In 1989 Grandmaster Pellegrini began conducting Hapkido seminars around the country gaining a strong following in the Martial Arts community. He called his style “Combat Hapkido” to identify his mission (Self Defense!) and to distinguish his system from other traditional Hapkido styles. Combat Hapkido is an extremely realistic and versatile discipline of self-protection that includes an extensive variety of strikes, kicks, joint locks, pressure points, ground survival and disarming techniques. The result is a practical, comprehensive Self Defense system that is enjoyable to learn and truly effective in realistic situations. It is well suited for men and women of all ages and sizes because physical strength and athletic abilities are not essential. In 1992 Grandmaster Pellegrini structured a unique curriculum and founded the International Combat Hapkido Federation as the official Governing Body to issue Certifications to students and instructors worldwide.