Berkeley, California—21 January 2007—Hapkido West, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the martial art of Hapkido, today announced that its Board of Directors has formally adopted bylaws, which govern its internal operations.

“Hapkido West's bylaws are fundamentally important to our organization in that they underpin our mission, define our decision-making process, and ensure our continued existence as a stable, well-managed organization,” said Philip Atkins, Hapkido West's secretary.

“Our decision-making process is fundamentally collaborative, and our style is to be flexible, respectful, and responsive to the needs of our members and the Hapkido community as a whole,” said Marc Tedeschi, Hapkido West's president. “Our Bylaws reflect our commitment to sound governance and transparency in all our affairs.”

About Hapkido West
Established in January 2007 under the leadership of Master Marc Tedeschi, Hapkido West's core mission is to promote the practice and instruction of Hapkido, both locally and internationally. Hapkido West offers affordable high-quality martial arts training to a broad segment of the general public and seeks to improve educational standards, build goodwill and fellowship, and increase public awareness of the beneficial role of martial arts practice in one’s life.

What is Hapkido?
Practiced in over 100 countries, Hapkido possesses one of the most complex, unique, and varied arsenals of self-defense techniques to be found in any martial art. Its skills encompass all major martial categories: strikes, kicks, blocks, avoiding movements, holds, joint locks, chokes, throws, breakfalls, tumbling, ground fighting, weapons, meditation, and healing. Although combatives are an important aspect of training, Hapkido’s ultimate objective is the harmonization of body, mind, and spirit; the perfection of human character; the cultivation of social responsibility; and the empowerment of self.


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