Since 1990, American Hapkido Mixed Martial Arts Training Center has remained the oldest and largest Center in providing instruction in Hapkido and Mixed Martial Arts in the Moorpark, CA area.
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What is Hapkido?
Hapkido MMA literally translated: Hap means "coordination of harmony," Ki means "the essence of power," and Do means "the art" - in short, "the Way of Coordinated Power."
The essence of Hapkido MMA is to gain the advantage through technique, avoiding the use of strength against strength. For example, if the attack is strong, one must receive it gently. If the attack is gentle, one must counter it powerfully. Re-directing your opponent's attack makes this style more suitable for students who's size and strength are less than average, as they are not required to meet an attacker head on.
Hapkido Mixed Martial Arts instills in its practitioners a sense of Morality, Dignity and Self–Respect, along with the physical development and mental well-being. Regardless of the age of the practitioner, the true spirit of Hapkido enables one to develop respect for his\her fellow man by physical and mental growth, and most importantly to develop a Perfection of Character. Since the students constant pursuit is directed toward the perfect Control of Mind and Body, and since his whole attitude is based on Peace and Harmony with others, he will Never Advocate Violence nor look for trouble. When an individual has true confidence in himself, he can be polite and respectful to others. He does not have to show off. He can act with Humility and dignity. His physical strength and mental energy can be used for constructive causes such as helping others and improving Society. Sustained by a sense of Pride, Self-Respect, and inner-Peace, we strive for victory over our own Weaknesses. To Conquer Fear, to know True Honor, and to develop the courage to Refuse Failure is our real goal. The respect we seek is our own. The victory that we seek is to Conquer Ourselves.
Hapkido uses diversion or suppression and combines skeletal joint locks, pressure points, throws, kicks, and strikes for self-defense. The Hapkido practitioner uses their attacker's power against him. Hapkido MMA emphasizes circular motion, non-resistive movements, and control of the opponent. Hapkido MMA's reputation for powerful kicking, as in most all Korean styles, is well documented. Although, Hapkido MMA contains both outfighting and infighting techniques, the goal in most situations is to get inside for a close-in strike, lock, or throw. Submission or finishing techniques are used to control the attacker once they reached the ground this is also know as (verbal judo).
Many Hapkido MMA techniques are unsuitable for use in sparring, as their use would result in injury, even when protective gear is used. Sparring is available, but emphasizes the use of proper body alignment and timing exercises through kicking and punching techniques.
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American Hapkido Mixed Martial Arts is a team of highly motivated individuals dedicated to the development of character and inner peace characterized by superb quality and economic viability. Our strength is generated from our commitment to our students, our people, our industry and our communities.
Our Clients - We are committed to providing our students with high quality instruction and responsive management services and creating enjoyable and productive learning, living and working environments. We are fair, honest, courteous and professional. We are sensitive to our students needs and dedicated to their satisfaction.
Our Staff - We are committed to the recruitment and development of the best individuals in our industry. We provide our staff opportunities to grow and a vested interest in the success of the company. We maintain an open door policy at all levels, encouraging the flow of communication and exchange of ideas. We recognize the importance of each individual and his or her active role in the success of the entire company. We expect that American Hapkido will be known for its character, commitment and competence.
Our Industry - We are committed to leading the martial arts industry by our integrity, innovation, student satisfaction and personal growth.
Our Communities - We are committed to the enhancement of the communities of which we are a part, through our leadership and active participation in community affairs.
Our Location - Our reputation for quality and service has remained the model of excellence for all other schools in our area and surrounding communities.