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Hwang In Shik (also Whang Ing-Sik, born 1940 in Sunch'ŏn, north of Pyongyang in present day North Korea) is one of the foremost Korean Hapkido teachers today. A great popularizer of the art in Asia through his work in the Hong Kong based films of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Angela Mao, he is known nevertheless as one the top teachers of the art and was eventually awarded a 10th degree black belt, the highest rank possible in the art, by the World Hapkido Association.

Hwang In-Shik's family moved to Seoul from North Korea while he still a young child and it was there that he was first exposed to the martial arts, first to Tang Soo Do and then, when he was 13 years old, to the art of Korean hapkido.

Hwang identifies his teacher as Choi Yong Sul, the founder of the art. According to Kim Hyung Sang of the Ulchikwan dojang Hwang's first teacher was Kim Yong-Jin. Hwang In Shik achieved his black belt grading at age 16 and was sent shortly thereafter to the Korea Hapkido Association headquarters presided over by Ji Han Jae. A very important time in the history of the development of the art, many of the prime movers in hapkido today were his seniors there including Han Bong Soo, Kim Chong Sung and Myung Kwang-Sik. Hwang was known in particular at this time for his superlative kicking ability.

He was eventually promoted to 7th dan in 1976 by the Republic of Korea Hapkido Association (Dae Han Min Gook Hapkido Hyub Hwe) and was appointed as chief instructor for the association headquarters. In this capacity he became an influential and well known teacher of the art.

World Hapkido Association

Prominent hapkido teacher, Jung Tae, with the support of senior hapkido people such as Bong Soo Han decided to form his own organization called the World Hapkido Association. Wishing to show respect to one of his senior teachers from Korea he appointed Hwang In-Shik as the Chief Instructor to his organization with the official title of Chong Jae and awarded him with the 10th degree black belt in the organization symbolizing in the eyes of the World Hapkido Association the highest level of technical achievement in the art.[9]

Hwang, although independent of any group himself, continues to support the efforts of the World Hapkido Association with seminars and participation in the group's many events which are centered chiefly in the United States, Norway and Brazil. In addition to this he is on the senior council of masters for the Ulchikwan, one of the founding schools of the Korea Hapkido Federation.

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