The Korean martial art of Hapkido is world-renowned for it’s practical, versatile and effective system of self-defense. It is characterized by its unique joint-locks, throws, falling, punching and kicking. Developed in the 1950’s and 1960’s it was quickly adapted by elite military units, police agencies and bodyguards around the world and is still in use by them today. While it is one of the more physically demanding martial arts, Hapkido in its truest and traditional form also teaches students to draw on their inner power and energy through unique training methods, breathing and meditation. As students learn to balance and harmonize this internal power they realize the practical application in self defense and their lifestyle in general. All told the overall philosophy of the Hapkido practitioner emphasizes the integration of mind, body, and spirit; the perfection of human character; social responsibility; and appropriate use of force. For this reason it is one of the most coveted black belts in Korea.