Early in your training you will begin the process of learning the basics of Hapkido. This will include fundamental movement, technical skills, and general philosophy.
At its core Hapkido is about learning to defend yourself. Our school teaches the traditional unarmed system of self defense and nearly all of the class exercises are devoted to this purpose. At Tillman Hapkido Academy, we do not teach patterns or “katas”, we do not point spar, and we do not break boards. What you will learn are the principles and techniques of this simple yet very effective system of self defense. Students will be exposed early to our school principles and taught to make them a part of their weekly training. Just as the technical skills need to be developed through your training, so to will these principles help you to become a better fighter. For further information on our school principles and proper class etiquette, please click on the links or contact us at anytime.
Master Jeremy Tillman
5th Dahn Hapkido
Early in your training you will begin the process of learning the basics of Hapkido. This will include fundamental movement, technical skills, and general philosophy. With regular practice and training, movements will become easier and more natural, you will become stronger with better focus and confidence. These things are attained through commitment, perserverence, and effort.
All of our staff, instructors, and senior students are here to support you through this process. We practice together as a team to educate, help, and encourage each other to be at our best.
We welcome you to be part of this team in the spirit of personal growth and development.
Thank you for your interest in Tillman Hapkido Academy.
Always Show Respect and Courtesy
Students must demonstrate proper consideration for instructors and fellow students at all times. The most basic way to demonstrate this respect is to bow to each other before and after an exercise. Students should value the time spent with others, respect their views, and show courtesy both on and off the training mat.
Train with your Body and Mind
Both your body and your mind need to be active during training. There are obvious signs of our body being physically active, such as an increased heart rate, sweat on the brow, and heavy breathing. Likewise the mind needs to be engaged to get the most out of class. These signs include proper focus, concentration, and application. The result is a greater feeling of accomplishment and progress when both head and heart are used!
Always Be a Student
It does not matter if you are a new to Hapkido or have been practicing martial arts for many years, there is always something more to learn. The astute student will observe the technique, listen to feedback, and practice the principles that have been taught. One of the reasons we bow to each other is because our training partner has helped us to understand something more about ourselves – what is possible, a change for the better, or a new perspective. Demonstrating humility by showing a willingness to learn, regardless of rank or experience, is an important factor to continuous improvement.
Every student must display a strong sense of perseverance to earn a black belt. In most cases, there are specific steps that must be followed to master a level. Learning a technique completely takes time, patience, and practice.
Over time students will be expected to evaluate their technical skills, attitude, work ethic, and respect for others. There are many questions to ask yourself that will lead to greater understanding. Questions like “Is this technique practical for me?”, “Does it work the same on different people?”, or “What limits do I have and how can I overcome them?”
Lead a Martial Artist’s Life
Martial arts is not just about getting in some exercise or leaning a few interesting movements. Moreover, a Hapkido’ist does not practice the school principles only during class. Instead a Hapkido’ist applies what he/she has learning to everyday situations. This entails leading a healthy lifestyle with proper exercise, diet, and social interaction; demonstrating self-discipline, accepting new challenges, serving your community, and mediates regularly. Set goals in other aspects of your life – school, work, friends, and family – and celebrate small wins.
Bow whenever you enter or leave the training hall
If arriving late, you should perform mediation on your own before joining class.
Your uniform should be clean and pressed with the Hapkido patch attached to the jacket. The school t-shirt should be worn at every class.
The class instructor should be addressed as “instructor” or “sir/mame”.
Horseplay or distracting/loud conversations in the dojang are not acceptable.
Do not demonstrate or teach Hapkido outside of the school without explicit permission of the instructor.
Each student is a member of our family. Please let us know if you are ill, going on vacation, or will be absent for an extended period.
Rings with elevated gemstones, hoop earrings, necklaces, watches, and bracelets should not be worn.
If you need to leave class early, ask the instructor for permission to leave and bow to the school before exiting.
Do not attempt to practice techniques you have not been shown directly by your instructor.
All classes take place at the Renfrew Aquatic & Recreation Centre. Registration in the Hapkido program gives you access to the gym, weight room, lockers, change room and pool. For more info and direction to our facility please click below.