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PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING NEW MEMBERS AT THIS TIME. AND TRAINING IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. If you would like to be considered for future membership when space becomes available, please fill out our application.

Since 2005, Hwa Yu Won HapKiDo has been providing instruction in Hapkido and the martial arts in the Las Vegas, NV area.

We hope you enjoy our website and will stop by and visit us if you are in the area. This site is designed to give you information about our facility, our style of martial arts, our staff and provide you with information on how to contact us as well.

What is Hapkido?

Hapkido Hapkido literally translated: Hap means "coordination of harmony," Ki means "the essence of power," and Do means "the art" - in short, "the Way of Coordination and Internal Power."

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 emphasizes circular motion, non-resistive movements, and control of the opponent. Although Hapkido contains both outfighting and infighting techniques, the goal in most situations is to get inside for a close-in strike, lock, or throw.

Hapkido The essence of Hapkido is to gain 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. This makes this style more suitable for women, as they are not required to meet an attacker head on.


Some of the striking and kicking practice is form-like with no partner; however, most is done with a partner who is holding heavy pads that the student strikes and kicks full power. There is some weapons training for advanced students - primarily belt, knife, cane, and short stick. Forms and sparring are offered by some schools. There are no Hapkido competitions.

Many Hapkido techniques are unsuitable for use in sparring, as their use would result in injury, even when protective gear is used. There is generally an emphasis on physical conditioning and excercise, including "ki" exercises.

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