Martial Art Concepts began in 1988 in the city of Anza, CA. It was the brainchild of Master Dan Paulson, who with 40+ years of martial arts training in various forms of the arts; from Kung Fu to Tang So Do to Jui Jitsu, realized that not "one" art was the best art. They all had their unique abilities and drawbacks. This is the same for Hapkido, the art of "Harmonious Energy/Power". A highly eclectic Korean martial art that is a form of self defense employing joint locks, grappling, kicking, punches and throwing techniques. It's founder, Choi Yung Sool was a student of Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu and with over 30 years of training began a school behind a factory in Korea. Here he met students of different disciplines, which brought Judo, Taekwondo and a number of traditional Korean martial arts into Daito Ryu Aikijujustu. Then in 1959, Grand Master Sool changed the name to Hapkido. Master Dan had the pleasure of training with Grand Masters Lee and Myung, who taught him some of the finer points of the arts. Dan continued his training and then in 1993, moved his studio to Temecula, CA; and then finally to Fallbrook, CA where it has been since 2003. Over the years, Master Dan has taught hundreds, if not thousands of students and some have gone on to become black belts. Two of his students, Michael Knox and Drew Scott, saw an opportunity to continue Master Dan's legacy and took over the school. They have been able to incorporate many new items to the school, Come see what we have.
What is Hapkido
Hapkido is a Korean martial art practiced the world over Characterized by joint locks, throws, and dynamic kicking techniques, it is unique among Korean martial arts (Taekwondo, Tang Soo Do) in its emphasis on deflecting an opponent's attacks instead of forceful blocking.
Hapkido is the "anti-martial art". It was designed as a way to defend against and overcome an attacker with skill in many forms of martial combat. With roots in Aiki¬jujitsu, Hapkido adds striking and punching to joint-locks, throws, and grappling, making it one of the original mixed martial arts. However, unlike modern MMA training, Hapkido gives the student a solid base in different forms of defense, and roots the strategy of that defense in the principles of water, circle, and harmony. This gives the student a solid framework on which to develop their skill so that they are not caught off-guard when in real defense situations.
It is designed to allow a martial artist to rapidly subdue an opponent and render any attacker completely incapable of causing harm. Since Hapkido affords total control over a physical confrontation and emphasizes precision over brute strength, the hapkidoist can localize any damage dealt to an opponent and avoid creating unintended injury.
For this reason, it is very popular among private security and law enforcement agents throughout the world.
But, make no mistake. Hapkido also enables the practitioner to leverage extremely powerful and even deadly force if absolutely necessary, such as in a life-or-death confrontation. The art's primary emphasis is on practical self-defense.
Our Mission Statement
Martial Art Concepts Fallbrook offers a traditional and non-traditional martial arts experience within a high-achievement, family-friendly atmosphere. Our students' growth, success, and safety is our top priority. Martial arts is for everyone and beginners are most welcome.
At Martial Art Concepts, we practice Hapkido. Kickboxing, Grappling and Weapons: providing instruction, training, competition, and demonstration opportunities for men, women and children of differing experience levels and ability.
All students not only learn the physical techniques, but also the five tenets of the martial arts: