Korean Martial Arts:
Taekwondo, hapkido, and kumdo are some of Korea's most popular cultural exports. With active practitioners worldwide, students and parents will often find martial art studios that advertise training in one or more of these disciplines.
Here, we will take a closer look at hapkido as a possible cross-training option for the taekwondo athlete. It is recommended to build a strong foundation in one art (ie. first or second degree black, or three to five years of consistent study) before cross-training in another. This ensures that the athlete's taekwondo training is not diluted.
Many hapkido techniques will seem circular and dynamic to the taekwondo athlete. Hapkido training tends to combine spinning and bi-directional kicks in sequence. Below are some examples of training sequences that may already be familiar to the taekwondo athlete.
Front kick -- side kick
Front kick -- back kick
Front kick -- roundhouse kick
Hook kick -- roundhouse kick
Low side kick -- high side kick
High spinning heel kick -- low spinning heel kick
For a more extensive list (or to learn more about hapkido), please see this book by Marc Tedeschi.
If you would rather watch something, there is also a beginner's DVD available. This particular resource has been highly praised for its thoroughness, with close-up views and slow-motion replays.