Aikido vs Hopkido (not askin wich is better)?
Question:compare and contrast. the aikido i know has no strikes but i hear about hopkido having kicks... they r both filled with throws but sensei says they are totally unrelates... so can u compare and contrast and explain 4 me?
oh and i know hopkido is korean and aikido is japanese
Aikido is considered a "soft" discipline because it's techniques match anothers persons movements or balance with a dominant complement meaning a throw or pin. So it keeps an opponent off balance to throw or bring them down without severe injury. but it also emphasizes the spiritual and philosophical development of the students.
The techniques of Akido can, when applied judiciously, divert or immobilize rather than damage or kill. As a result, some consider it to be a practical symbol of meeting aggression (physical, verbal, etc.) with an effective but merciful response, and finding harmony in conflict.
Aikido does use striking (kicking and punching) but kicking in general is reserved for higher variations particularly the high kicks because they weren't common with the combat in feudal Japan. Many of the punching or hand striking techniques of the blows often look like sword techniques prompting suggestions that it was originally based around armed combat, but they're not thoroughly studied as other disciplines that do make use of striking techniques.
Morihei Ueshiba declared, "To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace."
Steven Segal I believe was the first practitioner of Aikido to make it more aggressive than the traditional version.
Hapkido on the other hand lands somewhere between "hard" and "soft" because it uses many of the techniques that Aikido uses accompanied by the "hard" techniques that are often used
by Tae Kwon Do and Tang Soo Do in the execution of it's techniques and is considered the "authentic asian martial art of total self-defense", it deals with countering the techniques of other Martial Arts as well as common "unskilled" attacks and is used in such a way to gain momentum for executing the techniques in a natural and free-flowing manner.
If an opponent attacks in linear motion, as in a punch or knife thrust, the practitioner would redirect the opponent's force by leading the attack in a circular pattern, thereby adding the attacker's power to his own. Once redirecting the power, the practitioner can execute any of a variety of techniques to incapacitate the opponent.
Hapkido can make use of up to 700 pressure points in the body (as can Aikido), emphasizes circular motion, non-resisting movements, and control of the opponent. gaining advantage through footwork and body positioning to employ leverage, and avoiding the use of strength against strength.
In effect, Hapkido goes directly to the techniques, and uses striking (punching or kicking) to weaken the oppnent and then allow the practitioner to perform the technique. it can also incorporate the groundfighting techniques of Judo or Jujitsu just as Aikido can as well.
they are related only by the fact of their basis: keeping the opponent off balance and in an awkward position for a throw to finish the job and possibly bring an end to the fight with as minimal injury either to the practitioner or the opponent.
And as Jerry L stated (thanks man, I dunno why I forgot it before), a fact that both disciplines use (and I shoulda remembered it being a Hapkido practitioner) strikes for, is that the strikes used in both Aikido and Hapkido are meant for distraction to the opponent from the true technique you are about to use against them.
but in Hapkido some strikes are meant to dislocate the opponents arm, elbow or wrist at some point (not often used though) for easier pain compliance or deterrent against further aggression.
I haven't taken Hapkido so I can't help you with the comparison, just want to give you some extra info on Aikido striking.
PS.dont believe what you read on dikpedia.
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