LaCava's Martial Art


Instructor: Christopher LaCava, 4th Dan


 About the Instructor
Christopher LaCava has been training in the martial arts for over 30 years. At the present time he holds a 4th degree black belt in Hapkido and is a student of Grand Master Lim, Hyun-Soo. Mr. LaCava is also the Connecticut representitive of the Korea Jungki Hapkido and Kuhapdo Association .

Over the years Mr. LaCava has trained in the styles of Arnis, Tai Chi Chuan, Shaolin Kempo and Kuhapdo. In the past, he was one of the few Licensed Tactical Master Instructors of the CDT method of non-deadly force here in Connecticut. Mr. LaCava is a member of The American Teachers Association of Martial Arts (ATAMA).

Mr. LaCava is a graduate from Tri-State College of Acupuncture earning his Master's of Science Degree in Acupuncture. In addition, Mr. LaCava is NCCAOM certified, a licenced Acupuncturist and a member of the Acupuncture Society of New York (ASNY).


About the School
At LaCava's Martial Arts we teach traditional Hapkido of the founder, Dojunim Choi, Yong-sool, in a positive environment to help students bring out and cultivate the best qualities in themselves. "No politics, just Hapkido."


What is Hapkido
From the looks of it, Hapkido seems to combine the locking and throwing aspects of Jiu-jutsu and Aikido, the striking aspects of Karate, and the footwork of Taekwondo.

Hapkido, "The Art of Coordinated Power," is a Korean martial art that was founded by Choi, Yong-Sool in the 1950's. Hapkido has a full range fighting arsenal to choose from, but many people know it for its ability to control and subdue an attacker through the use of joint locks, manipulations and pressure points.

There is a big debate on who his teacher was and how he developed the style. Grand Master Choi has said he was taught by Sokaku Takeda, a Grandmaster in Daito Ryu Aiki-jutsu (who also happens to be the teacher of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido). In any case, the similarities in the styles of Hapkido, Aikido and Daito Ryu Aiki-jutsu are unmistakable.

Aside from the obvious self-defense and heath aspects of Hapkido, the main objective is to develop one's self physically, mentally and spiritually.


Training Location

Directions To This Location

Fitness Works Gym
275 Post Road East
Westport, CT 06880
Phone: 203-767-6567


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Also See
Acupuncture and Mr. LaCava's practice



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