Practical Self-Defense  Concepts  For Mature Teens and Adults

Easy to Learn, Simple to Execute, Practical Self-Defense that Really Works!

What is Hapkido Hosinsul?
Hapkido (way of coordinated power) Hosinsul (applied self-defense) is the Practical Self-Defense system employing all the best elements of Street Self-Defense, TaeKwonDo, Judo, Jujitsu, Kickboxing and MMA making it arguably one of the best all-around martial art in the world today. Everything that is taught in our Hapkido program has a direct use in self-defense situations.

What does Hapkido teach?
Hapkido is a very complete and comprehensive martial art and here is why. 

The 3 universal theories of Hapkido are:

  • The Water Principle, which teaches the student to penetrate the defenses of the attacker by "flowing" in, around, and under.

  • The Circular Motion Principle, which teaches the student how to gain and impart momentum by moving in a circular manner. By redirecting the attack in a circular direction the student controls the balance and kinetic energy of the attacker.

  • The Nonresistance (or Harmony) Principle, which teaches the student to remain relaxed (not tense) and not to meet force with force


These three theories are explained and demonstrated at length during training. The student must truly understand these theories, as they are the foundations on which not only the structure and essence of Hapkido rest but also all it's other concepts and technical attributes. 

Joint Locks and Holds
Joint locks and holds are used primarily for the control of an aggressor. They are often defensive in nature, however, at more advanced levels are very effective offensively. These skills are great for law enforcement and security personnel as well as everyday people.

Throws, Redirection, and Blocks
Throws and re-direction of Hapkido use an aggressor's momentum to continue the flow of energy and turn it against them. These techniques have some commonality with Judo and Aikido but use specialized Hapkido principles. The blocks used in Hapkido are mainly re-directions to off-balance an attacker and gain the advantage, some blocks are attacks to nerve points on the body used to weaken the opponent's limbs.

Kicks and Punches
Hapkido uses a wide variety of powerful striking and kicking methods designed to stop an attacker quickly. Hapkido has many powerful kicks that are very useful in "street style" defensive situations as well as some dynamic kicks that the Korean arts are known for.

Vital Points, Pressure Points, and Energy
The human body has many vital points and pressure points that are used in Hapkido to help control or disable an attacker. Interrupting the body’s energy flow will sap strength from an attacker and create an advantage for the defender.

Hapkido weapon training consist of the use of a short stick (dan bong), bo staff, the sword, cane, handkerchief, long-belt/scarf, throwing weapons like, (knives, rocks, etc...) and adapting everyday objects to use as weapons are just some of the skills we offer in Hapkido.


Hapkido classes do include heavy physical contact. If you will need any special accommodations, please talk to me immediately. If you are uncomfortable at any time, please do not hesitate to discuss this with me or with one of the Black Belt Instructors.

Prior to participating in this class, each student must review and complete the “Assumption of Risk and Liability Waiver” form. Each student must complete a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PARQ) to ensure he or she is capable to participate in the physical activity in a safe and healthy manner.

This class involves heavy physical contact, strict adherence to these safety rules is necessary.

  • No rings, watches, earrings, or other hard objects allowed.

  • No shoes except martial arts shoes are allowed on the mat. If you are going to use socks, please don't wear socks for everyday use.).

  • Hygiene is important so launder your uniform and your body frequently.

Clemmons Family Martial Arts offers teens and adults a comprehensive fitness program. Classes are specifically designed to increase cardiovascular capacity, muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility. They can provide an opportunity for weight loss and stress relief. In addition, training in Martial Arts produces benefits beyond those of a traditional exercise program. Martial Arts training is exercise with a purpose. While you improve your physical fitness, you will also be developing important self-defense skills. You will learn to confront and combat your fears. The confidence you gain from learning self-defense, improving your fitness, and feeling better about yourself will help you cope with daily situations at home and work.

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Hapkido classes focus on both physical conditioning and learning new techniques. As class begins an instructor will lead a warmup that involves stretching, core conditioning, and technique drills. Typically after the warm-up students break off into pairs to work on techniques for their next belt test, but the instructor may choose to spend extra class time on specific kicks, techniques, rolls/falling, and conditioning.

No Contracts Required - All Classes Are On A Month To Month Basis
Benefits of Hapkido
Q. What's the difference between being in a fight and being in a self-defense situation?
While it may not appear to be a difference between a fight and a self-defense situation there is a really big difference.  A fight has two or more combatants who are willing participants in the fight. They WANT to be there. However, in a self-defense encounter there may be two or more combatants, however, at least one of the combatants, the victim – the target of the assault –DOES NOT want to be there.
Q: How will I benefit from training in Hapkido?

After Your First Class, you will learn how to focus with your eyes, your body and your mind to achieve your goals.

After your first week, you will learn defensive blocks. how to be aware, and how to de-escalate potentially dangerous situations.

After your first month, you will notice an increase in your body's strength, balance, and fitness. Others will notice new confidence and sense of respect.

After your first year, the Black Belt Life Skills become a way of life: patience, motivation, maturity, perseverance and self-control. 

After Black Belt, others would never recognize the once unsure and timid beginner student from years ago. This rank separated the doers of this world from the takers, the leaders from the followers. Life will never be the same.

But it all begins with a single step, a single step wants to be something greater. To want more for yourself or an easier path for your child. To build the confidence to be your absolute best, come see what Martial Arts can do for you.

Q: Is there a risk for 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.

Q: Why is Hapkido So Useful for Self-Defense?
It is the variety of the techniques involved which makes Hapkido so effective. As you progress through the belts, you will learn skills in punching, kicking, joint locking, throwing, ground-fighting and use of weapons, giving you a comprehensive knowledge base of self-defense. As you become more skilled in the art, you will notice your confidence heightening, which will further boost your competence.

Since Hapkido is a form that focuses on the redirection of an attacker's energy and strength, it is not very difficult for a smaller practitioner to effectively control a larger opponent. It takes a good deal of physical and mental control, as well as understanding the physics of the forces at work: redirection, leverage, etc.


Q: 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 7:15 PM to 8:15 PM.  We have a variety of ages in the class from 13 years old to the late ’40s or early ’50s.


Q: Are there belts in Hapkido?

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.


Q: 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!


Q: Are there forms in Hapkido? 



Q: What happens in a given Hapkido 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. 

Q: “I've heard martial arts is violent. Is this true?”

The guiding principles of Hapkido help you diffuse situations before violence becomes a part of them. However, if a hostile situation does ever come about, you'll have the tools you need to keep you and your loved ones safe. We teach students how to defend themselves against people who physically attack them like.muggers, rapists, bullies, etc. We are 100% for peaceful resolution of conflict but that is not always possible. It may appear strange that we teach fighting but talk about a peaceful resolution of conflict. However, it is better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war. Learn to fight because muggers, rapists, and bullies usually don't bother to.

Q: Should I be wary of Schools that off FREE classes + Free uniform?

Be wary of a one or two class free-trials with a free uniform especially when the school won’t give you prices in advance over the phone, by email or on their website. Why? 1, 2, or even 3 FREE classes are just enough to whet a person’s appetite for more but is not long enough to see how the student will like it week in and week out. How can a person make an informed decision to sign a 1 year, 2 years or 3 year contract based on just one to three classes? These contracts cannot be canceled just because you don’t want to train any long, or the school moves to a less convenient location or the school changes instructors and you don’t like the new one. You will be stuck with that contract for the contract period whether your or your child trains or not. You end up paying for the “magic of the moment” of those free trials. Only register for classes where you pay as you go. That way you can stop training without having to pay for months you won’t use.


Don’t give your credit card information or bank information at the time of a FREE trial. If you decide to register for classes after the FREE trial then give the school the information. If you pay for a trial period then pay with cash, your credit card or check only when it’s in writing that the school will not charge your credit card or draft your bank account after the paid trial if you do not register for regular classes.




Q: How does a student measure his/her progress in Hapkido? 

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.  In 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.

Easy to Learn, Simple to Execute, Practical Self-Defense that Really Works!

Clemmons Family Martial Arts 6311 Stadium Drive, Suite C Clemmons, NC 27012 | Phone: (336) 778-1260