The name clearly identifies it and sets it apart from other "traditional" styles of Hapkido. It is also referred to as the "Science of Self Defense". Combat Hapkido is an extremely realistic and versatile discipline of self protection that includes an extensive variety of strikes, kicks, joint locks, pressure points, grappling and disarming techniques. The result is a practical, comprehensive Self Defense system that is enjoyable to learn and that produces effective results in realistic situations.
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I wish to give my loving thanks to my parents Richard and Patricia Rowe. For all your understanding and love over the years. You raised me well in a slightly mad world. You clothed me, fed me, and comforted me during my formative years, for that I am eternally grateful. T hough I have not said it enough I love you both dearly. I would like to thank my brother David for helping me push myself to achieve all that I can and for being a wonderful if slightly reluctant uke in my early years of combative training.
I would like to thank all of my Instructors. You showed me that there are many paths that lead to the top of this mountain and though I am far from reaching the top I must say the view has been won- derful so far.
I know my work on this book took many hours of my time away from you, but I will always appreciate your love and support. I am proud to have called you family. In many endeavors there are people that come along and make it possible to finally finish a project, they are called angels. I want to thank my angel Marvin Dickerson. Without your help this book would never have been finished.
Finally, a special thanks goes to Grandmaster John Pellegrini for inviting me to be a part of this special family, and accepting me as his student and giving me the opportunity to shine.
Additionally when there are a series of photographs they are displayed in a manner as if you were reading; left to right and then top to bottom: A B C D B efore You B efore egin Begin Exercises and activities contained in this book are strenuous and may result in injury to the practitio- ner.
As with all exercise programs, consult a physician before beginning. Skills contained in this book are dangerous and in some cases deadly. T hey are intended to be used only where lawfully and morally permissible. T he reader assumes all responsibility for the use or misuse of information contained herein.
T his is the first book in a series dealing with the complexities of the art and science known as Combat Hapkido. It is general in nature and is not meant to be comprehensive.
Future books will feature in depth analysis of specific aspects of the Combat Hapkido system such as: trapping, grap- pling, self-defense tools, and many more aspects that are of interest to the student of self-defense.
In the years that followed he has studied many martial arts including his foundational arts of : Hapkido, Taekwondo, Judo, and Modern Arnis. He has practiced the martial arts for various reasons including self-defense, exercise, spiritual development and competition.
He earned All-American status in by winning the bronze medal at the National Collegiate Taekwondo Champion- ships. Master Rowe began his Combat Hapkido education in when he attended a seminar taught by Grandmaster John Pellegrini. He was intrigued by the philosophy to self-defense education and the manner in which it was presented. Since becoming the director he has been instrumental in the successful spread of the Combat Hapkido System.
Master Rowe continues to bring practical and effective self-defense instruction to the Mid- west. He teaches basic self-defense, rape awareness, conflict resolution and children safety through classes, seminars, and workshops. He also has been active in the training of area law enforcement officers in addition to training of members of the Military Police and Sentries of the Nebraska Reserve and Guard. He is an active instructor at United Martial Arts Academies in Omaha, Nebraska where he continues to study, practice, and research in the area of self-defense and martial arts.
Since I am the Founder of Combat Hapkido, it is logical that the author, Michael Rowe, would ask me to write a foreword for his book. T he instructional format will be comfortably familiar to those with previous experience and invaluable to those without it.
T he detailed, organized presentation of this body of scientific knowledge will certainly be welcome and useful to everyone, from the serious student to the mildly curious. It is scientific, realistic self-defense, pure and simple; nothing more, nothing less. Of course it created a controversy to put it mildly in the Martial Arts community. To some I was a daring pioneer, a courageous innovator, a dedicated crusader, a committed rebel.
To others I became a renegade, a disloyal, egotistical wanna-be, a fake, a greedy schemer. But, as you know: the proof is in the pud- ding. T he system is effective and scientifically sound, it is relatively easy to learn and it works for men and women of all sizes and of all ages. Hundreds of Instructors around the World opened their eyes and minds , saw the reality and flocked to Combat Hapkido and its governing organization, the ICHF.
Michael Rowe was not one of them. Michael had the unique privilege of having been one of my original Hapkido Black Belt students when I owned, operated and actively taught daily classes in my own schools in Florida.
Michael had left Nebraska and had come to work for me as an Instructor at one of my four loca- tions. He was an excellent Instructor, loyal student and dedicated Martial Artist. After a few years however, he decided he had enough of Florida and moved back to Nebraska. Now he is also the author of the first book on Combat Hapkido. Many Instructors in our Organization probably expected me to write and publish the first book on Combat Hapkido, after all I am the Founder of the system, but it was not to be.
Michael had the guts to step in! He has invested time and effort to accomplish this goal and has succeeded honorably and deservedly. As you hold this book in your hands, you should appreciate the fact that Combat Hapkido is the product of decades of study, research and applications. It is the fruit of many sacrifices, struggles and the overcoming of obstacles and adversities.
T his book is the labor of love of a man, a true Martial Artist who had the vision to believe, the loyalty to follow and the strength to act. I owe Michael Rowe a huge debt of gratitude for his contribution to my legacy in the Martial Arts. Hapkido is mainly the combination of two Martial Arts - Yul Sul which is derived from the Japanese art known as Daito-Ryu Aikijutsu and Tae Kyon, which was an ancient Korean kicking contest that was wide- spread during the T hree Kingdoms period on the Korean peninsula.
T he techniques were basically the combat methods of the Minamoto clan that had been refined and perfected by General Yoshimitsu. T he General is known to have studied cadavers to understand human anatomy. T hese techniques were passed down within the clan, eventually they were taught to Soemon Takeda. Tanomo Saigo was an extrodinary pupil who is known to have fought against imperial forces in the Boshin War.
His family was determined to preserve the honor of the family name. T herefore his mother, wife, 5 daughters, and other members of his family committed ritual suicide. However, Shiro abandoned the practice of both systems, moved to Nagasaki and devoted the rest of his life to the study of classical archery.
Sokaku by this time was already adept in the martial arts. At an early age he had obtained teaching licenses in Ono-ha Itto-Ryu swordsmanship and Hozion spear fighting. Sokaku had also studied with the swordsman-saint Kenkichi Sakakibara of the Jikishin-kage-ryu. Sokaku traveled widely, attracting a large number of followers and was reputed to have around thirty thousand students and nearly every budoka of note in their era had trained with him at one time or another.
One of these was his Korean manservant Choi Yong Sool. T he exact nature of this training is still debated to this day. What is known is that Choi was given the Japanese name Tatujutu Yoshida. Yoshida Choi became the manservant in the Takeda Household.
Because Daito Ryu records are very complete and they do not mention Choi or Tatujutu in anyway there has been great debate regarding his training. For these reasons we may never know the total extent of his training However, it is well known that his techniques were very practical and effective. Choi settled in Tae Gu City. After working as a bread salesman, Choi saved enough money to begin raising pigs.
In order to feed his pigs, Choi would get up early and go to the Suh Brewery Company to obtain free chaff and leftover grain. In he witnessed a confrontation from his office window where he watched in amazement as one man defended himself against several attackers, with very little effort. Suh had the man brought to his office so he could ask about the martial art he had just seen. T he man, of course, turned out to be Choi Yong-Sool. Upon asking what style he practiced Choi answered that it was Yawara a Japa- nese term meaning self-defense.
Suh asked for Choi to teach him, promising him free chaff, as well as paying him for lessons. When Choi agreed, Suh built a dojang on the top floor of the brewery where Choi started to teach what he had studied for so many years in Japan. During the next few years Choi developed a name for himself as an outstanding and well- respected martial arts instructor. Some modifications were made, but for the most part Choi taught the techniques he had learned from Takeda Sensei.
Choi did slowly begin to add other techniques, including Korean kicking, striking, and weapon techniques. In Suh suggested to Choi the name Yul Sul be changed to Yul Kwon Sul, to represent the fact that besides joint locks and throwing techniques, they were also practicing kicking and striking. After the end of the Korean War, , Choi opened his own private school in his home and began to teach a few other students.
Some of the students during this period had already founded, or subsequently went on to found, their own martial art styles. Later he is said to have developed the name Hapkido for this art. He had originally thought of calling it Hapki-Yul-Kwon- Sul, but decided that it was too long of a name. T he name Hapkido was chosen in and has been used ever since. Records in this regard are sketchy and no definite answers are to be found at this time.
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He stated "I have merely structured a new Self-Defense system based upon sound scientific principles and modern concepts. The style employs joint locks , pressure points , throws , hand strikes , and low-lying kicks , and trains practitioners to either counter or preemptively strike an imminent attack to defend one's self. In common with many Hapkido styles, it also emphasizes small circular motion, non-resisting movements, and control of an opponent through force redirection and varied movement and practitioners seek to gain advantage through footwork, distractive striking and body positioning to employ leverage. Combat Hapkido does not incorporate certain traditional Hapkido techniques which it deemed impractical for modern self-defense scenarios. Combat Hapkido's strategy differs from traditional Hapkido because it includes adopting features from styles like Jeet Kune Do , Jujutsu , Western Boxing , and Kuntao Silat  to enhance its core curriculum.