Hap Ki Do classes to focus on self-defense

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As his opponent grabs him from behind, a member of Martial Arts of Sam Houston quickly grabs his assailant’s forearm and counters with a hard throw to the ground. This student is participating in the martial art form of Hap Ki Do, a Korean style practiced on campus by M.A.S.H.

“Hap Ki Do means the way of coordinating power, which is learning to take control of the situation,” said Christine Harmon, president of M.A.S.H. “Our motto is ‘Sound mind, sound body’. It’s not a competitive martial art, it’s more about struggling with yourself.”

Hap Ki Do classes begin on Jan. 18th and are held Tuesdays and Thursdays in the aerobics room of the HKC.

M.A.S.H. is a branch academy of Yu’s Academy of St. Joseph, MO. The Hap Ki Do classes are instructed by Dr. Ben Gillespie, a Third Dan Black Belt and Chair of the Department of Geography and Geology.

“Right now M.A.S.H. is primarily teaching Hap Ki Do because we have an instructor for it,” said Harmon.

Hap Ki Do is focused upon self-defense techniques that are based on the idea that every escape technique, called soolgis, from a grab involves the use of a joint lock, a counter-strike or a throw. Hap Ki Do classes also involve kicking, punching, rolls and light-contact sparring.

“Right now we’re just having practices,” said Harmon, “Tests are given every two months to help raise belt ranks. We’ve received more funding this year so we’re working on buying more equipment to go to competition.”

For additional information call Christine Harmon at 281-620-3290 or email her at stdcah43@shsu.edu.

“It’s open to anyone who wants to join,” said Harmon.