Hapkido history from Chun Ki Do
My lineage is influenced by four specific periods of my martial arts training:
1. My families martial arts based on stepping techniques (triangle step, cross step, skip step), turning, and jumping.
2. My early years of formal training at a Buddhist monastery in Kyongi do where I learned meditation, breathing, and application into the physical world.
3. Moodukwon training from Grandmaster Hwan Ki I earned my first black belt from him in the 1940s.
4. Hounslow (developed into modern Hapkido)- joint manipulation from Grandmaster Chang In Mok. Grandmaster Chang has the same training and lineage as Grandmaster Choi Yong Sul...both brought what we know as Hapkido to Korea from Japan, except the Grandmaster Choi commercialized it and Grandmaster Chang did not. Grandmaster
Chang focused on oriental medicine and acupuncture... I learned my acupuncture and
pressure points from him.
5. Hapkido - our system - before I founded the World Chun Ki Association, I belonged to the Daehan Hapkido association and Kuk Sool Won Association. One of my best friends was Suh In Hyuk's older brother, and he asked me to help spread Kuk Sool Won in Seoul.
In the old days, you spread your martial arts by fighting the owner of the neighbourhood schools...then taking them over and changing the names and techniques. One school at a time, I went neighbourhood by neighbourhood, fighting school owners and taking over schools in the name of Kuk Sool Won.
Then I moved to the U.S. and after getting fed up with the politics of Daehan and Kuk Sool Won, I quit and founded our association.
Currently, I consider Grandmaster Daniel Walker my senior student and heir to my association. I consider my son Master Sam Choi as the holder of everything I know, because he has had the most exposure to me, my arts, and my philosophy.