Chon Sul Kwan is the actual Korean identity of our style "Tactical Hapkido". The Chon Sul Kwan system of Hapkido was created by American Grandmaster Barry Rodemaker in 2001 and is derived from earlier styles of Hapkido. Chon Sul Kwan is officially registered and accredited with the World Korean Martial Arts Union.
Chon Sul Kwan emphasizes practical real world defense. One thing that set's Chon Sul Kwan apart is that the techniques are named instead of numbered and is taught in a very systematic order that makes it much easier to learn than various other types of Hapkido. Each subsequent belt rank builds on knowledge learned in the previous belt.
"Tactical Hapkido is a conceptually driven, systematic approach to the way of coordinating energy in a tactical training environment." -- Grandmaster Rodemaker
The path of instruction in Chon Sul Kwan is based around the geometry of attacker in relation to the defender and explores every practical Hapkido technique for each subsequent geometrical relation. Like other kinds of Hapkido, Chon Sul Kwan has kicks, punches, joint manipulation, and nerve attacks. This style of Hapkido focuses on lower kicks than some and is considered very friendly to older martial artists and/or people that suffer from physical disabilities.
Another defining trait of Chon Sul Kwan it is a Christian Ministry Outreach program and is often taught in churches of many different denominations all over the world. As it is primarily a ministry, Chon Sul Kwan typically has much lower fees and is generally less expensive to learn and teach than other types of Hapkido.
While Chon Sul Kwan is one of the newest Hapkido systems it is founded on very solid traditional Hapkido and has devotees throughout the United States and is gaining popularity worldwide.
OUR STORY Defenders of Faith Martial Arts
Defenders of Faith Martial Arts is a Christian based school that is a continuation of More Than Conquerors Martial Arts (MTC). MTC was started over 8 years ago, in September 2010, as a Christian based Martial Arts School to provide practical self-defense for everyone.
The founder/owner of MTC, Master Chuck Edwards, has retired, and chose to maintain the More Than Conquerors name for future private instruction. MTC co-owner Master Dawn Holben, has chosen to take a needed break, hopefully, to return in the near future to resume her position as lead Instructor and be involved in the testing of students for belt promotions.
To continue the legacy and mission of MTC, in providing practical self-defense to everyone, Defenders of Faith Martial Arts evolved.
Our school teaches the martial arts of Taekwondo and Chon Sul Kwan Tactical Hapkido. We will also, in the near future, continue the Women’s Conflict Continuum, teaching practical defense techniques for women on how to protect themselves from a random attack.
We retained the current student body, which includes students ranging from 6 – 70 years of age. Some with physical limitations, which do not stop them from learning these skills.
Our goal is to continue to grow the school and provide Christian based practical self - defense martial arts, thru the art of both Taekwondo and Tactical Hapkido.