Eagle Talon Martial Arts 2985 Union Ave., San Jose, CA 95124
Q: At what age can one start learning Hapkido? A: Anyone over the age of five can start learning Hapkido skills.
Q: What kind of equipment do I need to buy in order to start Hapkido lessons? A: Unlike other martial arts or martial sports, there's no sparring involved so no need to buy expensive gears. The only thing you need is a set of uniform.
Q: How come you guys don't allow sparring? A: Hapkido is not a sport and cannot be modified nor regulated to be one. There are no competitions, tournaments or championship.
Q: How long is each lesson? A: Our lessons are one hour in duration. In addition to our regular scheduled sessions, students can book one-on-one private lessons. View Class Schedule
Q: If Hapkido is so good, then why haven't I heard of it? A: Hapkido is a "hidden" martial art because many people have never even heard of it - let alone know what it is. Instead of just seeing the techniques in movies (i.e. in Steven Seagal's movies, but his martial art style is the Japanese Aikido - a close "cousin" of Hapkido) or in demonstrations, we want to give people the chance to "feel" and experience the awesome power of Hapkido for themselves.
Q: How is Hapkido different from other martial arts or martial sports? A: Hapkido is considered by many to be the "best of the best" because it incorporates the best skills from a wide range of other martial arts (see comparison)
Q: How long does it take to get a Black-Belt in Hapkido? A: It depends on how much time and energy you are willing to dedicate to it. The more you practice, the faster you will achieve your goals and advance to the next BELT LEVEL. Remember, our focus is your personal health and effective self-defense skills. One can easily advance from one belt level onto the next in a matter of months. But if your goal is to show off your skills and to impress your friends, then perhaps Hakido is not right for you.
Q: If belts are not important, then why have them at all? A: We use colored belts to indicate and acknowledge each student's level of skill. From beginning to advanced, the five belt levels are white, blue, green, red, and black. We extend the same courtesy to all students, regardless of rank. When we line up in class, we line up in order of rank. Typically, this is the only emphasis we place on rank.