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.
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.
About the author
Grand Master Jason Mix is a founder and instructor at Enso Center for International Arts, a non-profit martial arts and community-building organization in Redmond Washington. He teaches Tongji Do (Understanding the Intent Way)– an integrated art emphasizing empty hand and weapons practice), Hapkido (Harmony Energy Way), Shin Shim Do (Mind Body Way - a Korean style of Tai Chi Chuan), Yang Style Tai Chi (Grand Ultimate) Qi Gong, and Yoga.
He has trained over 200 black belts. Enso Center has touched the lives of thousands of people and stands out in the martial arts community for its work with a broad range of students including families, seniors, and people with disabilities.
In 1985 Master Jason Mix and his mother, Master Susan Mix, opened a school in Seattle with the help and support of his father, Master Bill Mix, and brother, Master Lucas Mix. This small school became the foundation for a network of schools throughout the Seattle area, Eastern Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Idaho, California, Minnesota, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Virginia, Maryland, Alaska, and Zimbabwe.
A senior student of Grandmaster Kwang Sik Myung of the World Hapkido Federation, Jason has earned the ranks of 8th degree Black Belt in Hapkido, Shin Shim Do and Tongji Do, 6th degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and 2nd degree Black Belt in Aikido. He has 30+ years training in the internal arts including Tai Chi & Qi Gong. He has been a professional martial arts instructor for over 35 years and is active in the martial arts community, sharing and training with students and instructors from many styles.