One of the difficulties I have had in teaching Hapkido to military people is that either they or I have to transfer every three to four years. It is fair to say that I have students all over the world at this point. I myself would have to spend hours upon hours in a car just to get to my own Hapkido teacher.
A students commitment to learn is mirrored by the teachers commitment to teach. I have felt the burden of not being able to continue teaching my students. With that in mind I began tooling around with the idea of an interactive Hapkido website, so that I can effectively continue teaching my people anywhere in the world. I had the idea some three years ago and even made an early site that didn't really work too well.
I decided recently to give it another try. I'll be the first to admit that I am not a great web designer. I decided to use a provider and work from a standard template this time and the results have been WAY better. I've only been building the site for about a week but it is already a great resource!
I've known so many who desire martial arts training but never pursue it. Many never learn martial arts because it's either too expensive or sometimes not even available in their area.
When I began learning martial arts (20 years ago) it was reasonably affordable (my first classes cost $14 a month). That has changed considerably over the years. Nowadays Hapkido instruction (if you can even find it) runs between $80 and $250 a month. Even learning from a DVD series runs in the $500 range, sometimes more.
Some try to learn from free videos on YouTube and such but this is a very inefficient way to learn and often ignores the fundamentals that a beginning student must learn. If you have learned this way, good on you, but I bet if you could you would rather have formal instruction.
So with all this in my mind and in my heart I give you Hapkido Online:
Please understand that this is a work in progress, I've only been at it for about a week now. But already it has all the elements that I feel are needed to 'distance learn' a martial art:
- Step by step instructive videos with written tutorials
- A forum for questions
- A video conferencing feature for interaction with teacher and student
- A pool of willing instructors
- A pool of willing students
So far I've only begun fleshing out the White Belt level but every week more content will be added till it has every single practical Hapkido move. I am happy to offer White Belt through Yellow Belt absolutely free of charge. In conventional terms that is like three to six months of training for free.
As I add content to the site I will put updates in this thread of the blog. If you decide to join you will have my undivided attention and instruction and occasional help from three other guest black belts.
I look forward to training with you!