Traditional weapons, including the sword, walking cane, short stick, and staff (pole) are all taught in hapkido. Students are also taught how to roll and break fall like judo. Hapkido contains both long and close range fighting techniques, utilising jumping kicks and percussive hand strikes at longer ranges and pressure point strikes, joint locks, or throws at closer fighting distances. Hapkido emphasizes circular motion, non-resisting movements, and control of the opponent. Practitioners seek to gain advantage through footwork and body positioning to employ leverage, avoiding the use of strength against strength. The art copied from a jujutsu system taught by Choi Yong-Sool who returned to Korea after World War II, having lived in Japan for 30 years. This system was later combined with kicking and striking techniques of indigenous and contemporary arts such as taekkyeon and tang soo do. Its history is obscured by the historical animosity between the Korean and Japanese people following the Second World War.


At Tan’s we believe that developing a sound body and mind are critical to getting the most out of life.  You will experience a unique approach to exercise that benefits the body and the mind.  To strengthen your body, you will begin with isometric and dynamic tension exercises.  Flexibility will be enhanced through a gradual building process of safe and easy stretching techniques.  You will find that the breathing and concentration exercises sharpen your senses and reflexes while allowing you to relax from the stress of daily life. This unique combination of using the power of the body and of the mind is the key to increased energy, self discipline, and fitness for a longer happier life.


  • Improved Reflexes and Coordination which increases your performance in all physical activities.
  • Increased Strength and Stamina boosts energy so you feel great all day
  • Increased Flexibility & Weight Control for better overall fitness
  • Great Cardiovascular Work Out keeps you in good shape physically

Mental Benefits:

  • Improved Concentration for better work and study habits
  • Stress reduction & Increased Levels of Relaxation for a longer, healthier life
  • The Peace of Mind that comes from knowing that you are able to Protect Yourself & Your Family
  • Increased Self Confidence & Self Discipline to develop a positive attitude toward life

Why Choose Us?

You’ll get personal attention and teaching excellence

The best reason for starting Hapkido is your own, but whatever motivation you have for getting started you’ll find our instructor’s ready and willing to help you attain your goals. Our school is founded on the principles of teaching excellence, personal attention and tradition.

We provide you with the most complete and effective methods to help you reach your full potential. At Tan’s, our instructors are personally selected, not only for their martial arts skill, but also for their ability to effectively communicate their knowledge and understanding to students of all ages. We know that each student has different goals and strive to help you reach yours.

There are many great reasons to get involved in our program but the many benefits you will derive don’t start happening until you ACT!

Hapkido Class Times




  • Monday & Thursday
  • 7.00-8.00pm
  • Tuesday & Thursday
  • 7.30-8.30pm
  • Monday & Wednesday
  • 7.00-8.00pm