Traditional Hapkido techniques are based on predetermined situations – according to the teaching of this art. The initially basis and rough outlines of the demonstrated technique serve the purpose of a form of traing to illustrate the outer form to the student. This does not yet include the effective realistic application of the technique. Only once the student succeeds int mastering the technique, comprehension follows. This method of the traditional teaching demands an intense and long study of Hapkido.
The achievement of harmony constitutes the most important component of the Hapkido technique. Hapkido is a defensive form of self-defense. Defensive within this context means that the technique is only applied when one is indeed under attack.
Due to the self-defense character of Hapkido, it is not suitable as a competitive sport. The characteristics and personality of the student are to be challenged in real self-defense through the possibilities of free development. Existing rules, for example at competitions, avoid early individuality.
Buddist roots are one of many paths of development of entire humanity. Body and soul should be developed in the same way. Tradional Hapkido is to be understood in its original meaning not as martial art or sport but rather as the art of self-defense without the use of a weapon.