TRADITIONAL KOREAN MARTIAL ART
The training incorporates meditation, breathing, stretching and conditioning exercises. Striking, throwing and joint manipulation techniques are practiced in a safe, friendly, non-competitive environment.
It is based on the original techniques taught by Choi Yong Sul
Training is open all over the age of 16.
Dojunim Choi Yong Sul
Choi Yong Sul was born in 1899, a student in Japan of the founder of Daito-ryu aikijujutsu, Takeda Sokaku. He travelled and trained with Takeda until the latter’s death in 1945, after which he returned to Korea with his family.
Choi Yong Sul began teaching martial arts in the 1950s and taught many of the leaders of the Hapkido organisations that have formed since 1960. He is a national historical figure in Korea and acknowledged as the founder of the Hapkido arts that have made Korea so well known in western martial art circles.
Dojunim Kim Yung Sang
Kim Yung Sang began training in Hapkido attaining the rank of 5th dan black belt. He began training with Choi Yong Sul in 1973 eventually attaining the rank of 9th Dan. In 1980, as a consequence of building their own dojang, Kim and his partner Lee, were certified as the Yong Sul Kwan Hapkido of Korea, that is to say, the official Kwan of Choi Yong Sul, accredited to teach and preserve his art.
Choi then taught them his art in its entirety and emphasized the importance of systematically training in the correct sequence of drills, and the necessity of daily training. He requested that they take photos and record the sequence of training at various levels, now codified in the curriculum for the black belt dan rankings. This is the only instance of Choi Yong Sul’s art being taught and recorded in its entirety.
After Choi’s death in 1986, Kim continued his daily training and teaching and in 2002 was given the title of Dojunim of Korean Hapkido. He added the named “hapkiyusul”, the Korean translation of the Japanese “aikijujutsu”, to distinguish Choi’s teaching from the other hapkido organisations that had emerged over time.
The English translation of hapkido is “The Way of Focussed Ki”. Hapkiyusul has a similar meaning and translates as the smooth flowing skill of focussed Ki.
The Head Quarters of the Yong Sul Kwan Hapkido Hapkiyusl Korea is situated in Guemsan. Kim Yung Sang Dojunim has pledged to follow and preserve the teachings and training principles of Choi Yong Sul Dojunim and will not authorize any modification of the original curriculum.
The training is rigorous and repetitious and gradually builds strength, health and confidence without requiring any particular athleticism, it is non-competitive and is thus suitable for all ages, particularly mature adults.
The underlying philosophy is one of harmony and sharing.
Peter began training in Hapkido in 1983 and began teaching classes at North Sydney Police Community Youth club in 1996.
In 2002 Peter traveled to South Korea to train with Kim Yun Sang Dojunim.He was joined on his first visit to the Yong Sul Kwan Hapkiyusul headquarters by Jarrod Taylor an Australian who had lived for several years in Korea.
Both Jarrod and Peter realized that the Yong Sul Kwan training system was something unique and unlike other martial art styles they had studied. Jarrod re-located to Guemsan where he continues to train daily with Dojunim KIm
Peter returned to Sydney and eventually set up the first Yong Sul Kwan Hapkiyusul School in Australia. He regularly returns to South Korea to train with Dojunim Kim and has helped organize several trip’s to Australia by Dojunim Kim and several senior Yong Sul Kwan members.
Per class $15
North Sydney PCYC
224 Falcon street North Sydney
For a free trial class on Thursday evening or Saturday morning please contact Peter.