The Top 12 Aspects of Hapkido Philosophy that Every Instructor Should Know by KJN Richard Hackworth
Here are the top 12 aspects of Hapkido philosophy that every instructor should know:
Harmony: Hapkido is based on the principle of harmony. This means that practitioners should strive to find balance in all aspects of their lives, both physical and mental.
Respect: Hapkido teaches that everyone deserves to be treated with respect, regardless of their age, gender, or social status.
Self-defense: Hapkido is a self-defense art, and it teaches practitioners how to defend themselves against attack. However, it is important to remember that Hapkido should only be used as a last resort.
Discipline: Hapkido requires a great deal of discipline, both physical and mental. Practitioners must be willing to put in the hard work and dedication necessary to learn the art.
Courage: Hapkido teaches practitioners to face their fears and overcome them. This can be a valuable lesson in all aspects of life.
Perseverance: Hapkido is a lifelong journey, and there will be times when it is difficult to continue. However, it is important to persevere and never give up.
Humility: Hapkido teaches practitioners to be humble and to always be willing to learn from others.
Open-mindedness: Hapkido is a constantly evolving art, and it is important to be open to new ideas and techniques.
Kindness: Hapkido teaches practitioners to be kind and compassionate to others.
Loyalty: Hapkido teaches practitioners to be loyal to their teachers, their schools, and their fellow practitioners.
Responsibility: Hapkido teaches practitioners to be responsible for their actions and to always strive to do the right thing.
Wisdom: Hapkido teaches practitioners to seek wisdom and to use it to make wise choices in life.
These are just a few of the many aspects of Hapkido philosophy that every instructor should know. By understanding and embodying these principles, instructors can help their students to become better martial artists and better people.
Here are some additional tips for instructors who want to teach Hapkido philosophy:
Be a role model: The best way to teach Hapkido philosophy is to live it yourself. Be kind, compassionate, and responsible, and your students will follow your lead.
Talk about philosophy: Don’t be afraid to talk about Hapkido philosophy with your students. Explain the principles behind the art and how they can apply them to their own lives.
Use stories: Stories can be a great way to teach Hapkido philosophy. Tell stories about the history of our art, the lives of great masters, or even fictional stories that illustrate the principles of Hapkido.
Make it fun: Philosophy doesn’t have to be boring. Make it fun for your students by using games, activities, and other creative methods.
By following these tips, you can help your students to learn the philosophy of Hapkido and apply it to their own lives. This will make them better martial artists and better people.
About the author: KJN Richard Hackworth is the Vice President of the International Independent Hapkido Alliance. He is a full time professional martial arts teacher as well as a business and life coach mentor.
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