The HapKiDo coming from Korea had always been a traditional form of martial arts with effective techniques. The best and most beautiful techniques, which were used in combat situations, require a controlled execution in order to be effective. This control requires an intensive and technical study over years.
The unilateral focus of HapKiDo only on techniques required a transformation process.
Long-term training for the perfect control of techniques could not remain solely basis for real-life self-defence. Requested was the consideration of physical and mental strengths and weaknesses of every single student.
HapKiDo in transformation process does not mean a dissociation from traditions. It means an enrichment of the traditions with experiences.
Why should the factor, that represents life – the polarizing unit of “being” and “moving” (tradition and experiences) – not have a validity for self-defence. The transformation process of HapKiDo guarantees the vitality of the traditional teaching.
The experiences showed that it is necessary to use the physical and mental individuality of each student. The fundament of a real-life self-defence is operational readiness, motivation and personality of the student. It is not possible to reach this goal with uniform, inflexible training methods.
Logical consequence was to create an instruction system, which answers the requirements of the modern zeitgeist. Dojunim Kim Sou Bong did so and developed his specific “HapKiDo teaching system Kim Sou Bong” and the “TMR system”.