Open Circle Way/ Kiwon Hapkido is the first book in the Martial Arts and Healing series. It provides an overview of the heritage, philosophy, and foundations of Hapkido. It is said that the secrets of martial arts are in the basics. This book provides the keys to finding these secrets. The techniques and curriculum of a martial art are like an alphabet. As you learn the letters, you are able to read and write. It is our goal to help people to express themselves and communicate. As we become more comfortable with reading, we no longer think about the individual letters, and we can create poetry. Rules and systems can be used to separate people or to bring people together. We hope that this book will give people from different places and traditions a language to communicate and come together, to recognize our similarities as well as our differences.