Hapki-Sun(Zen) is the discipline built on philosophical thoughts.
Hapki-Sun is based on two philosophical principles. One is the principle of motion, which is based on the motion of the universe (원circle 유water 화harmony) and the other is the principle of energy, which is based on the condensed energy from the unity of human body and mind (mind, spirit, and body) The former is from the culture and philosophy of the Oriental people, which lead them to be obedient to the universe. The latter is from the philosophy of Korean Hapki-Sun based on three elements sky, earth and human being, which leads to the discipline to unify our mind, spirit, and body with the universe. The former is the discipline of obedience based on Confucian principles. The latter is the discipline to train ourselves on Buddhist principles.PS.The first training programs of GHF. Hapki-Sun are based on Confucianism and taoism, and the second programs are based on Buddhism. Programs The first training programs of GHF.Hapki-Sun are designed for training for damaging ways such as defense and offense, and the second training programs are for the training to move to the nature of the universe by communicating with the counterpart and helping with each other.Even at present our martial arts seem to train the damaging ways of punching, kicking, breaking, and throwing, which are for fighting and protecting the body. In Hapkizen, however, if one stops at the appropriate moment when attacking it may benefit rather than hurt the counterpart, and if one stops at the appropriate moment when defending and pressing it may give good energy to the counterpart and benefit him. The training of GHF is to help communicating and corresponding with each other like this. When young, one may want to train through damaging ways because he is energetic, and when one is old and on a higher level, he wants to train through benefiting and helping the others, overcoming the damaging ways and enter into the world of zen through discipline For the first programs one can learn through internet because one can master ways of offense and defense by learning their technique using texts and videos. However, for the second programs one needs deeper training with the help of the trainer who is at the higher level because the second programs are designed for the systematic training which provides liveliness and energy to the body and mind through sophisticated and philosophical training.training. You see, without progress and innovation any art will cease to evolve and eventually die out.
My biggest wish is that all the hapkido federations will come together into one federation. I am using the internet to bring out my ideas about this idea of mine. I was the first in Korea to use the internet to introduce the hapkido.
If you ask me who the founder of modern hapkido is I must say that according to me that this is Ji, Han Jae. Choi, Yong Sul is the father of hapkido, but GM Ji made it what it is today. He started the fire, so to speak. I have met GM Ji several times and he is a great hapkido person.
What will be the future for hapkido? Ah, if I only knew. My wish for the future is to change the system so that it becomes universal. Now federations (present time) are kind of egoistic in their way of thinking. In this I mean how techniques and how the organization it selves are organized. I wish, and hope that all the federations can start to talk with each other. When they start to do this, they will find out that they really can learn from each other. From this we can build relations further, and bring the cooperation to a higher level. First talk, the action…”