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Below are answers to common questions concerning Marc Tedeschi’s background and activities. For questions concerning his published works, please click on the Faq > About Books menu.
Is Mr. Tedeschi working on any new books?
If so, what is the subject matter?
Yes, new books are under development. The nature of such works and their expected release dates will be announced at the appropriate time. Generally, neither Marc Tedeschi nor his publisher discuss any aspect of works‑in‑progress until they near completion. We appreciate your interest and thank you for your support.
Would Mr. Tedeschi ever consider collaborating on publishing projects with other authors?
Yes, assuming that the project is truly collaborative. That is: In a collaborative work, the collective contributions of the authors should lead to the creation of an exemplary work that is superior to what any single individual might create on their own. Mr. Tedeschi also provides on-going advice and counsel to serious students or evolving professionals engaged in unique projects. For information, click on the Teaching > Mentoring menu.
Is Mr. Tedeschi planning to develop instructional DVDs or videos pertaining to the martial arts?
Not at this time. Possibly in the future.
I am interested in training under Mr. Tedeschi.
What are my options?
Please click on the Teaching > Hapkido Training menu on this website, or visit
Does Mr. Tedeschi give seminars?
Yes. For information, click on the Teaching > Seminars menu on this website.
What style of Hapkido does Mr. Tedeschi practice?
Mr. Tedeschi is the founder of an unnamed style of Hapkido, which is comprehensively documented in numerous books and manuals. Although this style is essentially mainstream Hapkido integrated with modern innovations and additions, it is distinct when compared to what many Hapkidoists are practicing today. Generally, the style focuses on the art of Hapkido as a whole, without editing out techniques, or adding in skills from other martial arts. Preservation and innovation are valued equally. From a technical standpoint, the style is perhaps most distinct in its: comprehensive systematic approach; modernization of self-defense skills; integration of sophisticated striking and grappling techniques; expanded ground-fighting repertoire; expansion of traditional Hapkido weapons techniques; emphasis on improvisation and free-sparring; and creation of complex combinations that are more indicative of the continuous flow historically associated with Hapkido. Mr. Tedeschi's style of Hapkido began evolving in the late-1990s, coalesced with the publication of his landmark Hapkido book in 2000, and was formally documented in 2007 with the release of comprehensive rank manuals. Technical innovation and modernization are ongoing, and always stem from the core philosophies and technical principles that have defined Hapkido from its beginnings.
What Hapkido association(s) does he belong to?
Mr. Tedeschi is not formally affiliated with any of the numerous Hapkido associations, since he wishes to remain impartial. He continues to support the development of Hapkido as a whole; he does not advocate any particular association above all others. In January 2007, Mr. Tedeschi and others established Hapkido West, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of Hapkido. One of the long-term objectives of this organization is to establish strategic partnerships with a broad range of associations, in order to promote goodwill and fellowship, and provide greater benefit to Hapkidoists as a whole.
Who were Mr. Tedeschi’s martial arts teachers?
Mr. Tedeschi’s primary martial arts teachers were Grandmaster Merrill Jung, the widely respected Hapkido and Taekwondo master who brought Grandmaster Han‑Jae Ji to the United States and subsequently helped him to found and establish Sin Moo Hapkido during the 1980s; and Professor Wally Jay, acknowledged by martial artists in all styles as one of the major innovators of the twentieth century. Mr. Tedeschi was born in 1956 in the USA, began martial arts training in 1974, and received his 7th dan in Hapkido from Grandmaster Merrill Jung (10th dan), prior to founding his own style of Hapkido in 2007.
Does Mr. Tedeschi continue to train regularly in the martial arts?
Yes. He trains virtually every day. This stems from his love of the physicality of training, coupled with his long‑held belief that one’s vitality and evolution as a martial artist is ultimately inseparable from the quality and frequency of one’s training.