Bettencourt's Taekwon-Do America is the Pacific Northwest Regional Training center for the International Hapkido Federation under the past guidance of the late Grandmaster Han. Hapkido is a powerful and innovative Korean martial art. It is literally the art of coordinated power, and its history dates back more than thirteen hundred years. Through centuries of refinement and in its pursuit of the way, Hapkido has come to incorporate some of the best physical aspects of many other self-defense art forms.
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Hapkido is the unique fusion of powerful and precise kicking techniques; fluid and highly effective throwing techniques; and decisive and sharp hand techniques. The philosophy of Hapkido stems from three basic principles: yielding to an opposing force, circular motion, and continual penetration.
To train in Hapkido is to adopt a way of life that extends far beyond the training mat. Hapkido is a complete workout which incorporates the mind, body and spirit. The many rewards include increased physical strength, flexibility, and stamina; stress reduction; as well as self-defense.
Those with the desire, perseverance, dedication, and focus to achieve a Black Belt in Hapkido will find success at Grand Master Bettencourt's Hapkido classes, if they are willing to make a commitment to regular training. The time needed for a beginner to reach 1st Dan Black Belt depends greatly upon the individual. On average, a beginner will be able to obtain the rank of 1st Dan Black Belt following 3-4 years of continual training (3 times per week).
Our classes focus on the essence of IHF Hapkido. Beginners learn to relax body and mind to become immersed in the moment. The concept of Ki is infused in every movement both offense and defense. Circular motion is emphasized to achieve a harmony not only with ones opponent but with ones own mind, body and spirit. Adults and children are separated into age appropriate classes. Both classes focus on discipline, respect, self-confidence, self-defense and the traditional culture of the "Art of Coordinated Power."
You do not have to be an athlete to study Hapkido, and age is of no importance. You must simply be willing to commit yourself to an experience that will transform your mind, body, and spirit. This unique and powerful martial art will lead you on a journey towards a better you and a more peaceful way of life. If you feel Hapkido is right for you, come to our Studio and speak with one of our staff members. The option is available to watch or even participate in a Free Introductory Class.
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