Hapkido Curriculum Resistance Flow Drill




This is a flow drill that I’ve been using lately to work against a resisting opponent in a fighting stance. It is great for learning non-resistance as well as improving …

27 thoughts on “Hapkido Curriculum Resistance Flow Drill

  1. AZ Battle School says:

    why grab the chin with the back of your hand, seems it would make a good handle. the lock side- arms can be unpredictable levers, thats why wrestling and BJJ looks for body control ASAP(UFC dosnt do many joint lock take downs) peoples reaction to a limb grab 1) they snatch it back to their core2) they isometricaly tense up3) they off balance you by driving forward- this is what an untrained person will also do to throw a monkey wrench into our game!we found that raining for these scenarios helps

  2. Josh Cather says:

    @ironmikenorton Thank you! It was quite a journey to get to this point in my training and teaching. I have found that since I've started doing things this way my students have picked up these aspects of Hapkido faster.

  3. Iron Mike Norton says:

    Another great video Josh…highlights the importance of adaptability and setting up your techniques…i.e. using strikes to set up submissions, or submission attempts open up opportunities for other submissions.

  4. Leah Richard says:

    @HapkidoJosh yes im that way but im a verry nice and respectfull person but if the time comes to that bad corner then ide yous all i have to win at all cost but by nature im the worlds niceist person. heading to check out thos vids and thanks for replying to my post

  5. Josh Cather says:

    @hapkidolance I do have a few sparring vids up. 2 on 1: v=w9hjL0onxnU Attacker Defender: v=G4Y60DIGA9I GroundFighting: v=SY39j7nWuGE. I understand what you are saying. There may be a bit of a language barrier. Just because we practice to switch direction when it suits doesn't mean that we are nice to our opponent. Every situation is different and your level of force will need to match the situation. But I get the feeling you are one of those judged by 12 rather than carried by 6 types.

  6. Leah Richard says:

    @HapkidoJosh yeah for law it isint a good idea but i train to win and not to lose ide rather smash sombody into shreads instead of being nice to them cus if your nice youl lose main reason is ide rather destroy my enmy than let them destroy me are my famly tho thear are times to play nice but never when your life is at risk if you know what i mean and thank you for the vids. if its not to much work can you post a sparing vid ide like to see how you guys work in sparing

  7. Leah Richard says:

    @HapkidoJosh yes but i only yous them to get off the groundbut i do know that they work i agree that it can be hard to yous them aswell and this vid is realy good thanks for posting

  8. Josh Cather says:

    @hapkidolance I am aware of using wristlocks on the ground. They are not as easy to pull off while being mounted by someone with experience though. You don't have much leverage from mount. Have you sparred using these techniques on the ground?

  9. Josh Cather says:

    @hapkidolance Which is fine and something that we also do. You have a choice depending on your experience if you can keep trying for the same technique or switch to something else. Usually though when you switch to something else it is easier because the opponent is already defending in that direction. This is using the non-resistance theory. Also it is not always appropriate to use strikes and eye gouges for police/correctional officers while taking people down.

  10. Leah Richard says:

    @HapkidoJosh another thing they teach is if your mountid you can gain advantage by aplying wrist locks so if hes on top you can grab the hand and apply presure to that 45 degre angel towards the out side of the body you can yous 2 hands to pull it off if youd like and yousing your other arm to turq the elbow will cous him to lean moor to the side of the pressure and then you can roll him over and get into the mount and take advantage so we belive you can do the same locks on the ground

  11. Leah Richard says:

    @HapkidoJosh they allso say to us that whil ground fighting you can apply many joint loicks and whrist tech. as if you wer standing to gain controll advantage lets say i go mountid then i can grab his hand and aply preasure in A 45 degree angle which wil cous the body to turn toward that side and at that point you can roll over and take the advantage cus his ballance has be strongly weekend

  12. Leah Richard says:

    @HapkidoJosh they allso say to us that whil ground fighting you can apply many joint loicks and whrist tech. as if you wer standing to gain controll advantage lets say i go mountid then i can grab his hand and aply preasure in A 45 degree angle which wil cous the body to turn toward that side and at that point you can roll over and take the advantage cus his ballance has be strongly weekend

  13. Leah Richard says:

    @HapkidoJosh my teachers have traind us to do theys tech. in a simuler manner but the feel that you should not strugle for another tech. ageanst them they feel that if you cant get it then you should apply pain to take thear mind off of resistans such as trying to do the lock and if the resist then kick them in the groin are poke them in ther eyes to get them to not think about resistance but to respond to pain so that you can peform your lock and have many options from that point.

  14. Josh Cather says:

    @martialwarrior540 Fair enough, thanks for the responses. I went through quite a bit of soul searching to get to this point. I was worried that my instructor wouldn't approve and I also worry about the approval of the Hapkido community in general to an extent. At the end of the day this seems to be what is right for me. Only time and experience will tell if this is an extraordinary change or if it is just another path to the same end. So far so good though.

  15. martialwarrior540 says:

    @HapkidoJosh I think we are starting to bury the horse at this point (haha), but it makes for good conversation. Initiating techniques and wrist grabs are on similar ground in my opinion, like i said before different students respond differently to these kinds of things. I am open to anything and not trying to attack any method of teaching that works, your students in the video seem to be benefiting from your teaching methods and in the end that is what matters.

  16. Josh Cather says:

    @martialwarrior540 Not to beat a dead horse but comparing say the initiating techniques that we start with to a wrist grab, what do you think makes the wrist grab a better learning tool? Is it that the opponent makes the first contact and you are responding to that? I feel that if one is able to grab someone and do a technique then one could also apply that to anything including a wrist grab. I feel that the initiating technique is more raw and basic than a wrist grab.

  17. martialwarrior540 says:

    @HapkidoJosh This has been a good discussion, i have to disagree and say that wrist grabs are good in teaching to adapt. At the same time realize that your program is aimed at developing self defense ability quicker, which the wrist grab an effective method but not the most time efficient method. also one has to think of the fact that different students respond differently different methods

  18. Josh Cather says:

    @martialwarrior540 If you want to check out my "Hapkido Curriculum Evolution Introduction" video B_FDZ8ffPTQ that should show how my beginners are learning jointlocks. I don't find that wrist grabs teach adaptability well, which is a major reasons for these changes. I find what I'm doing to be more practical up front. I don't want to talk down on wrist grabs but I don't see how they are best for teaching jointlocks. Thank you for the discussion and please feel free to continue!

  19. martialwarrior540 says:

    I have seen styles where they teach a punch defense then a choke defense then and knife defense ect. and sometimes with that the students get the wrong idea and then all they have is that one defense for that one situation, more often with the wrist grab defenses it seems they start realising the importance of adaptability and then they have a broader range of options in the different situations. not to say that different methods can't produce the same result though.

  20. martialwarrior540 says:

    @HapkidoJosh I can't really put down all the alternatives because i have not seen all of them. i have always held that learning/teaching lock from a wrist grab as one of the best ways for building adaptability, especially when combined with drills like the Resistance flow drill and different variations of it.

  21. Josh Cather says:

    @martialwarrior540 Thanks for the comment. So do you believe that there is something that you can get from wrist grabs that would be missed by my alternative methods? I want to be clear that I am not completly against wrist grabs as I learned the jointlocks from using them and my instructor is fantastic in my opinion. However, I don't see the benifits of wrist grabs over my methods.

  22. martialwarrior540 says:

    Off topic I personally believe there is alot to be gained by practicing joint manipulation from a wrist grab. On topic i enjoyed seeing this drill and the reactions and results of both higher and lower ranks.

  23. Josh Cather says:

    @kstacticalhapkido Thanks Jim! I appreciate this comment a lot! This was a really fun video to make and edit. While editing I could actually see the progress many of the students were making!

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