hap·​ki·​do ˌhäp-ˈkē-dō How to pronounce hapkido (audio)
: a Korean martial art based on kicking motions and incorporating elements of aikido

Examples of hapkido in a Sentence

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Word History


Korean, from hap- together, joined + ki breath, energy + to way, art

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hapkido was in 1963

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“Hapkido.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hapkido. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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hap·​ki·​do ˌhäp-ˈkēd-ō How to pronounce hapkido (audio)
: a Korean martial art based on kicking motions and using some aikido moves

Korean hapkido "a martial art using both kicking and aikido moves," from hap- "together, joined" + ki "breath, energy" + to "way, art"

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