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Old 07-23-2001, 09:54 PM   #8
Irony
Dojo: Aikido Center of Atlanta
Location: Atlanta, GA
Join Date: Mar 2001
Posts: 47
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There are a couple of students in my dojo who began with Hapkido. One outright stated that he used it as a stepping stone to get him ready for Aikido; he didn't feel like he could jump into an art as difficult as Aikido. Another took Hapkido for a year or so, but I'm not sure of his motivations for switching over. Of his methods on the mat he seems a little stiff and altogether linear, many times blocking force with force rather than blending. Obviously he has not yet acheived mastery in either art so I can't really judge Hapkido by him, I know, nor whould I want others to judge Aikido by his performance; though he learns quickly in class he is still a beginner. So that's all I can say, unlearned as I am.

Chris Pasley
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