Tagged: hapkido

[Review] Re-Gifters, a graphic novel by Mike Carey

A friend of mine came across this graphic novel by chance, down in the bargain basement of a Swedish comic shop. They said they couldn’t believe it when, while browsing to kill time, they saw the word ‘Hapkido’ bounce up from a comic description. !...

Becoming Smoother: Second Dan Essay

I tested for my second degree black belt in Heukchookwan Hapkido on October 11, 2015 and presented this essay and illustration. The metaphor is not an original one, but I felt a personal, and maybe unique, connection to it because...

Different Words, Same Language

About 4 months ago my boyfriend and I took up learning swing dancing. We were learning from our friend Sarah, and recently we all attended a swing dancing clinic weekend in Omaha. We had a ton of fun, and what...

Everything is Water

The three principles of Hapkido are: Circular Motion Harmony (or Non-Resistance) Water Early in my Hapkido training, Dr. Mani Mina (4th Dan) told us that, really, to him, all three principles are simply different aspects of Water. He used this...

Practice With Generosity

I was once  invited to be a guest judge at a neighboring Hapkido school’s belt promotion. (Totally an honor. It helps me see Hapkido not as a style or set of moves, but as a set of common principles interpreted...

Big Falls Are My Jam

I love falling. Not the trip-on-the-cat falling or the biff-on-the-ice falling, but oh, you know, getting swept up and/or tossed into the air by my trusty Hapkido partner.  One moment I’m sure-footed, the next I’m tipping. Shortly thereafter my feet...

Martial Arts Nuns From The 1970s?

[content note: mention of child abuse and rape] The sisters of The Holy Family serve what is perhaps the most crime-ridden part of Philadelphia. Their orphanage is in constant danger of vandalism and burglary. In recent months several of the children...

Blue Belt Blues

We have a phrase in our dojang, passed down from belt generation to belt generation.  It’s called The Blue Belt Blues. Blue Belt Blues n. The feeling of being just good enough to know what you’re doing wrong but being unable...

Pushing Harder Isn’t Enough

When I was coming up in Hapkido, I struggled a great deal when working with opponents bigger and stronger than I was.  I had a lot to prove! I was getting messages from my instructor that women were a group...