Hapkido - “the way of coordinated power

    Hapkido is the primary art taught at the Aero Academy.  
    Hapkido is an eclectic Korean martial art developed after
    World War II by Yong Sool Choi, Ji Han Jae and others that
    has its roots in Japanese Daito Ryu Aikijujitsu.  Hapkido is a
    comprehensive martial art that includes a wide variety of
    techniques including strikes, kicks, joint manipulations,
    throws and the use of pressure points.  Learning how to fall
    safely is a major part of Hapkido training and beginning
    students spend a lot of time learning how to properly
    execute various breakfalls.   

    The literal translation of Hapkido is “coordinated (Hap) /
    power (Ki) / way (Do)” or “the way of coordinated power”.  
    Hapkido's goal is to use an opponent's force against them
    by redirecting an attack using circular motion and then to
    counter the attack with an armbar, joint lock, throw or
    other submission technique.  Similar to other arts (e.g.,
    Aikido, Judo and Jujitsu) that share this same philosophy of
    non-resistance and yielding to an attack, Hapkido relies on
    the principles of leverage and  off-balancing to enable a
    smaller person to successfully defend themselves against a
    larger person.  

    Hapkido differs from Aikido, Judo and Jujitsu, because it
    also contains a wide variety of kicking techniques found in
    other Korean arts such as Tae Kwon Do and Tang Soo Do.  
    While many of the advanced kicks taught in Hapkido may
    not be practical for most self-defense situations, students
    find them challenging and fun.  These advanced kicks also
    help improve a student's balance, coordination, flexibility,
    speed, strength and overall athleticism.

    While Hapkido provides students a solid base in a variety of
    martial art skills, it is known primarily for its effective joint
    locks and its focus on practical self-defense techniques used
    to escape from such common attacks as hair grabs, bear
    hugs, tackles, wrist grabs, etc.  Hapkido does not require
    learning forms or kata.     

                          Judo - “the gentle way

    Judo is a Japanese martial art and Olympic sport that
    focuses primarily on throwing techniques and ground
    grappling.  Judo was developed by Jigoro Kano in the 1880s
    based upon techniques from various styles of Jujitsu that he
    learned.  Kano’s goal was to include in Judo only throws,
    joint locks and chokes that could be practiced safely at full
    speed, and that could be used in sparring (randori).  Today,
    there are over 67 throws in Judo, however, many of them
    were developed for use in competitions and are not
    practical for self-defense.  The Aero Academy focuses on a
    small subset of Judo throws and sweeps that are easy to
    perform and can be used effectively in a wide variety of
    self-defense situations.

    Although Hapkido already includes throws in its repertoire
    of self-defense techniques, we incorporate several throws
    and training methods specific to Judo (e.g., fit-ins, randori,
    exercises, etc.) into our curriculum to help us further  
    improve our throwing skills.  These Judo training methods
    are essential because they isolate and emphasize the
    principles of off-balancing, entry and execution which are
    necessary for an effortless and effective throw, sweep or

                         Jujitsu - “the gentle art

    As discussed above, Hapkido developed from a form of
    Jujitsu so many of the joint locks, armbars and other joint
    manipulation techniques used in Hapkido are similar to
    those found in the various styles of Japanese Jujitsu.  

    Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is a style of Jujitsu founded in the
    early 1900s and popularized in the U.S. by Royce Gracie
    and the Gracie family through mixed martial arts
    competitions like the Ultimate Fighting Championship
    (UFC).  BJJ focuses on the ground fighting techniques found
    in Judo and Jujitsu.  BJJ's strategy is to avoid an attacker's
    strikes and kicks by clinching and controlling the opponent,
    taking them to the ground, and then executing a finishing
    technique to end the altercation.

    The Aero Academy curriculum incorporates the basic
    ground fighting techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu such as
    armbars, armlocks, chokes, pinning techniques, sweeps
    and leg locks.  These techniques will better prepare
    students for handling a situation that ends up on the
    ground, especially when a person finds themselves
    underneath a bigger and stronger opponent.  Students
    learn how to escape from a pinned position by using the
    principles of leverage and off-balancing and also learn how
    to maneuver into a better position where they can control
    the attack and apply a joint lock, choke or other submission
    The benefits of the ground fighting techniques and training
    philosophy of BJJ (and Judo) is that students can safely spar
    at full speed using joint locks, chokes and other submission
    techniques.  Practicing these types of techniques in stand-
    up sparring is too dangerous because the receiver of the
    technique can move around while it is being applied and
    injure themselves.  However, on the ground, the student
    can control their partner before applying the technique,
    thereby allowing the receiver to tap out without injury.  

    The basic techniques of BJJ we incorporate blend nicely
    with Hapkido because the techniques of the two arts are
    based on the same principles and many of the ground
    fighting techniques of BJJ are similar to the Hapkido joint
    locks and other techniques students learn to use from a
    standing situation.  


    The Aero Academy curriculum incorporates basic boxing
    and kickboxing combinations, footwork and other
    techniques to help increase our students’ striking and
    kicking skills.  Students practice these combinations with a
    partner holding focus pads to help develop their timing,
    fluidity, speed and power.  Focus pad drills also help a
    student learn how to put the power of their entire body
    behind each strike and kick by emphasizing the use of
    proper body mechanics and body rotation.  

    Students practice controlled sparring to improve footwork,
    timing and distancing.  We do not do full contact sparring.
Flying Side Kick
Thai Pad Kickboxing Combinations
Bent Arm Shoulder Lock
Armpit Armbar
Triangle Choke

Our curriculum is designed to create a well-rounded martial

artist and includes techniques from the following martial art styles:
Ankle Lock
Knee Lifting Throw
Cross Body Armbar

Aero Academy of Martial Arts
12610 Harris Street  |  Carleton, MI  48117
Located on the first floor inside Sherry's Academy of Dance

ph:  734.244.6687