The Hapkidowon World Seminar 2013

The Hapkidowon World Seminar 2013 was held from 29th November to 1st December 2013 in Netherlands. Presented by 9th Dan Grandmaster Hong Sik Myung, the seminar was organised by Master Martin Zingel of Nederlandse Hapkido Bond.

I attended the seminar with Master Sng and we touched down at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol on the 27th of November 2013 at 7.05am (time in Amsterdam). Master Martin Zingel met us at the airport soon after, and we then waited for the arrival of Grandmaster Hong Sik Myung flying in from Los Angeles, California, arrival time 9.05am.

We stayed at Lots4you Bed and Breakfast for the entire duration of the seminar. A sightseeing tour was also kindly organised by Master Martin Zingel where we visited many places of interest in and around Amsterdam, the notable ones being the Dutch Railway Museum, the Tropenmuseum (Museum of the Tropics) Utrecht Dom church and the St Peter’s Church in Oirschot.

On the 28th November 2013, 7pm, a black belt class was held by Grandmaster Hong Sik Myung at the famous Anton Geesink Judo Dojo (Dutchman Anton Geesink, 1934 – 2010, won the Judo gold medal in the 1964 Olympics, the first non-Japanese to do so). Here, Grandmaster taught us some basic Hapkido strikes, correcting common mistakes made, and some Hapkido techniques. I was also a demonstration partner in some of Grandmaster’s techniques which gave me a valuable learning opportunity.

On the 29th November – 1st December 2013, the three-day seminar was held in 3 locations:
29th November – Fitness Oirschot at Industrieweg 9C
30th November – Dojang at Vlielandseweg 24A
1st December – Sporthal Parijsch at Eendenkooi 2

The three-day seminar covered these Hapkido techniques:
1. Basic strikes
2. Basic kicks
3. Special kicks
4. Sool Ki – same side wrist grab
5. Sool Ki – crossed-hand wrist grab
6. Sool Ki – Defence against a side kick
6. Dan Jeon Ho Heup Beop (Abdominal Breathing Method)
7. Sum Swe Ki (breathing)

Master Daniel Sng and I were also invited to grade during this seminar. The grading was done on the 20th of November at the Dojang at Vlielandseweg 24A. We were most honoured to be graded by Grandmaster Hong Sik Myung himself.

We are also pleased to share that Master Daniel Sng has been promoted to 5th Dan and I have been promoted to 2nd Dan. We would like to thank Grandmaster Hong Sik Myung, Master Roe, Master Martin Zingel, Master Pierre van Bentum and Mr. Tom Nijholt (my grading partner) who were present at the grading.

Dan certificates were handed out on 1st December 2013 during the seminar.

To send your congratulatory messages to Master Daniel Sng, please click here.

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Written by Mr. Lee Gao Ju, 2nd Degree Black Belt
© Sun Hapkido Academy Singapore 2013

Guest Visits: Fort Nelson Taekwon-Do & Hapkido Club visits Sun Hapkido Academy

Master Ron Glaves, head instructor of Fort Nelson Taekwon-Do/Hapkido made a visit to the Sun Hapkido Academy on July 31st, August 2nd and August 23rd 2013 for a friendship tour. He was also accompanied by a few of his students from Fort Nelson Taekwon-Do & Hapkido Club.

group photo

While all Hapkido schools teach similar techniques, the method each school teaches their students may be different. Through these exchange programmes, Hapkido schools stand to gain from each other. What benefitted the students of Sun Hapkido Academy the most is the way Master Ron Glaves showed the techniques of Hapkido in combination with other good techniques from other martial arts in self defence situations. This exposes the students to a vast variety of techniques and in self-defence, knowledge of what is taught out there is definitely beneficial.

The techniques covered during Mst Ron Glaves visit included locking techniques, kicking and punching combinations and some ground defence. The lessons were conducted in a highly realistic manner for situations one might most likely encounter on the streets.

In appreciation of Mst Ron Glaves’ visit and sharing of his knowledge, Mst Daniel Sng presented Mst Glaves with a plaque and to his students, a souvenir to remember their trip to Singapore by.

Sun Hapkido Academy hopes Mst Glaves and his students had a good trip here and we look forward to future exchanges.

Written by Mr. Lee Gao Ju, 1st Degree Black Belt
© Sun Hapkido Academy Singapore 2013