Hankido werd ontwikkeld door grootmeester Myung Jae-nam. Hij kwam in de jaren ’60 in contact met een Japanse Aikidomeester, Hirata sensei. Grootmeester Myung was toen reeds een bekende hapkidomeester. Beide leraren begonnen met het uitwisselen van technieken en ideeën. Langzaam veranderde de stijl van grootmeester Myung Jae-nam. In 1984 gaf hij zijn nieuwe stijl de naam Hankido.
Hankido ontwikkeling en principes
From this time on master Myung also started promoting Hankido around the world. He traveled to many countries to teach Hankido. When master Myung was traveling one of senior students, master Ko Baek-yong, was in control of the spread and development of Hankido in Korea.
Heaven and earth
Hankido is a unique martial art. More than Hapkido is emphasises the use of your opponent’s power. Just like in Hapkido hard is met with soft and soft with hard. In Hankido we call this the principle of cheon (天) and ji (地) or heaven and earth.
Circle, flow and harmony
Hankido techniques are based on three principles: circle, flow and harmony. Hankido techniques move like nature does. Movements aren’t square but circular. They flow like a river. The goal is to gain control over your opponent’s movement. You do this by breaking his balance. Once you have control over your opponent you and his energy move in harmony with each other.
Hankido has twelve basic self defence techniques. These techniques are each accompanied by two breathing techniques. One breathing technique for the defender called Cheongibeop (천기법) and one for the attacker called Jigibeop (지기법). Cheongibeop and jigibeop together are called Hwansangdobeop (환상도법) .
These breathing techniques enable to hankido practitioner to study hankido self defence without a partner.
The twelve basic techniques are taught against a large variety of attacks. The techniques focus on timing, right distance, position, speed, right use of power and of course the correct application of the principles.
Hankido is a very sophisticated martial art. This means that we require the student to study the techniques as well as martial arts theory.