Welcome To Art of Hapkido Hapkido (Hop-key-dough) means the way of coordinated power. As a hapkido student you will have the opportunity to learn the most advance techniques in self-defense. Hapkido specializes in hand techniques, pressure points, joint manipulation, grappling, weapons, and gaining control of an opponent with minimum effort, therefore Hapkido is a complete martial art. Benefits of Learning Hapkido As a Hapkido, student you will notice an increase in self-esteem, confidence, and coordination. Hapkido known through out the world as a peaceful, however reality based martial art. Hapkido is also a stress reducing and is considered as a healing art. Philosophy of Hapkido A healthy mind and health body is neccessary for a healthy life. One philosopher once said, "Hapkido training does not just stop at training with techniques, but it develops and enhances physical and mental culture." Hapkido helps develop the body through equal physical and mental training. The balance of the training provides more stability in family and life through Dan Jon, control of heart and lungs. Safe joint twisting techniques stimulate nerves and overall metabolsim, also balancing blood pressure and organs. Hapkido training can delay the inflexibility of old age. The peak of mental discipline and culture is called sun (serenity in a clear and peaceful state of mind). Sun can be obatined through chung (tranquility of the mind). In Hapkido, through physical movement, one can acheive chung. Thus, through physical movement, one can obtain sun. In other words, one can maintain a calm and concentrated mental state even during the vigorous physical movement of Hapkido. Hapkido is not merely a martial art, but a way of living and a philosophy of life. Ultimately, students of Hapkido should try to attain sun. When a person attains sun, he becomes a constructive member in society. For this reason, there is no age restrictions in Hapkido. For younger students, physcial development and growth is stressed, while older students, the emphasis is placed on mental development. Our Instructors are Internationally Certifed Hapkido Instructors There are several instructors on the floor during each class, therefore everyone receives the highest quailty of instruction. Come and learn in a professional and comfortable atmosphere. Classes schedule We offer separate classes for beginners, advance, and Black Belts. Enrollment is limited. Please give us a call for details! Appointments only, Please call (313) 581-8999.
Grandmaster Myung Grandmaster Kwang Sik Myung has been very fond of martial arts ever since his childhood. He began studying martial arts at the age of eight and became a first degree black belt in Hapkido at the age of twelve. As a high school student, he was a leader in organizing classes for his fellow students. Throughout his youth, he studied many styles of martial arts, including Karate, Yudo, Kumdo, Charyuk, Tang Soo Do and Tae Kwon Do. He learned accupunture, oriental calligraphy, and oriental Indian ink painting.
After graduating from high school, Grandmaster Myung majored in commerce at Sung Kyun Kwan University in Seoul, Korea. While in college, he was also an active instructor at the Korea general headquarters of the Korean Hapkido Association. Upon his graduation, he was appointed as the director of the Northern Branch Dojang of the Korean Hapkido Assoication.
Endeavoring to attain the highest degree of perfection in his art, Grandmaster Myung lived, for several years, a monastic experience at Mount Taebaik. He then traveled to Southeast Asia to spread knowledge of his beloved art. Upon his return, he founded the Korean Yon Moo Kwan Hapkido Association.
In honor of his considerable contribuation, he was appointed as a permanent director of the Korean Hapkido Association. Grandmaster Myung then founded an Institute for the furtherance of Hapkido that provided specialize training to the directors, instructors, and advance degree black belt holders (masters) of each dojang. In recognition of his achievement, he was promoted to senior instructor.
At the behest of the government of the United States of America, Grandmaster Myung was extended an invitation to visit the states.
The advancements of modern Hapkido in Korea can largely be attributed to the efforts of Grandmaster Yong Sool Choi. At the time of these advancements, the Korean Yon Moo Kwan Hapkido Association, which had already been in existence for many decades, became a major organization of Hapkido.
High ranking Hapkido master from various countries established the World Hapkido Association in Detroit, Michigan on December 20, 1973. When it was established, there was no organization or specific person that unified the masters of the schools in the United States or other countries, there were only a limited number of small associations with a few members.
The World Hapkido Association had the widespread support and encouragement of the Hapkido community, holding its first general meeting in Detroit, Michigan on June 23, 1974. Grandmaster Myung was elected president and Detroit would become the headquarter.
After the first meeting, many general assembly meetings have been held. In 1976 and 1978, the second and third general meetings, respectively, closer ties were formed between the Hapkido masters. The fourth meeting, held on June 29, 1981, was held in Chicago, Illinois. At the sixth meeting, held on September 29, 1985, the Association had firmly established itself as a representative of Hapkido.
Michigan Branch The Michigan Hapkido Dojang is headed by Elliott Cooper, Cheif Instructor and Michigan Hapkido representative. Mr. Cooper has been studying Hapkido for over 40 years and is a student of late Grandmaster Myung.
Mr. Cooper is also Senior Tactical Defense Instructor of the American Defensive Tactics School, Inc (ADT).