Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Old Hapkido Master
Last post featured a very old T.T. Liang performing the Taiji San-Shou form, today we view one Bad-Ass old Hapkido master at work... Wow! This guy doesn't hold back, you know his students must just be cringing in expectation of the pain that will follow.
While Hapkido is a Korean hybrid of Tae Kyon and Aikijitsu, there is a distinctive Korean flavor to the movement. Much more linear than Bagua and Aikido, but with it's grappling roots in Chinese Chin Na.
Look for this example: See how he really makes use of shoulder and hip checks to reverse direction. This is generally in closer in than other locking systems (in my opinion) and is used very effectively. It also reminds me of Kou, or "shoulder/hip" in Tai Chi Chuan.
All in all, a very painful demonstration! I wonder what the Aikido and Jujitsu guys out there have to add?