When the Korean war ended in 1953, Choi opened a school in his home and began teaching other students. One of these students was Ji Han-Jae. Ji studied under Choi until 1956 and then moved to his home city in An Dong where he opened his first school called An Moo Kwan. There he taught "Hapki Yu Kwon Sool" where Ji practiced kicking techniques intensely. He would put soy beans in a sock and hang it from the ceiling. He would then practice flying back spinning kicks over and over. Ji decided to relocate his school in Seoul in 1957. He was lucky enough to open a school at a neck tie factory but only had a few students. One day an unknown came to Ji's school to challenge him. He grabbed Ji's black belt and pulled him and Ji executed an elbow lock until the gangster said nothing but just passed out. After this incident, the gangster sent some 30 students to train with Ji Han-Jae. By 1962, Ji's Sung Moo Kwan school was well know and doing well financially. Ji then had the opportunity to teach at the Military Academy and to instruct the Military Supreme Council. While Ji was teaching the President's security guard, his school moved to the West Gate Section. By this time, Hapkido was no longer confined to Seoul and had become a nationally recognized Korean martial art. When Ji had gone to Seoul in 1957 he was appointed as the head of Hapki Yu Kwon Sool In the Seoul district. Ji felt that this was too long a name and decided to use the "do" ending because "do" means "way of life" and "Sool" means techniques. Thus, the name "Hapkido" originated.
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Ji HanJae, Dojoo of HKD, visited the KHF Central Training Institute located in Kyungju in Nov. 25, 2014.
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Ji HanJae, Dojoo of HKD, visited the KHF Central Training Institute located in Kyungju
Ji HanJae, Dojoo of HKD, visited the KHF Central Training Institute located in Kyungju in Nov. 25, 2014. He was hosted by Oh Selim, the president of KHF, and some senior committee members. Kyungju is a historic city of Korea and once the capital city of an ancient kingdom for more than nine hundreds years. Doju Ji hopes this place become the sanctuary place for all Hapkido people of the world. And he has promised to join the 23rd KHF masters seminar in May of 2015.
Ji, Han Jae opened a dojang near Willow Grove in Levittown, Pa
DoJuNim Ji, Han Jae opened a dojang near Willow Grove in Levittown, Pa. 1999 The documentary on Bruce Lee, A Warriors Journey was released, bringing Hapkido further into the public eye.
In 1984, Grandmaster Ji officially relocated to the U.S.
In 1984, Grandmaster Ji officially relocated to the U.S. and formed, Sin Moo Hapkido. Sin, referring to Higher Mind, and Moo, to Warrior Ways." Historically, it can be understood that Grandmaster Ji, Han Jae was one of the most influential and instrumental proponents of the art of Hapkido -- no matter who invented the name. Though he greatly expanded upon the art, as many advanced masters have done, he was, none-the-less, a direct student of Choi Dojunim. Thus, he did not invent the art. The foundation of Hapkido must be ultimately attributed to Choi, Yong Shul.
Korean President Park, Chung Hee was assassinated
Korean President Park, Chung Hee was assassinated. Ji resigned his position in the U.S. and became a member of the Min Jung Dang Party.
Ji Han Jae spent one year in prison because of his political affiliation.
The three Hapkido organizations in Korea unified into one, the Republic of Korea Hapkido Association.
Ji Han Jae starred in the movie called Hapkido
Korea, 1934. During the Japanese occupation, there is open warfare between rival martial arts schools. There is a fight in the marketplace, and three Chinese students can't stand the unfair way of students that side up with the invasors, when they gang assault one of the fighting men. Between the three, they send the aggressors away. Retaliation is heavy: their school is destroyed, and they are banished. They return to China, and start their own school, and set out on good-will visits to the other martial arts schools, only to find that everybody in their neighbourhood is already dominated by the Japanese. They have many kung fu fights to win, before they eventually manage to establish peace.
Grandmaster Ji first visited the United States and was introduced to Bruce Lee
In 1969, Grandmaster Ji first visited the United States and was introduced to Bruce Lee by Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee. He later appeared in Bruce Lee film, Game of Death.
Ja Han Jae first came to the United States to teach Hapkido to President Richard Nixon Security Forces.
In 1968 another student of Ji, Myung, Kwan Shik, opened a new Hapkido Kwan in Seoul
In 1968 another student of Ji, Myung, Kwan Shik, opened a new Hapkido Kwan in Seoul. It was called Young Moo Kwan.
Grandmaster Ji initiated the use of the eagle as the logo for Hapkido
In 1967 Grandmaster Ji initiated the use of the eagle as the logo for Hapkido. Later that same year, the first text book on Hapkido was written by Hapkido Masters: Nyung, Kwan Shik and Kim, Jong Tek.
The Korea Hapkido Association was established by Ji Han Jae.
Grandmaster Ji was joined in Seoul by Kim
In 1961, Grandmaster Ji was joined in Seoul by Kim, Yong Jin who opened the Oh Ji Kwan school of Hapkido. Soon after that, Kim, Moo Hong established Sin Moo Kwan Hapkido.
Ji Han Jae moved his school to Joong Boo Shi Jang and continued to teach there until April of 1960.
Ji Han Jae opened his first dojang in Andong
DoJuNim opened his first dojang in Andong, the Andong Military/Martial Art- Exercise/Practice Institute, at the age of 21.
Taoist Lee Do-Sa also taught Ji Han Jae meditation
Taoist Lee Do-Sa also taught Ji meditation, traditional weapons and the complete kicking arts of the ancient SamRan.
Thirteen year old Ji Han Jae began his martial arts training under Choi, Yung Sul