The emblem on the cover, which is the symbol of the World Hapkido Federation, is well remembered and has been proudly worn by Hapkido practitioners since the beginning of the modern Hapkido period. From August, 1967, until recently, the Eagle has been used as a symbol of Hapkido. The members of the World Hapkido Federation, however, have now adopted the traditional and original Hapkido emblem as the official symbol of Hapkido.
This symbol, although modernized somewhat in design, still embodies the theory, true principles and philosophy of Hapkido, based on ancient and traditional oriental teachings.
- The outer circle has been adopted from the oriental philosophy that a large circle represents the universe and a small circle represents man or mind.
- The globe represents the constant growth and development of Hapkido and the WorldHapkido Federation.
- The arrowhead shaped symbols, which cannot be found in any other martial arts emblem, face diagonally from opposite sides to signify the hand position and technique frequently applied in Hapkido. Philosophically, these two arrowhead shapes symbolize the opposing principles of positive and negative or Uom and Yeang. These arrowhead symbols can also be interpreted as “Κi”.
Thus, the emblem radiates all the meanings and traditions of Hapkido, with its principles and truths. We hope this will be a welcome representative symbol of the spirit of Hapkido.