of JUDO, KARATE & HAPKIDO
Lee's School of Judo, Karate & Hapkido
Translated "the gentle way" or "the way of suppleness and pliability", the essence of good judo technique lies not in meeting force with force but with controlled surrender, The Judo practitioner cultivates an acute sense of dynamic energy and balance and is able to throw his opponent by using his weight and strength against him. When the opponent pushes, one pulls, when the opponent pulls, one pushes. Softness triumphs over hardness, weakness over strength".
"The way of Harmonic energy", Hapkido, a highly sophisticated martial art, is based on mirroring and redirecting ones "Ki" or energy. Joint manipulation, pressure points, and circular motion are the characteristic tools of Hapkido. It is similar to Judo in its principle of bending to an opposing force. It is different in the sense that in Hapkido, when the opponent pushes, one turns; when the opponent pulls, one "enters". The spirit of Hapkido is rooted in a deep sense of responsisbility and compassion. Hapkido teaches that we must protect our opponent as well as ourselves. Ideally we must endeavor to immobilize an act of aggression without injury to the attacker or the attacked.
Tang Soo Do
Karate is a martial art that contains many different styles. Tang Soo Do, the style taught at Lee’s School of Judo, Karate & Hapkido, can trace its origins to the Three Kingdoms in Korea, beginning with the Shilla Kingdom in 57 BC. Practiced by Buddhist monks, it was quickly incorporated by the army, which used Tang Soo Do competitions as a way to attract and recruit soldiers.
But the concepts underlying Tang Soo Do are more than military. Tang Soo Do incorporates the idea of victory without combat. (Once engaged in combat, however, the practitioner must commit himself or herself to win at all costs.) A modern translation of this idea might be “The best defense is a good offense.” A person trained to fight is less likely to be attacked than a person who has no defensive skills. A person trained to fight is also better able to use self-restraint because this person has the confidence to take the time to assess a situation before rushing in with an attack.