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Hapkido + Self-Defense Classes for Adults and Teens

What is Self-Defense?

Self-defense is the use of force to protect oneself or others from harm. While laws regarding self-defense may vary by jurisdiction, there are generally several criteria that must be met for a person to claim self-defense, including:

Imminent threat: The person must have a reasonable belief that they or someone else is in imminent danger of bodily harm or death.

Proportionality: The force used in self-defense must be proportional to the threat posed. In other words, the person cannot use more force than necessary to neutralize the threat.

Avoidance: The person must have tried to avoid the confrontation and used all reasonable means to escape or defuse the situation.

Reasonable belief: The person must have a reasonable belief that the force used is necessary to defend themselves or others.

It's important to note that self-defense laws can be complex, and the specific requirements may differ depending on the jurisdiction and circumstances of the situation. It's always best to consult with a legal professional for guidance on self-defense laws in your area.

Our basic self-defense system focuses on practical self-defense techniques, including strikes, kicks, joint locks, etc. 

Our self-defense classes cover various techniques and strategies to help students defend themselves in threatening or dangerous situations. Some of the topics that we covered in our self-defense classes include:


  • Situational awareness: One of the most important aspects of self-defense is being aware of your surroundings and being able to identify potential threats before they become dangerous. 

  • Verbal de-escalation: Verbal communication skills are an essential tool in avoiding conflicts or diffusing tense situations. 

  • Physical techniques: Our Self-defense classes teach a range of physical techniques, including strikes, blocks, kicks, and grappling, to help students protect themselves if they are physically attacked.

  • Ground defense: Ground defense techniques are taught to help individuals defend themselves if they are knocked to the ground during an attack.

  • Escape techniques: Students learn how to escape from various holds and restraints, including chokes and grabs.

  • Weapon defense: Techniques for defending against armed attackers, including knives and guns, should be taught. 

  • Self-defense mindset: Students are taught to develop a self-defense mindset that emphasizes avoidance, escape, and de-escalation whenever possible, and that prepares them mentally to defend themselves if necessary.


Tuesday & Thursday

7:30 PM to 8:30 PM



2 Week Trial Classes + T-Shirt


Month To Month Regular Classes

$100.00 Per Month

Each Additional Family Member

$80.00 Per Month




Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do you measure a student's progress in Hapkido + Self-Defense Training?

As a student progresses in rank, his belt color changes to reflect his progress. Within a rank, we use stripes on the belt to measure the student’s progress until the student has earned enough stripes to test for a new rank and belt color. These are the small goals we set for students to achieve their Big Goal of Black Belt.

Q. What is the key to success in Hapkido + Self-Defense Training?

The key elements in a student’s progress in Martial Arts are his or her attitude, goals for advancement and consistency of training.  Setting and achieving goals for advancement, such as stripe and belt promotions, and training on a regular weekly schedule is essential to success in Martial Arts

Q. I am a non-violent person who hates violence. Why should I train in Self-Defense?

That's a good question. The short answer is, tis better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war. In other words, you can't truly call yourself "peaceful" unless you are capable of great violence.​ If you are not capable of violence then you are not "peaceful", you're "harmless". That's an important distinction. Violence, when there is no alternative, is survival.

Q: Is there a risk of injury with martial arts? 

Any sport or form of exercise comes with a risk of injury. However, there are a few things that make our program very safe. It's because of these few things that we barely see any injuries with our program.

Stretching: At the beginning of every class, we go through a series of stretches. These stretches get your muscles and joints ready and warmed up for exercise.​

Supervision: Every class is supervised by trained, experienced professionals. We watch carefully to make sure no student is doing anything in a dangerous or unsafe way.

​In short, we place a tremendous amount of focus on fun and safety. It's because of this that we feel confident telling you that while there is a risk for injury with our program - it's a very small risk.

​While we want to avoid injury, as a student of Hapkido you will feel pain. The purpose of Hapkido is to inflict pain on those who would attack you.  To be able to accomplish this you must inflict some pain on your partner to know your technique works. Your partner must inflict some pain on you so he will know the technique works and so you know how it feels when you use the technique on others. Knowing what the pain feels like that you can inflict on others should make one attempt to diffuse a situation before it becomes violent.

When Are Hapkido Classes and what age person attends?

We have Hapkido classes 2 days per week.  On Tuesday and Thursday, our classes are from 7:30PM to 8:30 PM.  We have a variety of ages in the class from 13 years old to the late ’40s or early ’50s.


Are there belts in Hapkido +Self-Defense Training?

Yes, and the belt colors can vary from school to school. From lowest to highest, our belts are white, orange, yellow, green, purple, blue, brown, red, senior red, black with a white stripe and black belt. To be promoted to the next belt level a student must demonstrate proficiency in the concepts and techniques of their present belt level and previous levels.


How long does it take to earn a black belt in Hapkido?

Usually around three years of training at least two times per week, but the actual amount of time it takes can vary and is dependent on the skill and dedication of the individual student. Be mindful that, while a black belt is certainly a big milestone, it is not an end result!


Are there forms in Hapkido? 


What happens in a typical Hapkido + Self-Defense class?

Class typically begins with Ki (“energy”) development exercises and deep breathing, warmup and stretching, and meditation. Then students practice kicks and strikes before pairing off to study self-defense techniques. 

How does a student measure his/her progress in Hapkido + Self-Defense? 

We have a goal-oriented curriculum represented by our belt promotion system.  We have 10 belt levels before Black Belt.  Each belt level is divided into thirds.  Each time you complete a third of your belt curriculum you receive a stripe for your belt.  When you attain 3 stripes you are eligible for a belt promotion test.  During regular training you could earn a stripe each month and be eligible to test for the next belt level in 3 months.  At the beginning some belts have a shorter period of time and later some have a longer period of time.  Training on a regular weekly basis is essential for success in Hapkido.  With regular training you could expect to complete all belts in approximately 30 months and then prepare for your Black Belt test in the next 3 to 6 months.

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