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Registration $150 (please email
us first for school
Includes Instructor info, school plaque, and patches
Annual Renewal $75
Branch School renewal $75 (includes branch certificate)
Student Registrations - Free
Annual Student Renewals - (not necessary)
Gup Parchment Certificates 25 for $25
Black Belt Parchment Certificate on Marble Plaque - $35
THE AMERICAN HAPKIDO FEDERATION
741 W. Lumsden Rd.
Brandon, Fla. 33511
(All credit card purchases will appear as Art Technologies
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OUR MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS:
* Reality Based Hapkido Training Safe for all adults
* Ethical testing standards for black belts and instructors - Our
instructors must qualify
* Professional Training support for schools and individuals
* Staff training program for a variety of Martial Art subjects
* Uniform and Ethical Standards of Rank & Hierarchy for
* Concise detailed non-repetitive seminars for our members
* Reasonable prices on certifications, seminars and products
* True focus to further the Martial Art of Hapkido not revenue and
* Ethical and moral leadership -
Our Grandmasters do not smoke,
drink excessively and use foul language
* Physically fit highly skilled Martial Artist Staff- No
phony weekend warriors only full time instructors who know the entire curriculum
and can demonstrate it at any time any place. No excuses!
* No Individual membership renewals for school members-
Why pay useless unfair fees?
* No Pressure to hold or attend
seminars or meet quotas. - No threatening
phone calls to hold or show up for seminars!
WHATS MAKES OUR AHF HAPKIDO DIFFERENT?
Let me first clarify by saying we have the
utmost in respect for traditional styles and traditional training. My students
can testify to the fact that I constantly pay homage to the traditional practice
of Hapkido. Without traditional Hapkido we would not have a style to practice.
With that said, we are different, and here is why:
* No exaggerated throws or falls, all street finishes only
* We never put our back on the ground during technique
(you'll get your teeth kicked in by the 2nd
* Extensive pressure point/vital point training before, during after after
* No dance moves drill training, we react as you would on the street,
(stop dancing and get to the lock already.)
* No choreography between you and your partner,
attacker on the street does not know those steps.)
* A new reactive street method approach to Hapkido, our approach is
complete with takedowns, submission finishes and pressure points. (How
is it that some Hapkido organizations do not even show a takedown after
* Concise footwork training to understand how to strengthen your base while
weakening the base of your opponent. Not old fashioned dance moves, the
real deal in footwork and base training. Want to test your current training, put
in some real resistance drills.
* Oh yes and most importantly............ resistance drills. The art of getting
in harmony with your opponents energy. The truest definition of Hapkido.
Questions to ask about your current organization
1) Does your current organization require enrollment
fees from each or your students?
2) Does your current organization require annual renewals for each of your
3) Does your current organization require that you use their certificates?
4) Does your current organization promote
without a proper testing or time in grade?
5) Does your current organization mandate that you
host or attend seminars?
If you answered "Yes" to some or all of these questions, its time to
find another organization!
Some have asked, how it is the
American Hapkido formed and how I became president. Well, I must say first of
all it was not my desire or intention to ever form an organization. The AHF
was formed when several schools left and disassociated with the ICHF for a
variety of reasons. Like many others we simply got tired of the constant
financial drain, the insincere and unethical Grandmaster who was solely
focused on money and not Hapkido. The promotion of instructors and black belts
just by writing a check.
Master Frank Ehnle and Master Pedro Rodriquez were former Executive Vice Presidents of
the ICHF. Master Ehnle had the idea of keeping the schools in central Florida
together and he formed the AHF. The AHF became a brotherhood of serious
Martial Arts practitioners dedicated towards training and not bleeding their
member schools for money. They were also dedicated towards proper ethics in
rank, time in grade, and testing procedures. In short, we kept our
friendships, we continued training together, and we put the ICHF history
behind us as lessons learned. We certainly learned what not to do!
"To understand our concept of brotherhood you really must understand our history. To the outsider it may appear as we attempted to form
another ICHF. Why would we do that? It was what we all hated about the Martial
Arts, goofy magazine ads, no rank ethics, negative role models and mediocre
training. We formed out of the desire to continue training together and
keeping ethical rank and training standards."
- F. Ehnle
We all left the ICHF at
different times and we were all in our schools doing our own thing. Master
Ehnle contacted everyone to see to see if they were willing to continue
to work together and form our own group. Everyone agreed and we started up
with five schools working together in central florida. Shihan Santos was not a
former ICHF member, just a good friend we met along the way. Aikido and Hapkido are
sister styles and he is an awesome practitioner and a truly great person.
can have brotherhood because of our proximity. Master Phil and
Master Ehnle train together at instructor classes, we visit each others Black
Belt testings and we do training events, clinics, and seminars together.
We have also become very good friends. When visiting Orlando with Masters
Rodriquez and Shihan Santos we go to dinner with our wives, and we enjoy each
others company and have for many many years. This is a true Martial Arts
We extended the AHF to others because we were contacted regularly by schools
outside of Florida. Master Rodriquez and I made many friends around the
country while in the ICHF. People enjoyed our training and our personalities.
We have opened up the AHF to all of our former friends who are looking for a
better alternative. Of course, it is more difficult for those schools to take part in the
brotherhood and events because of distance and travel, however we could not
just close the doors to anyone outside of Florida. Many former and current
ICHF contact us for information. Many of them have experienced what we all
experienced and they are ready for a change.
The big difference is true
brotherhood and passion for Hapkido. You will notice a huge difference in
those motivated by the martial arts vs. those motivated solely by money. Visiting
each others Black Belt testings and
having multiple Masters sit on the testing panel at different schools,
having instructor training classes, clinics with special guests (Like Prof.
Dill and others) and just our friendship is what we consider brotherhood. Our
students meet and train with each other and there is a real sense of being
part of something larger than just your own school.
Our internet presence may allow us to share
more with schools across the country, however our goal is not to be the ICHF.
Our goal is to continue training together as a group and if others want to be
a part, so be it. Growth will happen naturally when others realize what a true
organization should be. You can only fool people for so long. We will stay
true to who we are, motivated by training, not our bottom line, not marketing,
and certainly not bleeding our schools for every penny they have with
senseless fees. The AHF is what it is and we welcome all who are truly focused
on training and not the almighty dollar.
In several instances in my career I have learned
"what not to do" by those who were supposedly higher rank than
myself. You can learn as much from negative role models as you can from
models. Learning "what not to do" is sometimes even more beneficial
than learning what to do. Someone else has made all the mistakes for you.
Our model for an organization and for our schools is based on what others have
taught us not to do.
MASTER FRANK EHNLE
THERE ARE DIFFERENCES
* Beware of the Diploma Mill organizations
that do not require testings for instructor rank
These organizations claim
legitimacy under "Korean" organizations meanwhile they've just
created their own legitimacy and their own rank with no true standards of
rank or instructor levels. They either have no real testing and just collect a
check, or their testings are the 1/2 hour jump through the hoop style testing.
* Beware the Diploma Mill
organizations that certify anyone as an instructor or school owner
These organizations sell anyone
a Charter and Instructor certificate. They only care about bottom line and total
numbers. This means your reject and renegade black belts with no instructor
experience could own a school in your home town. It doesn't mean they'll do
well, but these organizations will certify anyone even those from your school
that do not qualify for an instructor position.
* Beware of the Diploma Mill organizations
with the Grandmaster that does not know his curriculum.
Some bogus organizations have a
"Grand Master" leader with a curriculum he took from his
instructor and he could not possibly pass a legitimate physical test on his own
curriculum. You would be shocked to find out who "poses" as a
Grandmaster. These bogus Grandmasters reach super high Dan ranking without
putting in the correct number of years per Dan and most importantly they aren't
talented enough or qualified for that Dan ranking. These supposed leaders need others in their organization to cover
subjects that they have no chance of teaching. Avoid the "Poser"
Grandmasters, find an organization with real Martial Arts skill and leaders who
know their entire curriculum.
* Beware of Diploma Mill
organizations that charge you per student. There are fees for everything.
In the money driven bogus
organization you must send in a fee when your students enroll. You must send a
renewal for each student every year. You must renew your instructor license,
your charter, your use of there federation school name, etc.etc. It can cost you
thousands of dollars just to deal with these bogus organizations each year.
Most reputable organizations have simple and low renewal fees for your school
and will not bleed your bank account dry.
* Do your research on the Internet and
at Martial Arts events
These diploma mill (magazine ad) style
organizations are fading fast. There is so much negativity on the Internet and
being discussed at Martial Arts events that they will soon have nowhere to hide.
It isn't long before the bogus Grandmasters are revealed, and the "write a
check for rank" policies are exposed. Join an ethical Martial Arts
organization not a money driven multi-level marketing scheme organization.
AHF CODE OF
1) To earn a black
belt should require three to five years of training depending on age, physical
and experience level. Each additional dan ranking should required the
appropriate number of
years. For example; 2 years to second dan, 3 years to 3rd, 4 years to 4th,
2) The AHF is a rank
registry and membership organization. We do not mandate curriculum or
specific safety standards. The school owners are solely responsible for the
quality of their
students and the safety of their environment. Partner safety should be first
and foremost for
all Hapkidoists. The AHF is not responsible or liable for the safety standards
individual or charter members. If a school or individual is not practicing
Hapkido up to
acceptable skill level or safety standards, membership will be revoked.
3) All black belts
should be skilled in defending themselves in a real world scenario. All self
defense skills should end with the assailant on the ground and/or in
a controlled, pain compliant
position or disabled to the point of not being able to continue the attack.
4) AHF schools should welcome AHF members for guest training on a limited
5) AHF instructors should be knowledgeable in the concepts behind Hapkido
This includes but is not limited to, direction of energy, support hand,
balance disruption, distraction, lock hand, vital and pressure points.
6) Master level
instructors are required to test on the above subjects.
7) AHF logo and name
cannot be used if membership is not current. All use of the AHF logo
and name will cease and desist upon expiration of membership.
8) AHF product
branding is not permitted. The AHF retains sole rights to product branding.
The AHF logo may not be used in any way without written permission.
9) AHF members and
instructors agree to the above code of ethics. Any violation of these
ethics can result in immediate loss of membership.
10) AHF retains sole
rights to instructor certification. No martial artist can claim instructor
certification without AHF approval and Charter member status.