The European Hapkido Union is a hapkido organization that operates in the European area of interest.
Proclaimed policy of the European Hapkido Union is not promulgation or advertisement of official international hapkido organizations.
All trainees can become members of the EHU regardless of the style and the school to which they belong. We respect all styles and schools, the essence of all styles and schools is only one word Hapkido.
In our union it is only important that you want to develop HAPKIDO in Europe.
EHU will not impose itself as a bearer of a style or school, we are NOT A STYLE OR SCHOOL, WE ARE HAPKIDO, union of all styles and schools.
We recognize all diplomas which you may already possess, but we also allow taking pupil and master belt exams through EHU diplomas and the EHU exam program, if that is your request, or if you have the need to do so.
Our primary reason for existence is the realization of a single Hapkido market in Europe and expansion of the same with the goal of improving hapkido. This is achieved through:
- joint advertisement of hapkido events such as seminars for all styles who want to participate,
- the organization of competitions open to all styles of hapkido,
- joint hapkido summits where each master can demonstrate the bauty and advantage of his own hapkido style in the Olympic spirit.
Hapkido competitions are conceived in a way so that competitors and members of each style and school can participate, and the rules themselves guarantee a quality competition and fair-play results for all so that the winners can truly consider themselves hapkido masters of the highest caliber, and not just of one style but of hapkido altogether.
What is most important, is that the rules are conceived so that parts from separate existing hapkido styles and competitions are extracted and to allow equal participation for all competitors.
The rules are partially modified (different scoring values added in combat for 1,2 or 3 points), in order to increase competition attractiveness in our martial art for the general public ,newspaper and tv programs, and by doing so contributing even more to the popularity of hapkido in Europe.
Hapkido has acquired a distinctive form that is necessary to point out and separate from the rest of the ancient and emerging martial arts. Due to this recognition and specificity in opinion it is necessary to work together to further strengthen the efficiency, effectiveness and recognizability of Hapkido. Respecting hapkido tradition, styles and ancient masters, we must take a step forward towards the unification of what was once one, HAPKIDO.
Our European Hapkido Union aims to unite through cooperation in sport because it is the only path to survival and further development of hapkido and its recognition.
Who created hapkido, who is a better master or which style is better is not that important nowadays, because it is most important for it to be exercised with pleasure and to share that joy.
Positive experiences from other sports lie in the unification and standardization of the competition and organizational format, as well as access to national Olympic committees.
This is the only way for the further development and successful operation of hapkido as a sports and organizations that engage in it in Europe.
Also the only way this is possible is if hapkido enters as a non-Olympic sport in the World Federation of Olympic and Non-Olympic sports SportAccord (former GAISF), that unites contact sports but also Olympic and non-Olympic martial arts such as aikido, karate, kick-boxing, judo, taekwondo, wrestling, etc.
This is the path taken by the European Hapkido Union.
JOIN US TODAY, LET’S MAKE THAT STEP TOGETHER!