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Hapkido Self-defense Volume 1

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Product Description

Hapkido’s reputation as a self-defense art is unrivaled. In this first of two Hapkido Self- Defense DVDs, Grandmaster Myung Yong Kim and Grandmaster Chang Soo Lee teach you the standing defenses of Hapkido Jin Jung Kwan including locking, takedown and throwing defenses against:

* single, double, cross and rear wrist grabs
* front and rear bear hugs
* punches
* kicks
* front and rear collar grabs
* belt grabs
* elbow grabs

Hapkido Self-defense Volume 1 will give you a solid foundation in hapkido’s stand-up defenses. This comprehensive instructional DVD was filmed on location in Korea. Learn directly from the headmaster, founder and international demonstration team members of this dynamic Korean art.

Includes both English and Korean language tracks.

About the Actor

Myung Yong Kim is the founder of Hapkido Jin Jung Kwan and Chang Soo Lee is the headmaster of Hapkido Jin Jung Kwan in Korea.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Chang Soo Lee, Myung Yong Kim
  • Directors: Sang H. Kim
  • Format: Color, Digital Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English, Korean
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turtle Press
  • DVD Release Date: August 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CCTFT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,443 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 2004
VCD? Home Video? What's that person's problem??
This =DVD= along with the rest of the series are so professionally done showing simply remarkable techniques (from the best instructors in the world) that even *I* was amazed, and I studied Hapkido for 12 YEARS while in the Military. In this DVD I saw techniques even I'd never seen before, and I am/was trained by some of the absolute best. These Grandmasters ARE the BEST of the BEST, PROVEN as such, and the whole thing is designed to make it so easy for anybody (well, any intelligent person...) to learn, that you would truly be doing yourself a dis-service by taking THAT "joker's" review to be worth anything.
Bottom Line about this =DVD=
It's design and filming are Top Rate.
The techniques are honestly amazing indeed.
They are ALL also easily achieved however you may be confronted.
The Grandmasters teach you STEP-By-STEP EXACTLY (at least 5 times each slow-motion and real time) so well that you will know them and EASILY be able defend yourself expertly by sheer instinct.
Simply the best.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 2004
Hapkido... "The Way of Internal Power and Strength" - Hapkido is designed as a Dynamic Martial Art of utilizing/reversing the *opponent's* strength. Therefore, a smaller person can easily defeat a much larger opponent by attacking vital points, disrupting neural channels and leveraging their joints. Taught by top GrandMasters, Grandmaster Lee and Grandmaster Kim and the famed International Hapkido Demonstration Team, this is mesmerizing to watch and just as much fun to learn.
Learning Hapkido here is made especially easy since there are are only 3 things to remember during a potentially life threatening confrontation.
3 Hapkido Principles:
Harmony
Circular Motion
Coordination
Make no mistake though... Hapkido is HARDCORE and this DVD gives you *100* (Very Generous) extraordinarily painful self defense techniques you can apply virtually effortlessly by using the easy principles of re-directing an assailant's energy turning what force they try to apply to you (you already have the skills naturally, Hapkido's designed so now you're organized to react with no movement without precise purpose) and instead they wind up getting a taste of their own medicine by using natural body mechanics first to twist the assailaint into a human pretzel, throwing or flipping them instantly flying through the air since now you can set up their balance exactly the way *you* want...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cal Whitman on July 13, 2005
I have a black belt in hapkido and have twice visited Korea to train and I have to say, the instructors on this DVD are top notch. I had to laugh when I saw that another reviewer said that someone might get hurt practicing the techniques taught here. Well, if we're talking about self-defense, then that would seem to be the point.

Practicing with a partner is another matter, and I'd recommend that you proceed with caution when it comes to many of the techniques found in this series, especially the strangulation defenses and many of the throws. These are not techniques to fool around with if you are not knowledgeable or working under a qualified instructor. Some of the defenses are more practical than others. Some would make great demonstration techniques but I doubt I would choose to use them on the street. However, this DVD does present a good portion of the hapkido self-defense curriculum systematically with expert demonstrations and good explanations so if you are a hapkido student, you can go wrong here. Highly recommended to anyone looking for authentic Korean hapkido.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Lee on June 29, 2006
This DVD provides a good overview understanding of the self-defense applications of Hapkido. This DVD is Good for the martial artist who already possesses some experience in the self-defense application of the martial arts; most particularly the Hapkido stylist at the early stages of training. If you are an advanced practitioner of Hapkido, however, then you are not going to learn too much from this DVD as it only presents the basic, elementary applications of Hapkido that you have no doubt learned in class.

The one comment I believe needs to be made about this DVD is that you are not going to watch it and immediately understand the subtle aspects of Hapkido's understanding of self-defense. The techniques presented on this DVD really need to practiced with a partner to be understood. The problem is, it is very easy to hurt your partner or yourself if you really do not know what you are doing and are not under the supervision of a qualified instructor. So, keep this in mind when you view this DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas O. Morrison on November 5, 2007
Volume 1 (about 1 hour)
Locks from wrist grabs (same side, cross, two hands, etc) - techniques 1-29
Throws - techniques 30-39
Standing Self Defense (collar grabs, belt grabs, wrist grabs) - techniques 40-48
Self Defense vs Hug (front and rear bear hugs, collar grabs, elbow grabs) - techniques 49-58
Defenses vs Punches - techniques 59-78
Defense vs Kicks (side and roundhouse) - techniques 79-100

Volume one packs a lot of material onto a one hour video. The English overdub is clear and concise and accentuates the excellent picture quality. There is a limited number of replays and not many close ups. In general, the video provides a very nice catalog of material but I wouldn't consider it an "instructional" video, i.e. this is a reference for people who know this material already for the most part.

The material in general is very good and is representative of Jin Jung Kwan's material and the Korea Hapkido Federation (KHF) material as far as I know. I have a few quibbles based on my own opinions (although judging by the number of stripes GM Myung Yong Kim is wearing on his belt, I think he's been around this art a long time!)

-In many of the techniques, he leans very far forward at the end of the technique, with his body and arms extended. I personally would prefer a more "straight up" finish and closer arms to keep my balance.

-Some of the finishes leave the opponent within easy grabbing distance of the defender's legs... hopefully the pain will keep them from taking advantage of that but I'd rather be "safe than sorry".

-I like the material shown and I think the attention paid to certain manipulations is very valuable. More close ups and descriptions of the manipulations would be useful.
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