Hapkido vs. BJJ
In this matchup, Nik Collier, a judo brown belt and BJJ blue belt, takes on a hapkido black belt who outweighs him by around 50 pounds. As you can see in the video below, Nik easily dismantles the much larger man, who, to his credit, accepts the defeat graciously.
What is a BJJ Blue Belt?
A blue belt in BJJ is the second adult BJJ rank at schools that don’t award yellow, orange, and green belts to adult students. At blue belt, BJJ practitioners learn a large number of new techniques and accumulate hundreds of hours of practice time to learn how to implement them efficiently. The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation requires BJJ practitioners to remain at blue belt for at least two years before progressing to purple belt.
What is Hapkido?
Hapkido is a Korean martial art characterized by throws, joint locks, and kicking techniques. Hapkido is is unique among Korean martial arts in that it emphasizes deflecting an opponent’s attacks rather than forcefully blocking them.
Hapkido was designed as a way to defend against and overcome an attacker. The art has roots in aikijujutsu, and it combines kicks and punches with joint locks, throws, and grappling. Due to its combination of strikes, throws, and submissions, hapkido is often credited as being one of the first mixed martial arts. However, unlike modern mixed martial arts training, hapkido places special emphasis on self-defense.
Hapkido is designed to allow a person to rapidly subdue an attacker and render him or her incapable of causing harm. It is for this reason that hapkido is popular among law enforcement and private security personnel throughout the world.
And although hapkido teaches students to subdue an opponent while inflicting minimal damage, it also provides practitioners with the skills necessary to inflict serious damage on an attacker in a life-or-death confrontation.
Hapkido Frequently Asked Questions
Are there belts in hapkido?
Yes, there are belts in hapkido. However, belt colors in hapkido can vary from school to school.
How long does it take to earn a black belt in Hapkido?
It usually takes around three years of training at least three times per week to earn a black belt in hapkido. However, the actual amount of time it takes can vary and is dependent on the dedication and skill of the student.
Are there forms in hapkido?
No, there are typically not forms in hapkido. However, this can vary from school to school.
What happens in a hapkido class?
Hapkido classes typically begins with qi (energy) development exercises and deep breathing, warmups, stretching, and meditation. Students then practice kicks and strikes before pairing off to study self-defense techniques. Most hapkido classes end with meditation and qi breathing.
What’s the difference between Hapkido and Aikido?
The founders of both hapkido and aikido studied aikijujutsu from the same teacher in Japan, so both martial arts have much in common. The major difference is that aikido is almost purely a defensive art, while hapkido teaches offensive techniques as well.