Most of you have likely heard of or driven past the National Hapkido Center (NHC), located in the shopping center on the corner of Katella and Los Al Blvd, but you likely do not know the meaningful role NHC has played in the lives of my family.
Eddie was the first member of the family to join NHC in Middle School. He had gotten sucker punched at Junior Lifeguards and wanted to learn to kick some butt. He did learn how to defend himself, but he never expected the lessons NHC would teach him regarding respect, discipline, and self-control. It truly was the beginning of him growing into the gentleman he is today.
After a year, Eddie encouraged me to join Hapkido because he thought I would enjoy martial arts as well – he was spot on. We both worked hard to learn the extensive curriculum and conditioned our minds and bodies. In 2008, the hard work paid off and Eddie got his black belt. I got mine a year later, in 2009.
After all the years on the sideline, Alyson decided to try kickboxing with me in 2010. Like Eddie and me, she was hooked. We trained for 5 years, and, in 2015, we both got our kickboxing black belts. We continue to attend weekly kickboxing classes together to this day.
So What Is Hapkido?
Hapkido is a highly eclectic Korean martial art. It is a form of self-defense containing both long- and close-range fighting techniques. Hapkido emphasizes circular motion, redirection of force, and control of the opponent. Practitioners seek to gain advantage through footwork and body positioning to incorporate the use of leverage, avoiding the use of strength against strength.
Why NHC and What Do They Offer?
NHC is our extended family in and out of the center. Master Louis Kim is an amazing leader and helped us all to enrich our lives. NHC offers Martial Arts, Taebo, and Kickboxing, which are all explained below:
Martial Arts: focused on teaching students self-defense while emphasizing fitness, health, and safety
- Teen & Adult: a healthy, fat-burning workout that utilizes both your mind and body to increase your energy, discipline, and fitness for a longer, happier life.
- Children: Available for ages 4-14, NHC has been teaching children for more than 18 years in Los Alamitos.
Taebo (Aerobic Cardio): combines martial arts and aerial kickboxing to give you a total body workout while challenging your mind and will
Kickboxing: a great fat burning exercise that will help you get in shape while teaching self-defense
We encourage everyone to come join Alyson and me for a workout of Taebo or Kickboxing. If you are interested, give NHC a call at (562) 430-5263 for a free trial! You can also check out their website www.nhcfitness.com and see if you notice a familiar face in the Adult Martial Arts section 😉