Conqueror Hapkido, considered by many the best self defense has been serving the city of Bellevue and surrounding areas since 2005. Our Martial Arts students range from ages 5 to adult. Conqueror Hapkido Martial Arts, Self Defense is a family friendly program that aims to instill or enhance discipline, patience, perseverance and self confidence through fitness, self defense, Martial Arts and meditation exercises.
HAP = United or Coordinate.
KI = Mental and/or Physical energy
DO = Way of Life (or “way”)
Hapkido considered by many as one of the best self defense can be translated “The Way of Unified Energy” or “The Way or Coordinated Power”. Technically, any combination of the above translations would be acceptable.
It is a form of self-defense that employs joint locks, grappling and throwing techniques of other Martial Arts, as well as kicks, punches, and other striking attacks hence a true Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). There is also the use of traditional weapons, including knife, sword, rope, jool bong (nunchaku), cane, short stick (dan bong), and middle-length staff (joong bong, gun, bō [Japanese]) which vary in emphasis depending on the particular tradition examined.
Authentic Hapkido which has always been a true form of mixed martial arts contains both long and close-range fighting techniques, utilizing jumping kicks and percussive hand strikes at longer ranges and pressure point strikes, joint locks, or throws at closer fighting distances. Hapkido emphasizes circular motion, redirection of force, and control of the opponent. Practitioners seek to gain advantage through footwork and body positioning to incorporate the use of leverage, avoiding the use of strength against strength. Conqueror Hapkido separates itself from other forms of Hapkido by incorporating several of the principles of Brazilian Jujitsu (BJJ) to enhance its already firm foundation of ground fighting or grappling.
However, what ultimately separates Hapkido from almost all other arts is a complex and complete doctrine of self-defense theories and principles that relate to everything that we do. They are true and applicable in all situations which is why it is considered by many one of the most effective form of Martial Arts and Self Defense.
After the death of Choi, Yong Sool there has been many attempts to reconstruct the true history of Hapkido. Unfortunately, many of these “true histories” are used mainly as platforms for individuals to promote themselves and their own involvement in Hapkido’s history. Therefore, for the purposes of truth, only facts that are NOT disputed will be presented here. As the student continues their journey through the martial way, they will no doubt be exposed to a variety of theories and histories that they may integrate into their “map” of martial-arts history. Nonetheless, many of these “contested” facts should be taken as information only.
Choi Yong Sool was born in Taegu , Korea in 1904. When Korea came under the occupation of Japan during World War II, Choi was taken to Japan where he ended up as a servant for the 32nd patriarch of Daito-RyuAikijutsu, TakedoSokaku (1860 – 1943). (It is believed by some that Choi became Takeda’s adopted son. However, considering Japan’s view of themselves as a “divine race” and their view of Koreans as second-class citizens [at best] this is unlikely)
Choi remained in the service of Takeda “technically” until April 25, 1943 when Takeda Sokaku died. Soon after, Korea was liberated and Choi returned home to Tague , Korea . By his own account, Choi began to raise pigs upon his return to Korea and while waiting in a free grain line at the Suh Brewery Co. caught the eye of the chairman at the time Suh, Bok Sup. The date was February 21, 1948 , Suh was going to become his first student (himself already a Judo black-belt) and the spread of Hapkido was about to begin. The name Hapkido came about after an evolution of names. At first, Choi referred to his art as YaWa Ra (Korean for Daito-RyuAikijutsu) then it became Yu Sool, then Hapki and finally Hapkido in the late 1950’s. (see following paragraph)
According to an interview conducted in Korea with Suh, Bok Sup the kicking techniques were later added to Hapkido by Kim Moo Hun who was later named Sabum of the Daegue City Dojang,started by Choi and Suh themselves. According to Suh, who is still alive today, in 1958 Choi and Suh decided to add the Do to Hapki and thus the name of Hapkido was born and is still used today.
Choi, Yong Sool died in August of 1986. However, just prior to that, in 1981 Choi turned over the Hapkido system to Chang, Chin Ill of New York City.
The only discrepancy in this particular account is that many hold Ji, Han Jae as the first one to use the term “Hapkido” specifically. By his account, this happened in 1959 and he lent it to Choi, Yong Sool out of respect. Further, it is believed by many that he added many of the kicking and weapons techniques now part of traditional Hapkido training. Either way it is really irrelevant. The hallmark of Hapkido, the “hoshinsool” training was definitely brought by Choi. Many of the kicking and weapons techniques taught today are a representation of the particular instructor’s background and ability rather than a historically accurate traditional curriculum.
Please be aware that this is by no means an exhaustive history. The student is encouraged to study Korean history and Hapkido history at length in order to fill in specifics to this narrative.
Kamara, Ali has over 30 years of Martial Arts experience. He started teaching as an assistant instructor for Master Kim in Yongson, Korea while stationed there in US Army in 1995-1996. He holds a 5th Dan in Hapkido and is trained in several disciplines of the Martial Arts. He is a certified instructor of the World Hapkido Association headed by Grandmaster Tae Jung and Grandmaster Hwang In Shik. He is the head instructor of Conqueror Hapkido Academy.
Jerry Wolff has been practicing Martial Arts for over 40 years. He first began at the age of 9 and discovered that the mental and physical benefits could be beneficial for an entire lifetime.He Currently holds 2 first degree black belts: One in Taijutsu and one In Jungyae Moosul. He has however, attained the rank of brown or higher in: Tae Kwon Do, Shotokan Karate, Judo, Northern Style Kung FU, Tai boxing.Jerry is currently the assistant instructor (volunteer) to Ali Kamara, founder of Conqueror Hap Ki Do Academy in Bellevue, WA.
• 7th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido • 6th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do • Appointed as Instructor of Kum-Moo-Kwan Do Jang in Korea Hapkido Association • Appointed to teach Martial Arts to Fort Lewis Military Personnel • Registered Master in Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do in Washington State, USA • Author of several Hapkido books