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Frequently Asked Questions

This is where you will find most answers. If there should still be any questions left, don’t hesitate to contact us.


What does ‘Hankimuye’ mean?

Hankimuye literally means ‘Korean ki martial arts’. Martial arts that originate from Korea and where the conversion of power (hapki) is taught ie. learning how to use the energy of your opponent to your advantage.

Han stands for Korea. Ki means universal energy and Muye literally means martial art.

Is Hankimuye a new martial art?

Yes and no. Hankimuye stands for the way we feel martial arts can best be practiced and taught.  We acknowledge that practicing martial arts can be beneficial both to individuals and to society as a whole. Hankimuye is the combination of three martial arts (hapkido, hankido and hankumdo) into one coherent system. Steeped in tradition but with an eye on the future, that’s how we want hankimuye to be a martial art that develops to modern needs.

How is Hankimuye different from hapkido?

There are many hapkido styles and some of them differ quite a lot. The core of Hankimuye is more based on hankido as it was developed by grandmaster Myung Jae-nam. Hankido can be seen as hybrid of hapkido and aikido.

How is Hankimuye different from hankido?

Other organizations see hapkido and hankido as two separate martial arts, where we treat them as one integrated system. 

Who was master Ko Baek-yong?

Master Ko Baek-yong wa the most prominent student of the late master Myung Jae-nam. Myung Jae-nam was the founder of Hankido. Master Ko Baek-yong was the most senior student who taught Hankido actively besides Myung Jae-nam. Master Ko Baek-yong passed away in 2017, our federation continues to teach his particular interpretation of what a martial art should be like.

How realistic is Hankimuye/

Certain martial arts promote themselves by telling you they only teach practical techniqes. You can learn the best techniques, but if the way you train them isn’t realistic, it still won’t matter. 

In our opinion it is better to learn a few techniques and understand these techniques and their core principles well and train them often, than to learn lots of techniques. 


Can everyone join your federation?

Everyone is welcome to join our federation. Contact us if you want more information. We do however only accept members after they have trained with us for at least one year. We therefore expect you to either start training at a member school or to invite one of our international instructors to visit your school on a regular basis. 

Can I train with you?

You are more than welcome to come train with us. Our main gym is located in Seoul, you can find the address at the bottom of the page. We appreciate it if you notify us of your visit before hand. Across the street from the gym you will find a guesthouse where you can stay if you want to. It offers affordable accommodation to those who want to train with us for a long time.

Contact us

  • Phone

    +82 10-4734-7476

  • Email

  • Address

    Hwagok-dong 796-16

    Gangseo-gu, Seoul