I think my Hapkido journey is at an end

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I have quit my current TKD/HKD school, in lieu of a move halfway across the country this summer. I have earned my HKD 1st Dan black belt, although I am still awaiting physical acknowledgment in the form of the belt and certificate. This marks the second art I have earned a black belt in, the first being my primary art of Taekwondo.

Where I am moving to, there is no Hapkido. There are a few TKD places, and a lot of BJJ places. I plan to continue my TKD journey. However, I will switch my grappling focus from HKD to BJJ. It's something I've wanted to learn for a long time, but haven't had the time. Now, I'm going to make time. Even if there were HKD schools in the new town, I probably still would make the switch. My Master taught a very focused version of HKD that focuses most on the joint locks. I don't really know that I would enjoy doing TKD and HKD together at another school which has a broader approach to the art, as much as I would in another dedicated grappling school.

However, even though my official journey has ended, HKD will still play a large role in my journey to come. In TKD, it will show up heavily in the self-defense portion of my curriculum. I know a lot of it is supposedly TKD as well, but we generally went deeper both in technical detail as well as practical application in the HKD class. Similarly, as I start taking BJJ, I will draw on my experience in HKD. Where there are similarities, I can draw inspiration. Where there are differences, I can learn another way of doing things, and figure out what works best for me. I also know a BJJ student who trained HKD at our school, and used the HKD techniques to great effect in defending grips, so I might find a few uses for some of the techniques I already know.

I'm done with HKD, but I probably never will be.
 

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Good for you, go for it! Hapkido and every art you learn will always be a part of you. BJJ is a fine art and I know you will learn loads.
 

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I look forward to hearing about your road of discovery in BJJ. The approach will likely be very different from what you experienced in HKD, so it'll be a lot of fun. Don't forget to look back from time to time and ask how you can use some of those HKD principles from a BJJ position.

Gonna be a blast, man!
 

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I have considered that your Hapkido was rather a construct of your teacher. Nothing wrong with that, his school his teaching emphasis. I look forward to if you can find a more traditional HKD school and choose to go with it or try BJJ. I don't think you will go wrong either way. From what I have seen of BJJ, there are many good things to learn. (Except maybe for its apparent emphasis on going to the floor quickly.

But against a single opponent, that can't hurt either. Well, except your opponent. ;)

Please keep us posted.
 
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I have considered that your Hapkido was rather a construct of your teacher. Nothing wrong with that, his school his teaching emphasis. I look forward to if you can find a more traditional HKD school and choose to go with it or try BJJ. I don't think you will go wrong either way. From what I have seen of BJJ, there are many good things to learn. (Except maybe for its apparent emphasis on going to the floor quickly.

But against a single opponent, that can't hurt either. Well, except your opponent. ;)

Please keep us posted.
There is 0 Hapkido where I will be moving, so even if it was a consideration, I wouldn't be able to.
 

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