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Wael commented on Carlton Lundy's blog post Master Lundy's Hapkido "A Soldiers Journey"
"Cool. Congratulations on your book. Maybe you could post a link here to the Amazon page."
Jan 15
Wael replied to Jasper's discussion Fred Adams has passed away!
"Who was he? Pardon my ignorance, I'm not familiar with him."
Jan 15
Wael replied to Deke Rivers's discussion should Hapkido be considered a mixed artial art or an art unto its own?
"Was it in Black Belt magazine or something like that?"
Jan 15
Wael replied to Deke Rivers's discussion should Hapkido be considered a mixed artial art or an art unto its own?
"Yes, it's an eclectic art by nature. There are some (like Daniel on this website) who mourn the way Hapkido has lost its character by becoming diluted with other arts. But from the very beginning Hapkido was a mashup of Japanese Jujitsu and…"
Nov 14, 2017
Deke Rivers replied to Wael's discussion New Members, Introduce Yourselves
"I will do that....with bad knees from my kick boxing days my high kick days are over,,,,,so I have to adapt ...hapkido  reminds me a lot like kung fu in tat it is tauight so many different ways. Wewill see how it goes.   "
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Wael replied to Wael's discussion New Members, Introduce Yourselves
"Hi Deke. Sounds like that tactical Hapkido might be a good match for you. Let me know how it goes."
Nov 5, 2017
Deke Rivers replied to Wael's discussion New Members, Introduce Yourselves
"Hello , My name is Deke rivers ...just getting back into martial arts afetr 15yr off  but I studdied for 15 yrs  before layoff. Trained in a korean blend then swithced to shaolin king fiu under the famed TSAI family  system... then…"
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discussion, learn, make friends, share videos
Primary martial arts style:
Hapkido as taught by Marc Tedeschi
How many years practiced?
Since 2003
Other arts you've trained in:
Shotokan Karate, 5 years. Silat, since 2004. Hakko-Ryu Jujitsu and Shorin-Ryu Kenpo, since 2009.
What do you love about your art?
Hapkido is intelligent, scientific, and comprehensive. It can be soft and flowing, allowing you to control someone without injuring him, or it can be brutal, totally devastating the enemy. It covers every fighting range: kicking range, close range, ground fighting. It continues to evolve and is not bound to fixed responses.
Where do you study or practice?
I used to study in San Leandro, California, with Erik Medeiros, a student of Marc Tedeschi. Also at the Korean Martial Arts Center in San Francisco, run by Grandmaster Jung. After I moved to Panama I studied with Ramon Navarro, but then I moved to a very remote location with no school nearby, and I made do with training some of the locals. Now I'm back in Central California and again no Hapkido school, so I teach Hapkido informally and I study Jujitsu and Okinawan Kenpo.

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Surviving a multiple attacker assault while on the ground

Here's an article I just posted about this on my blog:


It seems to me the basic skills you need in this scenario are:

  • How to cover your head and protect yourself.
  • How to take someone down my manipulating their leg & knee.
  • Find the weak point in the circle around you and break out.

Posted on December 31, 2016 at 11:11am

No Style!

I was feeling down as I often do on Saturday evenings, with no classes and Salma away at her mom's house. Finally roused myself to go to the gym, where I lifted weights then hit the heavy bag with a vengeance. A very fit young man approached me and said, "What style is that?" I said, "No style!", gave him my card, and went back to work on the bag. Feeling much better now. It's amazing what a difference exercise can make.

I mostly don't think in terms of styles anymore. I think in…


Posted on September 26, 2016 at 5:36pm

Never Surrender in Sparring

Something I wrote for my students:

One of the most important things you can do in martial arts class is to finish your sparring session strong. Most sparring sessions are timed. A one or two minute session is common. If you get hit in the face or take a punch to the gut and you're hurt or winded, keep fighting. If you're tired, out of breath, or feeling overwhelmed, keep fighting!

If you are stick sparring and just took a hard hit to the arm and can't feel your…


Posted on April 17, 2016 at 10:25am

The five most common seminar pitfalls and how to avoid them

This is an article I just wrote on the most common problems encountered at martial arts seminars - especially injury - and how to avoid them.


Posted on December 17, 2014 at 10:13pm

The Hapki way - power and humility

To live the "Hapki" way is - among other things - to conceal your power, and to have a sense of humility born of self-assurance.

Someone insults you - walk away. They insult your family - walk away. They block your way in the road - walk around them.

Why? Because your…


Posted on June 4, 2014 at 10:02pm — 2 Comments

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At 7:18am on February 2, 2017, Benja (Ben) Rodriguez said…

Hi there Wael, thanks for the welcome! Ah yes, during my childhood years growing up and well into my early 20's I studied a few different arts, predominantly Karate styles. Last of which, prior to the recent commencement of my Hapkido training, was my father's form/style of Kung Fu about 10 years ago. Unfortunately, I have not trained in any martial art in approx. 10-12 years up until starting with Hapkido here in Canberra, Australia 5 months ago. 

But yes, I would have to say Kung Fu is my core art these days - now of which will be combined with Hapkido. I currently train in Hapkido 2-3 days a week and am about to re-commence training with my father 2-3 days a week as well. 

Apologies for the long-winded reply. Lol. 

At 10:34pm on June 5, 2015, ahumbleservant4truth said…
Greetings My Hapkido Friend! Thanks for wishing me a happy birthday. It is great that you have a correctional officer in your class. Make sure the CO understands how pure and useful Hapkido is from a reality based concept. Make sure to warn the officer that he might at times become frustrated when he desires to share the beauty of Hapkido with fellow officers. Many will simply neglect taking care of themselves until a 10-10 takes place or even worse an assault on an officer happens.
At 12:40pm on October 5, 2014, roberto martinez said…

hola wael  

me perdi un rato jajjaja  ya aqui  los encontre de nuevo  aqui seguimos entrenando

al cien jejej saludos    ,a toda la familia de hapkido  saludos desde monterrey n.l

amigo,aca tienen su casa cuando gusten  conocer mexico ..por aca los esperamos ok a darle .......

At 3:27am on December 29, 2013, Lee, Young-Min said…
Thanks Wale, I'm here for gathering information about the USA style Hapkido and share about the Korean hapkido history as much as i know.
At 1:28am on November 15, 2012, mohammad ziaeepour said…

hi tanx for pm my ferend

At 1:31pm on November 2, 2012, joseph yavala waqanivere said…

hello my dear brothers  n sisters,my name is joseph waqanivere,m 23 years of age .n m frm the beautiful island of fiji..

At 5:31pm on September 16, 2012, Geoff Booth said…

Thanks, I am looking forward to being part of the community here.


At 9:29pm on July 25, 2012, Daniel McCullar said…
Hey Wael. My page is funky. I got a Wierd view and it won't let me go to a desktop version/view.
At 8:57am on July 24, 2012, Jack Fennessy said…

Thank you for your kind welcome. Yes. It is exciting and a lot of diligent work.

At 11:22am on July 20, 2012, Daniel McCullar said…
I don't know how I like this new view. Since i am on my phone it is very drastic.



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