The W.I.H.K.D.F. was the first international non-profit friendship
organization for all systems / schools of Hapkido !
The following information has been compiled to answer many
of your questions about the W.I.H.K.D.F., and to help explain
affiliation procedures and how membership in the Federation
can benefit individuals, instructors, and dojangs (schools).
If you have any further questions after reading the affiliation information please
feel free to contact our International Headquarters for additional information.
What is the W.I.H.K.D.F. ?
The W.I.H.K.D.F. is an international organization to promote
Hap-Ki-Do world-wide without any politics and /or problems.
The W.I.H.K.D.F. was founded in 1987 by one of the highest
in the world, recognized in Korea, and
the U.S.A., to hold Grandmaster ranks in several different
martial arts at the same time, Chong-Sa-Nim Klaus Schuhmacher.
One of the reasons why the W.I.H.K.D.F. was formed, is to show
a positive example against the current negative
trends in the global
Hap-Ki-Do community such as bickering between
schools, and organizations, general mudslinging, and elitist ways of thinking.
These things first started after Hap-Ki-Do was created by
Grandpatriarch Choi-Yong-Sool, by some of his students,
but we here see no need to perpetuate them.
If you wish to pursue your individual Hap-Ki-Do training,
and self-betterment without falling prey to the kind of
rampant idiocy we speak of,
then you're at the right place.
In the past, many fighters reached incredible
levels of skill
without ever attending a formal school...today, no such student
is taken seriously unless he has studied a long time under one
In fact, in history many great martial arts masters
moved from instructor to instructor,
learned what they could use, and
then finding a new instructor. In the structure of the Hap-Ki-Do
and schools today, such a thing is unheard of.
The W.I.H.K.D.F. doesn't care what Dan level you hold. That's not what we're about.
What we are about is the exchange of original techniques, informations and ideas
for the common good of Hap-Ki-Do practitioners everywhere. Feel free to share your observations and experiences.
Ask questions. As Hap-Ki-Do practitioners,
we are supposed
to be one international community. Let's act like one.
Another main point is the further education and caretaking
of already existing H.K.D. groups, schools and organizations.
The W.I.H.D.K.F. ™ consisting of Individuals, Instructors, and Masters,
dedicated to the education, and unification of those who wish to learn,
teach, and advance in rank in Hap-Ki-Do.
The W.I.H.D.K.F. Constitution and By-Laws explains in detail the W.I.H.D.K.F. 's policies and procedures for Registering Students, Testing Students, Submitting Applications for Promotion, Rank Requirements, and much more.