Here are some of the most common questions and answers asked by those interested in learning hapkido. If you don’t find the answer to your question here or are interested in signing up for classes please contact us and we will get to you in a timely manor
Q: At what age can one start learning Hapkido?
A: Anyone over the age of five can start learning Hapkido.
Q: What kind of equipment do I need to buy in order to start Hapkido lessons?
A: Unlike other martial arts or martial sports, there’s no sparring involved so no need to buy expensive gear. The only thing you need is the uniform.
Q: How qualified are your instructors?
A: Our Instructor Master Major Kim has over 15 years of experience teaching martial arts. Learn more about our master instructor and Eagle Talon Martial Arts.
Q: What does Hapkido mean?
Q: Why don’t you spar in hapkido like other martial arts?
A: Our Hapkido is tuned for real-world scenarios, for example when the floors are concrete and there may be multiple attackers. We have chosen not to modify or regulate it as a sport. There are no competitions, tournaments or championships.
Q: How long is each lesson?
A: Our lessons are one hour in duration. In addition to our regular scheduled sessions, students can book one-on-one private lessons. View Class Schedule
Q: If Hapkido is so good, then why haven’t I heard of it?
A: Hapkido is a “hidden” martial art because many people have never even heard of it – let alone know what it is. Instead of just seeing the techniques in movies or in demonstrations, we want to give people the chance to “feel” and experience the awesome power of Hapkido for themselves.
Q: How is Hapkido different from other martial arts/sports?
A: Hapkido is multi-faceted, broad, and rigorous because it incorporates the best skills from a wide range of other martial arts. See how Hapkido compares to a few of the other known martial arts.
Q: How long does it take to get a Black-Belt in Hapkido?
A: It depends on how much time and energy you are willing to dedicate to it. The more you practice, the faster you will achieve your goals and advance to the next BELT LEVEL. Remember, our focus is your personal health and effective self-defense. One can easily advance from one belt level onto the next in a matter of months. But if your goal is to show off your skills and to impress your friends, then perhaps Hapkido is not right for you.
Q: If belts are not important, then why have them at all?
A: We use colored belts to indicate and acknowledge each student’s level of skill. From beginning to advanced, the five belt levels are white, blue, green, red, and black. We extend the same courtesy to all students, regardless of rank. When we line up in class, we line up in order of rank. Typically, this is the only emphasis we place on rank.