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Hap-Ki-Do Oh-Do-Kwan

The Hap-Ki-Do Oh-Do-Kwan was created by Klaus Schuhmacher
and officially introduced in Frankfurt Germany in the year 1984.

Klaus began to study HKD in 1975 under the supervision of
Grandmaster Song-Il-Hak, then continued his training in 1977
the father of Hapkido in Europe, Grandmaster Kim Sou Bong, 
who later taught him privately, and saw him like an adopted son.
Then Klaus trained as a closed door student with Grandmaster Yang/Yeung-Soo-Woo, who appointed him as his successor ! 
Additionally, he received further instruction from Grandmasters
Yu-Un-Son, and Young-Um-Kim, and other Hapkido experts.

To understand the origin of Oh-Do-Kwan-HKD you must first know


    Soke Klaus Schuhmacher has risen to 10th Degree ~ Dan Black Belt.
    He was not content with the way HKD had been taught, he saw mistakes in the methods, and progression of it's teachings. Soke Klaus Schuhmacher through many years careful study and a true mastery of HKD , developed
    a newer version of HKD, and in 1984 he officially introduced


    under the banner of the


    The main reason for the re-establishment of the name Oh-Do-Kwan
    (吾道館 ~ the school of my way or the fifth school) was to honor supreme
    Taekwondo Grandmaster Doju-Nim General Choi Hong Hi,
    whose Korean school was active from 1953 to 1974.

    Other reasons to choose the name” Oh-Do-Kwan “ were:

    A. As the 5th separate way of the lineage:

    1. Masayoshi Minamoto Sokaku Takeda
    2. Choi-Yong-Sool
    3. Ji Han Jae
    4. Myung Jae-Nam
    5. Klaus Schuhmacher

    B. To honor the instructors of 5 Hapkido Kwans,
    which Mr. Schuhmacher´s mainly learned from

    1. Il-Hak-Song
    2. Kim-Sou-Bong
    3. Yang-Seung Woo
    4. Yu-Un-Son
    5. Young-Um-Kim

    Klaus grouped all the techniques together Hap-Ki-Do
    teaches and put it in a system of 13. Dan levels,
    in which Soke Choi is the only 13th Dan holder forever.
    The two main reasons for the new systemation of the Dan ranks are:

      The ODK teaches the most complete educational HKD system with the
      most techniques in the world, with testing requirements up to 10th Dan. 

      Just to compare:

        Soke Choi´s curriculum required only to perform 26
          techniques for the 1st Dan rank, but O.D.K.H.K.D. nearly 200 !

          Today Black Belts had become so easy to earn that they were devalued.

          The use of high ranks up to i.e. 20th Dan (Master rank)
          was common in ancient Korea, and Japan, but not used
          for the last 90 years. Here some Grandmasters who came
          again up with this old traditional ranking system:

          Soke Masaaki Hatsumi (16th Dan Nin-Jitsu)
          Grandmaster Cacoy Canete (12. Dan Modern Eskrima)
          Grandmaster In Suk Pak (12th Dan Tae Keuk-Do)
          Prof. Gilberto Pauciullo (11th Duan Kung-Fu)
          Grand Guru Jose G. Mena (12th Dan Philippine Arnis)
          Prof. Olohe Kolomona Solomon Kaihewalu (12th Dan Lua)
          Soke Jiro Saito (12th Dan Budo Tai Ryu Bujutsu/Nin-Jutsu/Kobudo)
          Dai Soke Jagdish Singh Khatri (12th Dan Budo Nin-Jutsu/Khukuri)
          Shihan Jose Augusto da Silva Costa(12th Dan Karate Gojitsu-Ryu)
          Grandmaster Nes Fernandez (12th Dan Philippine Kali-Arnis-Escrima)
          Shodai-Soke Joseph M. Victory Jr.(12th Dan Ju-Jitsu)
          Dr. William Chow (15th Dan Kempo)
          Dr. Anton Tariba (12th Dan Taikido Martial Arts)
          Great Grandmaster Fred Villari (15th Dan Shaolin Kempo Karate)
          Grandmaster Bok Man Kim's "Chun Kuhn Do" System, up to 11th Dan

          With Oh-Do-Kwan Hap-Ki-Do everything you learn as a beginner is used extensively even in the Grandmaster level. Soke Schuhmacher did not stop there, he has even employed modern educational teaching/learning techniques and principles /philosophies on several street-fighting skills.
          He has thrown away some of the useless techniques that have been incorrectly passed on from several Hap-Ki-Do instructors were not learned the full art and/or understand the today's realistic self defense applications.

          After teaching Hap-Ki-Do worldwide since 1978, Grandmaster Schuhmacher again meets always high ranking Hap-Ki-Do instructors were don´t know most of the higher level principles, and techniques of this system. They also so often doing tremendous mistakes in apply locks & throws. The O.D.K. is open to everybody and tries to help these people, to understand and learn this techniques correct, realistic and in the way, and mind of Soke Choi.

          Currently only the follow individuals are certified
          Black Belts in Oh-Do-Kwan-Hap-Ki-Do:

          Grandmaster Emil Gruber (Germany) 7th Dan
          Grandmaster Norbert Englich (Germany) 7th Dan
          Guido Topfer (Germany) 3rd Dan
          Dr. Josef Iglhaut (Yemen) 2nd Dan
          Michael de Fillipo (Puerto Rico) 1st Dan
          Dr. Nigel May (Australia) 1st Dan

          Host a seminar at your school, with Grandmaster Schuhmacher!!



          Since its inception, it has evolved into an Interactive, Multi-media Program, international in scope. In the vast majority of Martial Arts schools the tests for promotion come when the head instructor says so. But what happens if you feel you're just a few weeks away from being ready? Either you're forced to take the test at that time and possibly fail or you're left behind and have to wait until the next test, which could be months away. Somehow that just never seemed fair, so KLAUS SCHUHMACHER`S OH-DO-KWAN- HAP-KI-DO leaves it up to the student. It doesn't matter if the test is being taken in person or on DVD. When you're ready to do it, we re ready to judge it. Another problem with most tests is that they are given in mass. There are usually from ten to twenty students taking it at the same time. There's no way to truly evaluate each performance. And there's no way to make corrections. With KLAUS SCHUHMACHER`S OH-DO-KWAN- HAP-KI-DO each test is conducted on an individual basis, so a far greater degree of personal attention is given to each student. Even more so on DVD than in person. In person, the test is evaluated as the student performs it and the corrections made as errors occur. True, the student is aware of his or her mistakes and can work on correcting them but sometimes it's difficult to remember all of them and you don't have anything to refer back to. With a DVD test, the student's performance is first evaluated. A custom printed form is filled out, detailing the errors to be discussed. Then we record a private lesson on a DVD at the end of your test concerning your errors and exactly how to remedy them. The duration of the lesson depends upon how many mistakes we have to correct. The average runs twenty to thirty minutes. The beauties of this system being that you do not have to absorb all the corrections at one time. Once again, you'll do it at your own pace and on your own time.

          1) All rank and dates of promotion will be recorded,
          and kept on file in the computer and on hard copy at the
          H.K.D.O.D.K.W. International Headquarters.

          2) Rank verification may be obtained by any member concerning
          themselves or any other member or non-member upon written request.
          A small fee for processing will be assessed.

          3) The verification of rank will also include the standing of the individual. (Qualifying or Certified rank, Good Standing, Not Good Standing*)

          Generally speaking, the further a system gets from the source, the more distorted it becomes. By the time a technique is passed from person
          to person enough times, very often it's changed beyond recognition.
          The only saving grace is that sometimes, the changes are
          verifiably for the better. Occasionally, during its travels, someone
          has stopped to better analyse it and actually improve upon it.
          Unfortunately, most of the time the opposite is true.
          A correction on DVD can be repeated until the student fully
          understands it. It may take longer but there is no pressure on the
          student to get-it-or-else and there is no pressure on the instructor to make him or her get it, or be left behind. Each test is handled individually.
          In most Schools of Martial Arts, regardless of style or system the tests are held in mass. How many students can you evaluate at once?
          Because of the proven results, we even require our in-house students
          to DVD test. When a DVD test is received, the performance is analysed, move-by-move. Putting the tape on pause, we make notes and recommendations on a specially prepared form.
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