Hapkido is not only a great self defense martial arts system but an excellent form of fitness as well.
No person who is professionally involved in any aspect of maintaining health and physical fitness can doubt the genuine need for a realistic program for physical fitness.
Based on disturbing statistics of general poor health gathered by various state and national health agencies, it now seems the opinion of physicians, physical education instructors and other authorities that some sensible program for physical fitness must be initiated on a national scale. The Federal Government, well aware of the problem, has taken certain preliminary steps in this direction. However, it is the contention of the author that there is a serious error in the concept of the physical fitness program as it is currently being outlined and that unless this error is rectified the program cannot possibly succeed in its national intent. This is where Hapkido schools can help.
Richard Hackworth performs a powerful Hapkido high side kick
The basic mistake which has been made is to promote the idea of physical fitness in such a way that it has become associated in the minds of most people with vigorous activities, the emphasis being on the usual wearisome calisthenics, body building through jumping and running, the use of weights, hikes, sports. Because physical fitness is now associated with these types of activities, the majority of our population has physically and psychologically excluded itself from the entire idea!
The truth of the matter is that only a relatively small segment of the population will exercise with calisthenics for more than a short period of time (especially without constant supervision), because this type of exercising is tiring and simply not enjoyable. An infinitesimal number of people will consider conditioning themselves with the use of weights or through regular training or hiking. The people who play tennis, swim, bowl, play basketball, baseball, football, etc., have been doing these things in the past, enjoy them and will in all probability continue to do them without having to be encouraged. But only relatively few people indulge regularly even in these sports. Furthermore, it should be noted that we cannot properly consider weekly or Bi-weekly participation in bowling, tennis, golf, etc. to be a method of truly remaining fit. The truth of this statement will be evident as we proceed.
For a national physical fitness program to be of real value, it must be sufficiently comprehensive to include all segments of the population regardless of age, background or vocation, and must help to condition all systems of the body, i.e. not only the muscular and the circulatory, but the respiratory, nervous, endocrine and other aspects of the body. In addition, such a program must be enjoyable and stimulating so that one wants to exercise if for no other reason than that he or she feels a sense of well-being after exercising, not exhausted or strained as is so often the case with calisthenics or sports.
The system which meets all of the above requirements is the age-old physical movements and exercises comprising the system of HaeMuKwan Hapkido. Korea’s ancient form of physical training that includes energizing Ki-Kong breathing, relaxed stretching and dynamic tension muscle toning. The various routines of HaeMuKwan Hapkido exercises which are offered can easily be modified and extended to apply to every segment of the population from small children to the senior citizen. I invite you to give HaeMuKwan Hapkido a fair trail with a FREE Trial Lesson available at any HaeMuKwan Hapkido school. I can tell you from person experience you will begin to feel more energy, have better flexibility and an increase in overall health. It is our HaeMuKwan Hapkido schools guarantee!
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