Hapkido is a Korean martial art in its origin and has grown to become an international martial art. Like most Asian martial arts, Hapkido has enjoyed the benefit of a millenniums of information sharing across the Yellow Sea, The Sea of Japan and the East Chinese Sea.
Hapkido evolved during the middle of the 20th century along with other modern martial arts, such as Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Judo and modern Jujutsu. These arts also share a foundation of older arts, such as indigenous Korean arts, Chinese arts, Japanese arts and Okinawan arts.
Hapkido attempts to integrate seven areas to form its fundamentals and core techniques: approximately 1000 strikes and kicks, avoiding and blocking, holding and locking, throwing, weapons, internal development and healing arts.
Hapkido is a great art to study once a martial artist has proficiency of the basics of a hard style, such as Tae Kwon Do or Karate, and is one of the most effective self defense arts.