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Old August 13, 2001, 02:21 PM   #4
Matt Wallis
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Aikido is Japanese. Mostly joint locks and throws, lot's of deflection and misdirection. Hapkido, which is Korean, is like Aikido combined with some hard kicking and punching ala the other Korean arts.

There is a legend that Hapkido was developed by a Korean student of the Japanese guy that developed Aikido. Don't know if that's true, but there definitely is a connection between the two.

IMO both styles can be good. I'd think Hapkido is a little more well rounded, but then I've never studied Aikido. And as always the philosophy and ability of individual schools and instructors is usually just as (or more) important than the style.

Hope that helps,
Matt Wallis
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