U.S. Hapkido Association


Hapkido is very popular all over the world, but Wonkido and Wonkumdo were just created by Grandmaster Marshall Gagne.  He derived them and made his own style from Hankido and Hankumdo.  Hankido was originated from Aikido by the late Great Grandmaster Jae Nam Myong. 

Someone who practices Wonkido uses the martial art when they are rushed in a real fight, where the opponent is coming at you with full force.  You get out of the way of the on-coming force by turning in a circle, flowing like water and harmonizing your energy with theirs. 

Wonkido is a martial art; not a sport; it is not used for

one-on-one wrestling on a mat with a referee, like you see on TV.  Although all the principles would still apply, it is designed more for protection and practical self-defense situations. 

Most martial arts are for situations like this – an opponent rushing you, you use the element of surprise.  “It has happened to me in a real fight a few times and it works well.”

In a martial art, you are in competition with yourself to be a better person mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. 

The “Do” in the three martial arts means you are heading down a wide and easy road to self-improvement.

Grandmaster Gagne has over 55 years in the fighting arts, over 45 years in martial arts, and over 25 years pioneering these two new arts. 

Wonkido is a very sophisticated art with a lot of intricate subtleties, utilizing centrifugal force in order to place the attacker off balance.  Wonkido is extremely fascinating and scientific; it is the thinking man’s art.  One difference between Hapkido and Wonkido is that Hapkido is literally thousands of techniques. 

In the case of Wonkido, less is better because it focuses on the main twelve techniques.  Grandmaster Gagne mixes the two paradigms by doing Hapkido techniques more like Wonkido, by adapting more ways of doing each technique.  Unlike the art of Hapkido with so many techniques it is easier to learn and if you already know Hapkido it will open up a new world to you.

Originally, there were 24 moves, but Gagne has invented 24 more to reach new combinations and different self-defense ways to utilize them.  He teaches his students to use all the techniques if someone is grabbing you, attacking you with a punch or a kick, or even a weapon.  Grandmaster Gagne took on the new paradigm and put the old concepts into all three of his curriculums for Hapkido, Wonkido, and Wonkumdo.

Several Grandmasters in the history of martial arts favored going to a softer martial art as they got older.  Grandmaster Gagne says he likes Wonkido better instead of the static traditional Hapkido.  Wonkido requires more movement and spinning, and you can get a cardio workout at the same time.

If you are older or have an inquiry, you can still practice and move with precision doing all the hand and foot work.  If you are a younger, more physical person, you can break fall any time you choose.  Younger Wonkido practitioners go as fast as they can to make it as close to a real situation as they can.   

Wonkido and Wonkumdo are as deep as the ocean and grand as Mount Everest. They are balanced arts where all of the included movements are practiced equally on the right and left sides of the body to incorporate a full range of motion and to exercise the mind. The least amount of energy is used to create the maximum amount of force utilizing big circles and flowing movements otherwise known as the water theory and harmony. These three principles can be adapted into your everyday life to handle different situations.

Spinning Techniques in action

Grandmaster Gagne learned Hankido and Hankumdo directly from the late international Great Grandmaster Jae Nam Myong. These three arts are as deep and broad as the oceans and as grand as Mount Everest. Hankido is 12 offensive and 12 defensive spinning techniques where you try to use them as many ways as you can. There are an infinite number of ways, Hankido has no boundaries and can always be further developed.

Hankido is so graceful you can literally dance with it.

The late Kuk Sa Neem Myong Jae Nam, his son, now
President of the I.H.F. Sung Kang Myung and Mr. Lee.