6 days ago · 6:30 PM
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Ever wanted to learn how to be able to defend yourself in real life situations? Don’t have the time, desire or ability to commit to the demanding study of a traditional Martial Art? Now is your chance to learn how to protect yourself because Paul (holds a 2nd degree black belt in Hapkido with 10+ years experience) will be teaching a weekly self-defense class at Thompson Rec Center! This is a FREE event and the Sensei will be focusing on how to use Hapkidos’ dynamic techniques to best defend yourself in case of an attack, even against a much larger and stronger enemy. Hapkido has been called ‘the science of self-defense’ and it is well suited for men and women of all ages and sizes because physical strength and athletic abilities are not essential. The emphasis is on redirecting the assailants’ aggression and power back toward them with little effort and minimum force on your part.
Hapkido is an extremely realistic and versatile discipline of self-protection that includes an extensive variety of joint locks, kicks, strikes, take downs, pressure points, ground grappling, disarming techniques and the use of selected weapons. The result is a comprehensive self-defense system enjoyable to learn, safe to practice and most of all totally effective.
What you need to know: This will be an instructional event, not a sparring meetup. Also, please dress comfortably and show up on time. If through work schedule conflicts you can't make it at the scheduled start time, don't be afraid to come later. You'll never learn any of the material without being there.
Remember, this is a learning environment instead of a competition. Don't resist your partner in the beginning. They're new at this stuff too. Let them get the feel of things before you start resisting.
Everyone needs to go slowly to start. Some of the techniques hurt A LOT, so go slow so you don't injure each other.
Here is a short video on Hapkido: