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Re: Should I try Hapkido?
« Reply #15 on: May 17, 2007, 05:47:56 PM »
My advice? Take up boxing, burn your gi.

When you can train Kaju again, do that.
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Re: Should I try Hapkido?
« Reply #16 on: May 17, 2007, 05:50:43 PM »
My opinion of Hapkido is that it has become one of those "super systems" that has absorbed pretty much everything around it.


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Re: Should I try Hapkido?
« Reply #17 on: May 17, 2007, 05:55:29 PM »
[ My opinion of Hapkido is that it has become one of those "super systems" that has absorbed pretty much everything around it.   


You smoking the good stuff Gints! 
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Re: Should I try Hapkido?
« Reply #18 on: May 17, 2007, 06:23:09 PM »
What about my hero Billy Jack?  He was Hap ki Do.  I'm so crushed. :'(

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Re: Should I try Hapkido?
« Reply #19 on: May 17, 2007, 11:59:51 PM »
You smoking the good stuff Gints! 

Perhaps.  I've seen some Hapkido classes that just spend their time jumping in the air doing spinning kicks and striking that little fot target.  On the other hand, I had a training partner that came from a Hapkido system, and he was just solid.  Anyway, take a look at the Marc Tedeschi Hapkido books at Borders or Barnes & Noble.  You'll be impressed with their encyclopedic nature.
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Re: Should I try Hapkido?
« Reply #20 on: May 18, 2007, 01:21:25 PM »
Are there any types of questions I should ask the instructor?
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Re: Should I try Hapkido?
« Reply #21 on: May 18, 2007, 01:29:06 PM »
Are there any types of questions I should ask the instructor?

Curriculum Questions:
How long till I should expect to be sparring?
How regular is sparring after that point?
How much of the curriculum is kata-based?
Are techniques pressure-tested before attempting use in sparring?
Do you attempt to incorporate ground-grappling into your curriculum?
If so...What is your/your grappling instructors credentials?

Money Questions:
Is there contracts?
If so...How long are they?
What's monthly tuition?
What is your policy if I need to take time off and/or stop training?
Will the rates be raised as I go higher in rank?
Is their fees for testing?
Do I need to purchase equipment from you?

I would ask all of them, as tactful as possible.
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Re: Should I try Hapkido?
« Reply #22 on: May 18, 2007, 04:58:41 PM »
I like to keep the questions simple.  Once you get the answers, research them on the internet and elsewhere to test their validity and judge whether they were full of __it or giving real information.

I am interested in Hapkido, where does it come from? (keep asking questions until you understand the entire story that they tell you, back as far as they can go... don't be skeptical, just curious)

Who is your instructor? (keep asking about instructor lineage until you see how far back the instructor knows his/her lineage for, once again, curious)

Are any other styles taught in this school? (get a fix on everything else is taught by the school and how it affects how things are taught/not taught)

WATCH a couple classes all the way through, both basic and advanced classes, if they will let you.

Then you can judge by what the advanced students are doing whether you think the training would be worth anything to you.

Overall, they can say whatever they want, but what matters (even if they ARE full of __it) is how good your ACTUAL training will be.   Sometimes they SAY they teach weapons, but don't ever use them in class and, if they do, not well. If you are watching classes and are impressed by what you see, then you won't be bored.  If you watch and come away wondering why they are doing what they are doing, you are probably right, go somewhere else. 8)
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Re: Should I try Hapkido?
« Reply #23 on: May 18, 2007, 05:01:14 PM »
Quote from: cirillo

don't be skeptical, just curious)

VERY well put
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Re: Should I try Hapkido?
« Reply #24 on: May 18, 2007, 09:40:42 PM »
I have been praticing Hapkido around two years and I have to tell you that most of the time I like it.  But I can't consider Hapkido better than Kaju and vice versa (dont ask me twice because I could be bias and tell you that Kaju is the best of all!). They have different ways to defend themselves.  The only thing that I will think twice is using some joint locks that required to much precision to be effective.
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Re: Should I try Hapkido?
« Reply #25 on: May 18, 2007, 11:42:31 PM »
I heard if you practice Hapkido you have to wear a cowboy hat and boots.......
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Re: Should I try Hapkido?
« Reply #26 on: May 19, 2007, 01:25:28 AM »
I think if you're referring to Chuck, he's a Tang Soo Do guy.

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Re: Should I try Hapkido?
« Reply #27 on: May 19, 2007, 01:51:44 AM »
Nope your off on your reference...think 70's, think Billy Jack...and that was Hapkido
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Re: Should I try Hapkido?
« Reply #28 on: May 19, 2007, 01:57:23 AM »
He didn't wear a cowboy hat, he was half Indian with the feather in his hat.  That's why I thought you meant the other guy.  If you go about 8 posts up, I already referenced Billy Jack.
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Re: Should I try Hapkido?
« Reply #29 on: May 19, 2007, 01:59:18 AM »
The first Billy Jack not the born losers, the hat looked cowboy to me, maybe he stole it from a Cowboy after scalping, but yes the feather was in it, ...guess I better look it's been a while....
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