What is Hapkikwan



Boris Krivokapic, jumping turning back kick.
King's Palace Ch'angdokkung, Seoul, South Korea, 1994.

Hapkikwan (from Korean: hap – harmony, ki – inner power, energy, kwan - school) is modern, comprehensive martial art, founded in 1994. by Prof. Boris Krivokapic, Ph.D.  who at that time had full 20 years of practicing various martial arts. Professor Krivokapic is one of leading experts in the the field of Public International Law and is grandmaster and grandmaster or master in several martial arts (he started practicing martial arts in 1974).

Boris Krivokapic, 2018
Hapkikwan is a style of Korean Hapkido,. More specific, it's basis are mainly Moo Lim Won Hapkido which prof. Krivokapic practiced in 1994. in Seoul (Korea) as personal student of Grandmaster Choi Sang Heum (Moo Lim Won Hapkido Founder and President) and Hoshinkido Hapkido in which he holds 9th Dan under Grandmaster Serge Baubil, 10th Dan, Hoshinkido Hapkido Founder and President of the International Hoshinkido Hapkido Federation. Both schools (Moo Lim Won & Hoshinkido) are based upon the  Bum Moo Hapkido, developed in 1968. by Grandmaster Kim Yun Sik (10th Dan).
During the years Hapkikwan has been developed and significantly changed. Many compatible elements from other martial arts were built in it, as well as techniques and approaches from the tradition of Slavic peoples. Also, Hapkikwan is enriched by many new concepts, methods, tactics, techniques and drills which based on his big experience, invented Prof. Krivokapic himself.
Hapkikwan is shaped in such a manner to produce complete fihgter, and in a wider sence, complete person.
The basic idea has always been that the art must be maximally effective and versatile, it must provide answers to all situations and at the same time cover all types of techniques, but without favoring any of them - defence against all attacks (punches, grabs and weapon attacks, etc.) punches, kicks, throws, arm and leg  locks, chokes, fight against multiple attackers, use of some 20 weapons, special breathing exercises, acupressure points, basics of chiropractic and so on.


Boris Krivokapić, Tanzania 1995.

Choke (with arms) and
joint lock on elbow (with legs)

Although there are several types of free sparring in Hapkikwan, it is not sport, but martial art. The purpose of training is not to prepare practitioners for sport competition. The idea is not to collect medals, but to master the comprehensive and highly effective self-defense skills.



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Girls are very succesfull in Hapkikwan



Who can practice Hapkikwan?


Hapkikwan is suitable for all ages and both genders. The lowest age limit is about 7 years, and the top does not exist.
Since it is not the physical power that is the most important in Hapkikwan, but the technique, speed, composure etc. it is not surprising that female students are very successful. 
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Although competitions are not primarly goal, practitioners of Hapkikwan occasionally participate in various sport competitions, under different rules – in self-defense, free sparring, breaking boards and the like. This is done on a voluntary basis (only one who wants to) and is seen as a kind of so called situational training i.e. something that serves for a general practitioner's progress.



The martial art, but also anti-stress program, fitness and friendship


Hapkikwan is a martial art. The basic purpose of studing and practicing it is getting the ability to defend, if necessary, ourselves or another persons from illegal attack.
However, regular exercise in many ways contributes to spiritual development, strengthening character, personal development... Among other matters, the training is a great fitness and anti-stress program. It is also an excellent form of socializing, making new friends.



The training is very serious and concentrated, but also foster a spirit of friendship among athletes, who help each other on a common path of progress. The club is seen as a kind of extended family, where it exercise seriously and diligently, but where it also hangs. 




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