Re: Ai / Hap
I've done both. There are techniques that look outwardly similar but the execution is different because the goals are different. Hapkido looks to do damage and do it quickly. Aikido looks to control. Where in Aikido structural unbalancing is imperative, Hapkido can and does bypass with pain and striking. If it doesn't hurt it isn't Hapkido. It took me a while to mentally shift. I'm glad I did.