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Combat Hapkido

In the words of combat hapkido founder John Pellegrini, “I have merely structured a new self-defense system based on sound scientific principles and modern concepts. For this reason, combat hapkido is also referred to as the ‘Science of Self-Defense.’ Combat hapkido is a new interpretation and application of a selected body of hapkido techniques, with the word “combat” added to distinguish this system from traditional hapkido styles and to identify its focus as self-defense.”

Also known in Korean as chon-tu kwan hapkido, John Pellegrini’s modernized system of hapkido absorbs useful features from boxing, kuntao silat (a fighting style created by Chinese martial artists living in Southeast Asia), jiu-jitsu and Bruce Lee’s ubiquitous jeet kune do. Combat hapkido also features pressure-point attacks, weapon disarms, throws, joint locks, trapping, choking and dan bong (short stick) techniques.

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  1. Combat-Hapkido Techniques Video: John Pellegrini Demonstrates Self-Defense Moves Against a Throat Grab

    Combat-Hapkido Techniques Video: John Pellegrini Demonstrates Self-Defense Moves Against a Throat Grab

    Black Belt Hall of Fame member John Pellegrini demonstrates combat hapkido techniques for stopping a choke in its tracks in this exclusive martial arts video!
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  2. Combat-Hapkido Self-Defense Moves by John Pellegrini: Neutralize Any Threat!

    Combat-Hapkido Self-Defense Moves by John Pellegrini: Neutralize Any Threat!

    “Forget the fancy high kicks, lose the forms and stop wasting time with healing, meditation and breathing exercises or outdated traditional weapons training. It’s time for people to get down to business so they can learn to protect themselves. They must forgo the stuff that is not connected to self-defense.”

    So
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  3. Combat Hapkido’s John Pellegrini on Women’s Self-Defense, MMA and Military Training

    Combat Hapkido’s John Pellegrini on Women’s Self-Defense, MMA and Military Training

    To help us learn more about traditional training in a modern world, our friend GK Zachary from AdultMartialArtist.com sat down with combat-hapkido founder John Pellegrini.

    Pellegrini’s been inducted in more than 20 martial arts halls of fame and has been on the cover of 17 self-defense magazines, including our own. Why?
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  4. Combat-Hapkido Weapon Disarms With John Pellegrini

    Combat-Hapkido Weapon Disarms With John Pellegrini

    Combat-hapkido creator and Black Belt Hall of Fame member John Pellegrini is one of the world’s leading authorities on hand-to-hand combat. In this video, he demonstrates the combat-hapkido method for weapon disarms!


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  5. Combat-Hapkido Defense Against a Lunge

    Combat-Hapkido Defense Against a Lunge

    Combat-hapkido creator and Black Belt Hall of Fame member John Pellegrini is one of the world’s leading authorities on hand-to-hand combat. In this video, he demonstrates the combat-hapkido method for defending against a lunge!


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  6. Combat Hapkido’s John Pellegrini: 2004 Black Belt Hall of Fame Instructor of the Year

    Combat Hapkido’s John Pellegrini: 2004 Black Belt Hall of Fame Instructor of the Year

    Brandon, Florida-based John Pellegrini is one of the world’s leading authorities on hand-to-hand combat. He recently reached a milestone by celebrating his 40th year of martial arts training. He’s built a track record teaching a wide range of people to defend themselves, including citizens with no training, experienced martial arts
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  7. John Pellegrini’s Combat Hapkido Invades U.S. Military Training

    John Pellegrini’s Combat Hapkido Invades U.S. Military Training

    In 2004 John Pellegrini was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame as Instructor of the Year. Since then, it’s been tough to get in touch with him because his art, combat hapkido, has become one of the most sought-after systems in the world. That means the master is
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  8. Learn Three Tricky Combat Hapkido Techniques From John Pellegrini

    Learn Three Tricky Combat Hapkido Techniques From John Pellegrini

    Combat hapkido is unique in that it straddles the line between the ancient and the modern. As the word “hapkido” implies, combat hapkido has roots in old-time Korea. But the addition of “combat” indicates that it’s been modified and updated to better address the needs of reality-based self-defense practitioners. So
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