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The History of PHKD

a fight. PHKD doesn’t believe that yells should be a part of today’s realistic street self-defense. It encourages multiple strikes and low kicks, rather than Klaus Schuhmacher of Germany has been teachrelying only on joint locks and throws. It provides a ing martial arts since 1977. After many years as a range of techniques that recognizes the gender, size member of the international martial arts commuand strength of the student. With no high kicks, no nity, he became dissatisfied. He began to wonder acrobatic maneuvers, no unpractical stances, and no about some of the limitations he’d discovered with forms to learn, PHKD is a realistic training system. conventional forms. So he started to practice HapIt requires no athletic ability and is oriented to adult kido. students. When developing his system, Progressive HapkiPHKD also is a philosophy. It is a smart, streetdo (PHKD), in 1997, Doju Schuhmacher primarwise martial art that teaches tactics using the ily sought to address the major principles of balissues he felt were hindering ance, speed, and leverage the development of martial to overcome an opponent’s arts. He found he could superior force. Through get as much power without PHKD, students also learn hyper-extending his blows the history and techniques by following through with of traditional Hapkido. shorter, more natural, soft The art created by Doju strikes. This innovative way Schuchmacher seeks to of attack not only was more balance traditional techpowerful, but quicker. Soon, niques with new innovative he began to incorporate training methods. It is a the same concept into all realistic and logical develhis maneuvers, drills and opment of Hapkido and is techniques. based on the very effective original three Hapkido What is PHKD? principles (non-resistance, circular motion, and the PHKD is a complete water principle) created martial art that includes by Choi Yong Sool, conkicks, strikes, punches, joint sidered by some to be the Shoulder manipulation technique against an locks, chokes, takedowns, founder of Hapkido. attack from behind. throws, ground fighting, and skills to defeat attackers who may be younger, larger, Character growth and stronger. It’s a realistic and effective approach for self-defense. It incorporates the latest advancePHKD is a holistic discipline where the spiritual ments in physiological and scientific research, and and moral developments of the students are very was made for real-life situations. important. The qualities spelled out in the tenets PHKD retains many traditional Hapkido are vital in their significance: Self-Confidence, Rebreathing exercises, which are vital to focusing and spect, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, Humilconserving energy, while at the same time eliminatity, Discipline and Courage. ing high-risk techniques that might get you hurt in taekwondotimes.com / July 2009

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