The Bronx Combat Hapkido /Martial Academy for Self Defense is located in the Williamsbridge section of the Bronx
Our modern style of Hapkido specializes in realistic street self-defense and self-protection for today’s adults


"The crime rate in Bronx is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 35 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Bronx is 1 in 29. Based on FBI crime data, Bronx is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to New York, Bronx has a crime rate that is higher than 90% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

For Bronx, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included forcible rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Bronx is one in 91.

The Bronx is a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Bronx is one in 42. Importantly, we found that Bronx has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Bronx is one in 372"


The above facts are meant not to scare you, but enlighten you.  And even though the Bronx Police Department is doing their very best to protect you, your family and our community, ultimately your self protection and the protection of your family is your responsibility.

What is “Combat Hapkido?”

The Combat Hapkido Self Defense System is a modern, eclectic style of the Korean Martial Art of Hapkido. Combat Hapkido techniques are practical, realistic and extremely effective.  For this reason Combat Hapkido is also referred to as the "Science of Self-Defense." Combat Hapkido is a new interpretation and application of a selected body of Hapkido techniques. The word "Combat" was added to Combat Hapkido to distinguish this system from Traditional Hapkido styles and to identify its focus as Self-Defense.

John Pellegrinni’s combat-hapkido brainchild is a hybridized version of traditional hapkido, the Korean martial art that is claimed to have descended from Japanese aikijujutsu. He retained many of the strong aikijujutsu self-defense basics that are inherent in hapkido, and by adding new techniques.  He created a comprehensive self-defense system that is up-to-date for today’s society. The new self-defense moves found in combat hapkido include defenses against empty-hand assaults, knife attacks, gun threats and impact weapons.

The style employs joint locks, pressure points, throws, hand strikes, and low-line kicks, and trains practitioners to either counter or preemptively strike an imminent attack to defend one's self. In common with many Hapkido styles, it also emphasizes small circular motion, non-resisting movements, and control of an opponent through force redirection and varied movement and practitioners seek to gain advantage through footwork, distractive striking and body positioning to employ leverage.  We don't train in katas and traditional weapons or perform high and acrobatic kicks.  We focus all our training on street self defense against punches, grabs , holds, and weapons. Because if and when you run across a street self defense situation, (not a fight) you will be familar with it and better perpared.