book cover of Hapkido: Traditions, Philosophy, Technique by Marc Tedeschi; the most comprehensive book ever written on a single martial art; 1136 pages, 9000 photos, 2000 martial techniques.
“This book is in my experience the most
comprehensive ever written on a single martial art.
It is superbly organized, highly informative, and
contains thousands of outstanding photographs.
An authoritative presentation of basic principles
and techniques, integrated with modern
innovations, makes this work indispensable
to martial artists of virtually any style.”

“An exceptional work . . . enormous, comprehensive,
detailed, beautifully illustrated . . . It covers so much
ground and its material is so well presented that no
martial arts library will again be complete without it.”

This groundbreaking work is the first to comprehensively document the traditions, philosophy, and techniques of one of the world’s most varied, exciting, and practical martial arts—Hapkido. More than 9000 photographs introduce over 2000 martial techniques, including strikes, kicks, blocks, avoiding movements, holds, joint locks, chokes, throws, falls, tumbling, ground fighting, and weapons. Numerous closeups show precise grips, leverage methods, pressure points, hitting surfaces, and the proper direction of force.

In addition to self-defense techniques, chapters are included on East Asian philosophy, martial arts history, Oriental and Western anatomy, meditation, healing, and pressure point fighting, as well as in-depth, previously unpublished interviews with the world’s preeminent Hapkido Grandmasters and renowned Grandmasters of related martial arts. Because of similarities between Hapkido and many other martial arts, including Taekwondo, Jujutsu, Aikido, Judo, and Tai Chi Chuan, this book is a useful reference for practitioners of all martial arts styles, from novices to masters.

This unique work is the definitive text on Hapkido, and destined to become a classic of martial arts literature.


Hapkido: Traditions, Philosophy, Technique
Author: Marc Tedeschi
Publisher: Weatherhill, USA
An imprint of Shambhala Publications
Language: English
First Edition, October 2000
Sixth Printing, August 2013
1136 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches, hardcover
Over 9000 monochrome photos
6 full-color pages of pressure-point charts
Maps, diagrams, glossary, bibliography, index
Exceptional-quality printing on glossy, acid-free paper
Lay-flat binding, sewn signatures, ribbon bookmark
Shipping weight: 10.3 pounds in individual carton
ISBN-10: 0-8348-0444-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-8348-0444-9
List Price: USA $100 / CAN $114


To help readers comprehend the vast material that defines Hapkido, this book is organized into five parts:

Part 1 is an overview of history, philosophy, technique, and human anatomy, and features interviews with important martial artists.

Part 2 is an overview of the basic technical elements that compose Hapkido. More than 1000 strikes, blocks, holds, and throws are documented, among other skills.

Part 3 shows how the basic technical skills outlined in Part 2 are combined for practical self-defense. More than 600 typical techniques are shown in detail.

Part 4 is a comprehensive overview of Hapkido weapon systems and outlines more than 470 typical techniques.

Reference material is located in appendices at the back of the book and includes promotion requirements, school curricula, Korean terminology, a reading list, and a detailed index for locating specific techniques.

The book’s five parts are summarized below. Each of these five parts contains numerous chapters, numbered for convenience. A detailed table of contents is found by clicking on more detail, as provided below (scroll down).


Part 1: Overview

1.  Introduction
2.  History
3.  Philosophy
4.  Interviews
5.  Anatomy
6.  Preparation
7.  Technique Overview
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Part 2: Basic Elements

8.  Breathing + Meditation
9.  Revival Techniques
10.  Stances
11.  Movement
12.  Attack Points
13.  Strikes
14.  Avoiding + Blocking
15.  Holds
16.  Throws
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Part 3: Self-Defense

17.  Self-Defense Overview
18.  Defense Against Punches
19.  Defense Against Kicks
20.  Defense Against Holds
21.  Defense Against Chokes
22.  Defense Against Joint Locks
23.  Defense Against Throws
24.  Ground Defenses
25.  Defense Using One or No Arms
26.  Attacking Techniques
27.  Multiple Opponents
28.  Protecting Another Person
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Part 4: Weapons

29.  Hapkido Weapons Overview
30.  Knife Techniques
31.  Short-Stick Techniques
32.  Long-Staff Techniques
33.  Cane Techniques
34.  Sword Techniques
35.  Rope Techniques
36.  Common Objects as Weapons
37.  Defense Against Handgun
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Promotion Requirements
Korean Alphabet + Pronunciation
Korean Terms
Further Reading
Index of Techniques
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“This book is in my experience the most comprehensive ever written on a single martial art. It is superbly organized, highly informative, and contains thousands of outstanding photographs. An authoritative presentation of basic principles and techniques, integrated with modern innovations, makes this work indispensable to martial artists of virtually any style.”
– Professor Wally Jay

“Within minutes of opening Marc Tedeschi’s new book, Hapkido, you know you have your hands on an exceptional work. Hapkido is an enormous, comprehensive, detailed, beautifully illustrated and, somehow, very personal reference work for those who want to learn about this fascinating martial art. I predict it will soon be as much a part of the required-reading list for martial arts practitioners as are Donn Draeger’s The Martial Arts and Ways of Japan, Eugen Herrigel’s Zen in the Art of Archery, and Bruce Lee’s The Tao of Jeet Kune Do. At the same time, Hapkido goes far above and beyond these books, and beyond almost any other martial arts reference work, by examining the traditions, philosophy, and techniques of hapkido with an astonishing degree of detail . . . It covers so much ground and its material is so well presented that no martial arts library will again be complete without it.”
– Journal of Asian Martial Arts

“If you hold this book in your hand, words will fail you. 1136 pages, more than 9000 photos, 2.5 inches thick, 11 x 8.5 inches large, and almost 8 lbs heavy! If you turn to the first pages you are lost. You forget the time and you are lost in the apparently infinite information explosion contained in this work . . . for the Hapkidoin it is a treasure chest full of information and impulses . . . If I had the choice to take a book with me onto a lonely island, I would decide on this book . . . An absolute must for any Hapkidoin!”
– (Germany)

Hapkido is an overwhelming achievement. Its comprehensiveness and the quality of the writing and design are unmatched in martial arts literature. The author’s integration of history, philosophy, and technique into the larger framework of martial arts as a whole makes this book invaluable to any martial artist. Tedeschi’s treatment of weapons techniques is honest, practical, and well worth studying.”
– Nicklaus Suino, author of The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship

5starsAn Encyclopedia of Hapkido and Martial Arts
“This book is simply outstanding. The depth and volume of information provided is impressive to say the least. Presented in large format on quality paper, it covers the width and breadth of Hapkido. The overview contains interviews with all prominent grandmasters, including Yong-Sul Choi. An exhaustive list of techniques are illustrated with sequence photos and detailed descriptions. It covers everything from the basics to weapons and protecting others. As a bonus, it includes extensive acupressure diagrams and descriptions. It treats Hapkido as a science without losing its art form.”
– (USA)

The best martial arts book ever published . . .
How does one even begin to review a book of this scope and sophistication? My first inclination is to pronounce it to be the Holy Grail of martial arts instructional texts . . . bringing a new level of clarity and intellectual precision in presenting previously ‘too complex to describe’ concepts and techniques . . . It is simply a monumental accomplishment, nothing less, and belongs in every library . . . You can spend years finding things in Tedeschi’s book which will broaden and enhance your own personal practice, whatever that may be. Trust me on this. This is the one!”

“I am impressed. This book is one extremely large, very nearly complete, reference on all aspects of Hapkido. I say ‘very nearly’ not as a criticism, but in astonishment, simply because this book covers almost all of a huge curriculum. In addition to a huge technique reference section, it contains a number of interesting interviews, cool historical pictures, and a number of well-written chapters on many aspects of Hapkido not normally written about . . . the verbal [technical] descriptions are the best.”
– Nebraska Hapkido Association Bookstore

“The attention to detail is second to none and it is obvious that the author thought not just about Hapkido practitioners, but the whole of the martial arts community.”
– The Martial Arts Foundation

5starsMost Thorough of the Big Hapkido Books!
“Tedeschi keeps no secrets, and puts on no airs. He is honest, humble, and to the point. I can only wonder at the effort it has taken to assemble this volume, and the drive of the author to be so complete in his assessment and documentation . . . nothing, on any grappling or striking art, compares to the depth of this single volume. That this book is so affordable surprises me—books with half the information sell for more! This volume is a value and a treasure.”
– (USA)

5starsThe Best Hapkido Book I’ve Ever Seen
“After many years in Hapkido training, this is the best reference material I’ve ever seen and I have them all (including the Korean texts). Make no mistake, this Hapkido DOES work on the street and it’s just like I was taught in Korea. It’s saved my life more than once. This book is a must have for any serious Hapkido student.”
– (USA)

5starsGreat Compilation of
Useful Information and Techniques!

“[This] is the most complete and well organized martial arts book I have seen. I was trained in Hapkido by an 8th Dan (kwanjangnim) in South Korea and most of the content in this book is consistent with the training I received there. The author has done an excellent job explaining and demonstrating Hapkido as taught traditionally as well as more modern applications . . . As a practitioner and instructor of Hapkido and other art forms, I would recommend this book to any serious student or instructor.”
– (USA)

5starsBest Hapkido Book
“As a martial artist of over 30 years and a 7th Dan in Hapkido, I own this book and find it to be the most comprehensive text on this beautiful Korean art. Marc Tedeschi presents the material in such a way as to not be biased toward any one belief on the true history of Hapkido, leaving out political views. He gives equal credit to many of the top Korean Hapkido masters. He does give credit to some of his non-Hapkido instructors, which is only a sign of respect to his teachers . . . This is the finest Hapkido book I have had the pleasure to own, and I like to think that if Choi Yong Sul were alive today, he would be honored.”
– (USA)

“As a student of the martial arts for over 23 years and a 6th Dan in Hapkido, I must say this is one of the best books on the martial arts ever compiled. It is without a doubt the most accurate and in-depth manual on the Korean art of Hapkido . . . This book shall become a resource to be visited and revisited over the years . . . without a doubt the most complete and top-quality resource ever produced on a martial art.”
– (USA)

5starsBest Hapkido Book Available
“Tedeschi has produced the most comprehensive text on Hapkido that anyone could hope to find . . . As an instructor of Hapkido, I am continuously looking for new techniques to teach my students and new ways of understanding and explaining the techniques I teach. This book is an invaluable resource for serious Hapkido students and instructors, and I am grateful for Mr. Tedeschi for putting it together.”
– (USA)

5starsTedeschi’s Book Goes to the Core of Hapkido!
“I have pursued the martial arts for 27 years, 23 of those years as a Hapkidoin. Marc Tedeschi’s book hits exactly upon the essence of Hapkido. Tedesch’s research is outstanding. He has not only shown the entire technical repertoire of this superb Korean system, but has also answered, through interviews with many masters (especially with the founder, Choi), many questions as to the origins and spirit of Hapkido. The book is very extensive and articulates areas that have been rarely illuminated until now . . . To my knowledge, no book on any martial art or martial-sport even remotely measures up to this work. Without reservation, I would recommend this book to any Hapkidoin—and naturally, to those in other Budo practices as well.”
– (Germany)

5starsShockingly Good
“This book is absolutely astonishing in its quality and level of detail. I don’t even particularly like Hapkido, and I ordered it on the strength of glowing recommendations I’d heard—and I can tell you they didn’t even come close . . . I can’t even begin to tell you how good it is. It leaves ALL other martial arts books in smoking rubble.”
– (USA)

5starsSomething that did not exist before in this world
“‘I wrote this book because I felt I could bring something into existence that did not exist before in this world,’ wrote Mr. Tedeschi in his preface. That is the truth. If you take this book in your hands and read a few pages of it, you will realize that, with the exception of his other book about Taekwondo, there is no equal. You can’t compare these books with anything else. The greatness of this book is unbelievable. It is complete, it is clear, it is honest, it is modern. You have to take a look at it to believe.”
– (USA)

5starsI Love This Book
“This book has set the standard so high, that all martial artists should demand this kind of quality and in-depth overview from the author on any given subject in the martial arts. Tedeschi gets specific about Hapkido. We all know how difficult it is to get any concrete information on the art of Hapkido. There is now concrete and complete information. The reason why we have a library of books on a specific style is because we don’t understand the art the way we feel that we should. You will understand Hapkido after reading this book. This book answers the questions that we all have. I’m a 3rd Dan in Hapkido who had questions about the art. Tedeschi has done a wonderful job of cutting through the common formalities of being very general about Hapkido and that it is the almighty superior everything to everyone art. He is refreshingly respectful to all of the other martial arts and not claiming to be better than the rest. This book has filled in the gaps and allowed me to spread my wings. Until this time there has not been a complete text that has been readily available that has established the parameters of this art. After reading this book you will understand that there are really no parameters, but [rather] core ideals, philosophies and techniques. With that in mind this book has become my companion that will help me to be the best that I can be in Hapkido and life.”
– (USA)

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