Combat Hapkido

Chon-Tu Kwan Hapkido was founded in 1990 by Grandmaster John Pellegrini and officially accredited as Korean Kwan by the WKF/KKA (Kido-Hae) in 1999. Translated, Chon-Tu Kwan Hapkido is also known as Combat Kapkido and is widely taught throughout the world. The name clearly identifies it and sets it apart from other traditional styles of Hapkido. It is also referred to as the Science of Self Defense.

Combat Hapkido is an extremely realistic and versatile discipline of self protection that includes an extensive variety of strikes, kicks, joint locks, pressure points, grappling and disarming techniques. The result is a practical, comprehensive Self Defense system that is enjoyable to learn and that produces effective results in realistic situations.

Combat Hapkido’s dynamic concepts are based on scientific principles of anatomy and bio kinetics as well as psychology and strategy. It is well suited for men and women of all sizes because physical strength and athletic abilities are not essential. The emphasis is on redirecting the assailants’ aggression and power back toward them with little effort and minimum force on your part.

Founding this system did not involve “inventing” the techniques. It was a matter of selecting the most realistic, effective and practical ones, modifying others and then combining and arranging these techniques in a structured system of instruction designed for individuals of all physical abilities living in a modern society.

The essence of Combat Hapkido is pure Self Defense. It is the synthesis of dynamic concepts, scientific principles, realistic applications and plain common sense.

Combat Hapkido is the result of over 3 decades of study, research and development. This comprehensive system is now taught in hundreds of schools in the US and over 20 foreign Countries. Combat Hapkido can stand alone and be taught as a complete system or it can be added as a separate program to any traditional Martial Arts curriculum.

Combat Hapkido is for sincere and open minded students and Instructors who are serious about wanting to grow and evolve to a new level of understanding and ability.

Combat Hapkido can be easily integrated into any program because it complements and blends well with most Martial Arts.

Combat Hapkido is ideal for those individuals (for example, many women, busy professionals and law enforcement officers) who do not have the time, desire or ability to commit themselves to the demanding study of a traditional Martial Art.


  • A new, modern style of Hapkido
  • A totally scientific approach to Self Defense
  • A realistic and effective discipline of personal protection
  • A dynamic and flexible program of learning and teaching the science of Self Defense
  • The result of over 35 years of Martial Arts study, research, application and synthesis


  • A new Martial Art
  • Traditional Hapkido with a different name
  • A “Free-Style” type of Martial Art
  • A Sport
  • An amateurish mix of random techniques from different Martial Arts


Combat Hapkido is a new, modern style of Hapkido developed by Grandmaster John Pellegrini. Combat Hapkido differs from other Hapkido styles philosophically as well as technically. The following are a few examples:

  • Combat Hapkido is 100% Self Defense. There are no forms (Kata/Hyungs)
  • Combat Hapkido kicks are directed to the lower part of the body
  • Combat Hapkido does not teach “acrobatic” kicks
  • Combat Hapkido employs break falls and throws in a very limited manner
  • Combat Hapkido has no hard blocks or stances
  • Combat Hapkido does not teach “Traditional” weapons like joot-do (bamboo sword) or fan. We teach cane, belt and other Self Defense tools
  • Combat Hapkido teaches a complete Stick and Knife program
  • Combat Hapkido teaches special firearms disarming techniques
  • Combat Hapkido contains a complete Ground Grappling program
  • Combat Hapkido, because it is flexible, dynamic and eclectic, continues to evolve
  • Combat Hapkido is not a sport and cannot be modified nor regulated to be one. There are no competitions, tournaments or championship