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At Hyun’s Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do & Self Defense School, we strive to make classes fun and engaging, both for the body and the mind.


Martial arts is what you make of it, whether it’s to lose weight, get in shape, learn something new, meet new people, continue your traditional training or just as a stress release. It’s perfect for both men and women, and we believe women need more self defense than men. It’s also for children as young as five, or seniors into their 70s.


We teach practical self defense techniques, incorporating simple theories and hands on training. Hapkido is wonderful for adults, from beginners to experienced martial artists. Hapkido looks like Karate, Aikido, and Judo mixed. Truly it is the traditional Mixed Martial Art.


We teach police and security, and they have to learn to control and immobilize first, strike second. For civilians, it’s the opposite – learn to strike first, then as confidence grows, control instead.


Chicago’s most experienced martial arts school serves Bucktown, Logan Square, Avondale, Lakeview, Old Town, River North, Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, The Loop, and Old Irving Park.


Our classes build confidence, the most important element in being able to defend yourself.

"One of the top 10 schools in the U.S."

- American Tae Kwon Do Federation

- National Martial Arts Research Foundation

Recognized by

Black Belt Magazine

Esquire Magzine

Chicago Magazine

Chicago Parent Magazine

The Suit Magazine

PM Magazine

Ultrasport Magazine

Warner Saunders Show


Chicago Tribune

Chicago Reader

Crain's Chicago Business

Tae Kwon Do Times

WGN News

ABC News

CBS News

NBC News

Awards & Recognition

Best of Chicago 2010 - Self-Defense and Athletic Instruction


2002 School of the Year - Martial Arts World Magazine


Number of Black Belts Produced - Korea KiDo Association


Hiring Martial Arts Graduates - Yong In University


National Register's WHO'S WHO in Executive Professionals

Letters of Appreciation

U.S. Naval Investigative Service


Cook County Sherrif's Department Training Academy


Big Brothers Big Sister of Metropolitan Chicago


Mayor of Chicago for Cultural Exchange


Korean-American Association of Chicago

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What Is Hapkido?


Hap Ki Do or Hapkido means “The Art of Coordinated Power”


Hap- coordinated to form togetherness in the martial arts
Ki- inner power or life force
Do- the way of life


This Martial Art and self defense system consist of circular motions incorporating kicks, punches, throwing, joint-locks (breaks) and submission techniques (choke holds).


It is a versatile style of martial arts designed to teach you distance and close contact self defense. The attacks focus on the weakest parts of the opponent’s body such as arteries, nerves, joints, and organs, known as pressure points.


The defensive movements are circular motions to diminish or neutralize the attacker’s power. You will also increase your fitness, flexibility, and stamina.

What Is Tae Kwon Do?


Tae Kwon Do or Taekwondo means “The Art of the Foot and the Fist”


Tae- to use your feet (kicking)
Kwon- to use your hand (punching or striking)
Do- the way of life


This martial arts and self defense system consists of 75% kicking and 25% blocking or striking.


The attacks are designed to directly and effectively strike the opponent. Taekwondo has four disciplines, which are Forms, Sparring, Self-defense, and Breaking. Characterized as a modern style of martial arts and self defense, it uses fast, high, and spinning kicks. 


This is a great Martial Art for children. Taekwondo also teaches confidence, discipline, and respect. Students will also benefit from an increase in fitness, flexibility, and stamina.

Our objectives for teaching martial arts are for you to:

1. Develop confidence and self-esteem

2. Achieve physical fitness through positive participation

3. Improve mental discipline and emotional equanimity 

4. Learn self-defense to protect yourself and your love ones

5. Develop a sense of respect and responsibility for oneself and others


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