Like all martial arts, the martial art of Hapkido is ultimately a Way of Life that seeks to develop character, self confidence and discipline - in addition to the ability to defend one's self. Courtesy and respect are
integral aspects of this art, which is steeped in traditional Korean and Asian culture. The Martial Arts of Sam Houston club (M.A.S.H.) attempts to promote the same qualities, attitudes, and traditions through the teaching of this martial art.
Hapkido means "The Way of Coordinated Power" or "The Way of Coordination and Internal Power." It is based on continuous motion theory, i.e. the idea that every escape technique is followed immediately by a counterstrike, joint lock, or throw. Unlike many martial arts that are based almost exclusively on punches and kicks, Hapkido allows for different levels of force ranging from moderate levels that enable one to control an attacker without injuring or bruising him, to a level of force that causes serious injury or even death. The goal is always to use only as much force as is necessary to subdue an attacker. This is a requirement based on both ethical and legal considerations. It is the ability to control the amount of force used to stop an attacker that is one of the major advantages of Hapkido. Of course, Hapkido also utilizes a wide range of kicks and hand strikes (just like those used in Tae-Kwon-Do) which can be used when necessary. Students that study this art will enhance their level of physical fitness and self confidence, develop the ability to defend themselves, form friendships with other students, and have fun!