Founded by Master LEE Eun Jong, 9th dan Hapkido, President of the World HapkiMudo Federation and former Hapkido Technical Director of the FFTDA (official national French Federation), HapkiMudo is a school of traditional Hapkido wherein the concept of mudo is essential, that is to say a school emphasizing the martial efficacy of the practice (mu meaning warlike) whilst giving due importance to the spirit (the do). It is now Master LEE Kang Jong, 8th dan Hapkido, student and first assistant of Master LEE Eun Jong who has assumed the leading role in developing and promoting our school in Europe as technical director.
Hap: harmony between body and spirit, balanced life => maintaining good health
Ki: internal and external (muscular) energy => fit and fortified body
Mu: combat, martial art => efficacy, technique
Do: way, philosophy, reflection => open mind
Therefore HapkiMudo essentially means the “martial way of unified energy”
HapkiMudo preserves the roots of traditional Hapkido whilst emphasizing technical efficiency and rigour. HapkiMudo’s philosophy rests to a great extent on its method of teaching: it maintains the Korean tradition, with particularly the relationship of Master-student, the bow, the terminology, the concepts of ki, but it also assumes a universal outlook through a teaching practice based on western forms as well as social developments (for example more and more people now practice various combat sports and this does have an influence on the teaching practice adopted in a HapkiMudo class).
In a nutshell, HapkiMudo promotes an open mind. Whilst basing itself on a rich heritage of Korean martial art tradition, HapkiMudo does not allow itself to be frozen or strictly limited. HapkiMudo does not pretend to be a miraculous method of self-defence which is better than any other method. HapkiMudo is simply a Hapkido approach which emphasizes combat in all its forms, technical richness, pragmatism and the building of a practitioner who is strong in mind and body but also modest and clear-minded on his own practice and abilities.
Finally, HapkiMudo is a style which does not belong exclusively to Koreans but must be considered as a universal heritage sharing its values with a greater number of practitioners who are sufficiently motivated to accept training which can be tough and difficult. Indeed, this is the case with all true martial art practices. A true martial art system requires time, patience, repeated effort and a strong determination to succeed. This is the DO principle, the way.