History of Hapkido
Hapkido is a Korean Martial Art familiar to most people knowledgeable in the Martial Arts field. Not many people, however, actually know of its origins and more importantly, what makes it unique. Hapkido was derived from Daito-ryu-Aikijujutsu. "This art, which is said to be the continuation of a martial tradition of the Aizu Clan dating back several hundred years, was propagated in many areas of Japan during the Meiji, Taisho, and early Showa periods by the famous martial artist, Sokaku Takeda. Known equally for his martial prowess and severity of character, Takeda had used his skills in life-and-death encounters on more than one occasion." as told by Stanley Pranin of Aiki News. Aikijujutsu was brought over from Japan to Korea in 1946 after World War II by Young-Sool Choi, the founder of Hapkiyoosool. Choi studied with the same Master of Aikijujutsu (Sokaku Takeda) as did Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. People often ask, "Why did they not just call it Aikijujutsu then?" Hapkiyoosool is how the Korean Language pronounces the same Kanji (Hanmoon) as the Japanese Language pronounces it Aikijujutsu. So in reality, it was the same thing by a different name. "Hap" means Harmony. "Ki" is our Spirit. "Yoo Sool" means "soft technique" and refers to the circular movements. "Do" means "way". Hapkido is a way of life and the Hapkiyoosool are specific to the techniques. Our federation uses Hapkiyoosool because our roots are from Takeda Sokaku through Choi, Yong-Sul. Hapkiyoosool was changed to Hapkido because it became a way of life, not just technique.