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Old August 13, 2001, 02:51 PM   #5
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Aikido, meaning the Harmony Spirit Way in Japanese, was founded by Ueshiba Morihei, whom his students call O-Sensei. Ueshiba learned a variety of "Jujutsu," including Daito-Ryu Aiki-Jujutsu from Takeda Sokaku.

Hapkido, meaning the Harmony Spirit Way in Korean (the two are spelled the same in Chinese characters), was founded and developed by several different Korean "masters," one of whom (Choi Young-Sool) was purportedly either a houseboy or a student of Takeda. However, unlike Ueshiba whose attedendance records exist in a written form, there is no documentary evidence of Choi's training under Takeda.

Practically speaking, Aikido utilizes techniques of throws and joint-immobilizations while Hapkido utilizes those in addition to kicks and punches.

Morally, Aikido emphasizes harmony with nature and minimum pain/suffering necessary to control the attacker, while Hapkido emphasizes discipline and deference to your instructor and classmates.

As for the actual efficacy of the styles practiced, well, I won't tell...

For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the supreme excellence. Sun Tzu
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