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In these exclusive videos depicting hapkido techniques shot at Gokor Chivichyan's Hayastan Mixed Martial Arts Academy in suburban Los Angeles, Han Woong Kim discusses and demonstrates counterattack solutions using hapkido techniques against roundhouse kicks from multiple ranges.
HAPKIDO TECHNIQUES VIDEO Han Woong Kim Uses Hapkido Techniques to Counter Long-Range Roundhouse Kicks
HAPKIDO TECHNIQUES VIDEO Han Woong Kim Uses Hapkido Techniques to Counter Medium-Range Roundhouse Kicks
HAPKIDO TECHNIQUES VIDEO Han Woong Kim Uses Hapkido Techniques to Counter Close-Range Roundhouse Kicks
HAPKIDO TECHNIQUES VIDEO Han Woong Kim Uses Hapkido Techniques to Counter Very-Close-Range Roundhouse KicksAnalyzing Hapkido Techniques vs. Long-Range Roundhouse Kicks Your opponent launches his kick from long-range distance. Chances are it will target your upper body or head. You move or lean backward to avoid the impact, then watch the foot sail past you. “Just let his energy go right by,” hapkido techniques master Han Woong Kim says. “You can help it along by using your lead hand to push his leg a little. The strategy is to take his energy and use it to off-balance him.” Having missed his target, the attacker will eventually put his foot back on the ground, probably after it’s swung past your body. That means his back will be turned slightly toward you. “Now you move forward to close the gap and sweep his right leg with your right leg,” Han Woong Kim says. “At the same time, use your right arm to push against his right shoulder to ‘help’ him down.” Of course the fall might incapacitate the assailant, but you shouldn’t count on that. Therefore, Han Woong Kim recommends following the attacker down so you can control him using hapkido techniques. The natural follow-up is to maneuver his arm, which you’ve probably been holding since the sweep, into an armbar using your knee as the fulcrum. “If he just lies there, you can break the arm,” Han Woong Kim says. “If he raises his upper body to escape when you apply pressure on his elbow, that’s when you can ‘help’ him up by lifting his shoulder and then turn him around and put him on the ground facedown. Drop your right knee on his shoulder while using your arms to lift the trapped arm to control him or break it." Learn more about these techniques in the April/May 2014 issue of Black Belt magazine!
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About the Author: Robert W. Young is the editor-in-chief of Black Belt magazine.