Korean Arts

TaeKwonDo

TaeKwonDo is a Korean martial art, characterized by its emphasis on head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques.


TaeKwonDo was developed during the 1940s and 1950s by various martial artists who combined elements of karate and Chinese martial arts with traditional Korean martial arts traditions such as Taekkyeon, Subak, and Gwonbeop. The oldest governing body for TaeKwonDo is the Korea TaeKwonDo Association (KTA), formed in 1959 through a collaborative effort by representatives from the nine original kwans, or martial arts schools, in Korea. The main international organizational bodies for TaeKwonDo today are the International TaeKwonDo Federation (ITF), founded by Choi Hong Hi in 1966, and the partnership of the Kukkiwon and World TaeKwonDo (WT, formerly WTF), founded in 1972 and 1973 respectively by the Korea TaeKwonDo Association. Gyeorugi, a type of full-contact sparring, has been an Olympic event since 2000. The governing body for TaeKwonDo in the Olympics and Paralympics is World TaeKwonDo. We offer the very best TaeKwonDo in Junction City!


Hapkido

Hapkido is a Korean martial art that is written with the same three Chinese characters as aikido. Hapkido’s techniques, however, bear little resemblance to aikido’s. Although Choi Yong-sul is credited with founding hapkido, it’s probably more accurate to say that hapkido arose from a collaborative effort among a small group of Korean nationals (Ji Han-jae, Kim Moo-hong, Suh Bok-sub and Myung Jae-nam) following the period of Japanese colonialism in Korea.


Hapkido originally focused on pressure-point strikes, joint locks and throws, but now, thanks to the influence of hapkido expert Ji Han-jae, it also includes highly refined kicks and hand strikes. Various weapons are taught, including the cane (perhaps influenced by French savate), staff and belt. Development of the practitioner’s ki (life force) is also stressed. Hapkido, which doesn’t have any forms, is usually considered a self-defense style rather than a martial sport.

Sa Bum Nim Nathan Hunt, holds 4th Degree Black Belts in both Hapkido and Taekwondo.