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Hap-Ki-Do system Kim Sou Bong

Martial arts / self defense

My name is Gerhard Agrinz, I was born in Graz, Austria and have lived Hap-Ki-Do for almost 50 years. As a new author, I am happy to be able to work for this esteemed magazine. From this issue I will inform you about my work as a "style representative" and write technical, "System Kim Sou Bong" - specific treatises. In the current edition of Hapkido magazine, I would like to briefly introduce myself.

In 1971 I started hapkido training in Austria and was a personal master student of Grand Master Kim Sou Bong until his death on August 4, 2011.   Already in January 2011 I was personally appointed by Dojunim Kim Sou Bong as his official successor for his teaching system and was thus given the unrestricted technical management of the "HapKiDo teaching system Kim Sou Bong". At the same time, Dojunim Kim Sou Bong, me, has the rights to further develop the "TMR Instruction System" he developed and the "European HapKiDo Education Center" he founded, which is the central training facility for HapKiDo instructors, instructors and teachers - Transfer and continuation.

In the now almost five decades of studying HapKiDo, I have made significant and pioneering contributions to the "Kim Sou Bong teaching system". My goal as president of our organization "International HapKiDo Dan Federation" is to bring this special teaching system as well as the "TMR instruction system" closer to the world of Mudo and to establish it together with my HapKiDo friends worldwide.

In the following I present the “Hap-Ki-Do System Kim Sou Bong”

System-oriented development history:

The Kim Sou Bong system is one of several styles that have developed over the past few decades. Dojunim Kim Sou Bong came to Germany in the Ruhr area with a handful of Korean men in 1964. Among them were also some who had learned martial arts such as HapKiDo and Taekyon in Korea and whose aim was to continue their training here. At the beginning this took place in the circles of their compatriots in the basement of their accommodation. Some German miners who practiced judo in the sports club also learned of these practice hours. These German athletes now started taking lessons from Dojunim Kim Sou Bong; Initially in their accommodation, later in more suitable training rooms.

Due to the toughness and the military training style, the demand for students was limited. The failure rate due to injuries was also high. The HapkiDo master, who comes from Asia, was confronted with the European mentality and had to recognize that his teaching method, which he is used to from Asia, was not compatible with the European mentality. For Kim Sou Bong, this realization was the motivation for a “reorientation”. So he had to invent a new method that took into account the physical and psychological properties, especially health. These were the crucial points for the emergence of a new methodical and didactic approach. He introduced partnership-like manners that ensured injury-free training. So-called “control exercises” promote empathy, health and well-being of every individual.

In terms of techniques , Dojunim Kim Sou Bong initially taught a more traditional form, as he had learned. But over time, it turned out that many techniques were not applicable in reality. It became necessary to critically examine the functionality. Self-defense, or rather, “being able to defend yourself” requires working techniques and the absolute will to defend yourself.

It was therefore a matter of finding usable roadworthy solutions for real confrontations. In the HapKiDo system Kim Sou Bong, “technology” is understood to mean the entire process of a confrontation, ie starting from the initial situation of the mind, through the movement action, to complete control and assurance. The HapKiDo teaching system, Kim Sou Bong, developed into a realistic “weaponless self-defense ” and offers the best opportunities for successful defense. The repertoire of techniques is varied and very efficient . Harmonization and the use of force form the foundation, without the use of weapons , shows and “bells and whistles ”.

Under these premises Dojunim Kim Sou Bong, in the 80s, created his new teaching method, the “Kim Sou Bong teaching system”

The teaching system

The Kim Sou Bong teaching system was first published in his second book, in 1989.

This is divided into three types of education .

The technical form : It essentially contains the examination regulations
The moral form: This includes the mental and spiritual training of the student
The reality form: It includes the maintenance, evaluation and promotion of the techniques.

On the one hand, this refers to the "teaching" itself in terms of personal development and, on the other hand, to the possibility of using real, effective self-defense techniques.

The main focus is always on health, ie injury-free training. This is ensured by a specially developed communication control system.

The structured teaching system is based on the individuality of each individual student and requires the teacher to have extensive pedagogical knowledge. The development program is aimed exclusively at the person themselves and their condition and ability. The student will be picked up from where they are at the moment. The focus is on people and not technology!

The pupils primarily deal with the other person and communicate constantly with each other and thus experience the meaning, the purpose and the objective of the exercise or the technique. Through the special exercise elements and forms, the students learn how to handle the movement, recognize the functions, sense the pain limits and learn based on their own abilities to implement the techniques according to their own physical capabilities.

Features of the teaching system:

  1. Adaptable training methods for everyone
  2. Use of control forms
  3. Technical, moral and realistic form of education
  4. Self-defense can be used in the shortest possible time
  5. The creation of a moral basis for role model and personality.
  6. Sensible and goal-oriented technical teaching form through the systematically structured examination regulations
  7. Individual combination and variation possibilities of the technology of the teaching system
  8. Technical correctness in the implementation of the control forms
  9. Special leadership qualities of the teacher
  10. .........


Compared to traditional styles, the "application method" and the principle of self-defense will be taught in the Hap Ki Do System Kim Sou Bong, in which everyone develops and protects their personality according to their character.

Dojunim Kim Sou Bong has thus created a unique teaching system that preserves traditional techniques but adapted the method of learning and implementing them to the European mentality and real needs.

It is a “HapKiDo self-defense form” based on the martial arts philosophy with all its values and effectiveness. The moral conduct, the respect for life, forms the basis for the application of the self-defense action and thus defines the limit of the defense hardness. The HapKiDo martial art must not be used destructively.

For Dojunim Kim Sou Bong, it was always important and necessary that Hap-Ki-Do be developed further as a contemporary and living art of self-defense. My goal as a system successor is therefore aimed at promoting further development so that future generations, traditional, but above all, authentic self-defense techniques, can learn in a community of values and enjoy it a lot.

Gerhard Agrinz
Großmeister Gerhard Agrinz begann im Jahr 1971 mit dem Hap-Ki-Do-Training in Österreich und war persönlicher Meisterschüler von Großmeister Kim Sou Bong bis zu dessen Tod am 04.08.2011. Großmeister Gerhard Agrinz wurde im Jahr 2011 offiziell zum Nachfolger durch den koreanischen Großmeister Kim Sou Bong für das Hap-Ki-Do Lehrsystem Kim Sou Bong ernannt und hat somit weltweit die uneingeschränkte technische Leitung des Hap-Ki-Do Lehrsystem Kim Sou Bong übertragen bekommen. In diesem Zusammenhang hat Großmeister Gerhard Agrinz auch das von Großmeister Kim Sou Bong gegründete Europäische Hap-Ki-Do Bildungszentrum zur Weiterführung übernommen. Dieses Bildungszentrum stellt die zentrale Ausbildungsstätte für Hap-Ki-Do Übungsleiter, Instruktoren und Lehrmeister dar. Im Besonderen konzentriert sich das Bildungszentrum auf die Anwendung des von Großmeister Kim Sou Bong entwickelte TMR-Instruktionssystem zur Entwicklung der Selbstbehauptung. Dieses TMR-Lehrsystem ist ein eigenständiges Instruktionssystem, welches eine völlig neue Herangehensweise an die Ausbildung und Entwicklung von Personen im Bereich des Selbstverteidigungs- bzw. Kampfsports darstellt. In den nunmehr mehr als vier Jahrzehnten Hap-Ki-Do-Aktivität hat Großmeister Gerhard Agrinz signifikante und richtungsweisende Beiträge zum Hap-Ki-Do-Lehrsystem Kim Sou Bong geleistet. Sein Ziel ist es, das Hap-Ki-Do Lehrsystem Kim Sou Bong gemeinsam mit allen Hap-Ki-Do Meistern und Freunden in die Zukunft zu tragen und dieses einzigartige Lehrsystem weiter zu etablieren.