Monday, October 8, 2007
More Serious Hapkido Thrashing
Well, for as much as I gripe about WTF Tae kwon Do sport fighting styles, the Koreans make up for it with Hapkido. Hapkido is simply one Bad-Ass fighting system.
Our old TKD school, under Master Tae Hong Choi, had one night a week that was just Hapkido, but it never got quite as flashy as the techniques in this video. I was so interested in Hapkido, I bought a rattan cane like the ones I'd seen the masters use. One class I happened to have my cane with me, and Master Choi saw it and flipped out. He loved it and proceded to give me a painful demonstration of how the Hapkido cane is used. In fact he loved the cane so much, he asked me if he could have it. Well, "of course" I said and handed him the cane. The loss of my cane was nothing compared to the honor of giving it to the Master of our system. Mr. Choi went on to use it in demonstrations and I had some first-hand lessons in the use of the cane. This video is Master Lee Chang Soo, and he does some pretty serious cane techniques toward the end of the video-- very nice!