Tag Archive: hapkido

Master Han Hapkido Caught with Rapid Fire Camera


Taken in the same backyard in the Pacific Palisades as those previously posted of Master Bong Soo Han trying to teach a…

The World Goes Karate Crazy


People around ‘Billy Jack’ went karate crazy – trademark pending – even before ‘Billy Jack’ hit theaters. It happened on the set. Everyone was pestering Master Bong Soo Han to ‘show them something’, which…

Master Bong Soo Han Karate Demonstration


Bong Soo Han was the highest ranking master of Hapkido in the U.S. Han instructed and doubled Tom in the fight scenes in the film. To help promote both the film and Master Han’s hapkido instruction, Tom set up a karate demonstration on the lot at Warner Brothers, the studio distributing ‘Billy Jack’. It was a standing-room-only event. All the employees and executives flocked to see…

Backyard Karate Class

Craig Bradley takes on for the art

Tweet Tom saw Bong Soo Han during a performance by Master Han’s school as part of the Pacific Palisades 4th of July celebration. (Tom’s daughter, TC, had been in the parade playing guitar.) Tom was blown away by the Hapkido style of fighting and pursued Han to train him (and double him) for the fight…

Billy ‘Kicks’ Blackbelt Magazine

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Tweet The cult of Billy Jack was exploding during the re-release, and one of the reasons was the groundbreaking Hapkido karate that was portrayed in the film. The hapkido master coordinator, teacher, and double, Bong Soo Han, went on to star in future Billy Jack and other films. Most importantly, ‘Billy Jack’ helped let the…