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Gongkwon Yusul is a modern Korean martial art system founded by Kang Jun in 1996. Its main influences include the martial arts of Hapkido(Yoo Sool Kwan and Hwarangdo), [[Hakko-ryu]] jujutsu, Judo and Kyuktooki (Korean style Thai-boxing) . Gongkwon Yusul is a system which emphasises the application of striking, locking and throwing techniques in practical, free-flowing fighting situations, rather than the static applications, more in common in traditional styles of Hapkido.
It also varies from Hapkido in that many of its hand techniques are strongly influenced by Western boxing and that a significant part of Gongkwon Yusul training is in groundwork applying techniques more akin to Judo, than most Hapkido styles.
In a sense Gongkwon Yusul in an attempt to combine the practical, free-flowing technique application, often seen in mixed martial arts, whilst still retaining many traditional martial art attributes, such as uniforms, terminology and ranking structure.
Since its foundation the art has grown rapidly in its home county of Korea with many gyms around Seoul and also some regional areas of South Korea. Very few places outside of Korea exist where this art is taught. The first was established in Brazil in 2006, the second in Melbourne in 2007 and the third in Launceston, Australia in 2008.