Today I added further content at Blue and High Blue. I am also working hard to get video edited for Red and High Red. We are close folks to first dan in our filming and I am feeling very excited. For those of you who have been patiently waiting for this content I can only say thank you!
When I began building Hapkido Online in the fall of 2012 (has it been that long) I thought it might take me about a year to get all the content uploaded to first dan. Now we are nearly upon 2014 and I am still working away at it.
In the doing of this project I have learned as a martial artist and a teacher many things. I've been forced to dissect each move again and again and then find ways to teach the material to a student that may indeed be many hundreds and sometimes even thousands of miles away. The man who types these words has grown a great deal from the man that began the project.
Hapkido Online will never be finished. For like life itself, it's about the journey not the destination. So long as I draw breath I will continually be refining our content, making it better and easier to learn. I will continually be exploring the limits of our latest technologies in a quest to bring the students the best possible learning experience. I have been on this journey of martial exploration for over two decades and I am on it still.
How do we convert a person right off the street with no prior training into a skilled martial artist? It's difficult. It's a serious commitment of time and effort not only from the student but also the teacher. We teachers may work with hundreds if not thousands of students and only a happy few will actually become skilled martial artists. Most people find that the commitment of time and effort is far too great and they drift on to other interests. With odds like these one might ask, why bother at all.
If you have ever been violently attacked, the truth becomes clear. To feel helpless in the face of pregnant hate and aggression. To feel your heart beating violently in your chest as if it were a runaway stampede fleeing from fear. To feel as if your life is about to end, that you may never see another day. It's the most wretched of feelings. It's a feeling that I would choose to protect others from ever having to feel.
As a martial artist we are not exempt from fear. When we get attacked we feel fear, it's natural, it's normal, it's human. BUT we don't feel helpless, for we ARE not helpless. We can fight and we can prevail! This is why I teach and this is why I believe it's so important to learn. Having been attacked myself on several occasions I know how it feels. I know how it felt before I learned martial arts and I know how it felt after learning martial arts. It's the difference between real security and living in fear.
I challenge you all, tell a friend about Hapkido Online, spread the word. We have a great program, we are doing it for the right reasons, and it's only going to get better.
Teacher and Hapkido Online Developer.