One of the world's most exciting, varied and practical martial arts, Hapkido consists of thousands of techniques encompassing all forms of martial skills: strikes, kicks, blocks, avoiding movements, joint locks, chokes, throws, tumbling, ground fighting weapons, meditation and healing. This introductory text portrays Hapkido in its entirety and includes all the basic material required by novices during their initial training. Sixty practical self-defence techniques for most types of attack are clearly illustrated through hundreds of photographs. Precise anatomical drawings of over 83 common oriental pressure points and comprehensive chapters on history and philosophy should be of interest to anyone seeking a concise overview of this fast-growing martial art.
Marc Tedeschi is an internationally respected artist, designer and educator, who has practiced martial arts for more than 25 years, training extensively in Hapkido, Taekwondo, Jujitsu and Karate. He holds a fifth degree black belt in Hapkido, and is the author of Hapkido: Traditions, Philosophy, Technique, and Essential Anatomy for Healing and Martial Arts.