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   Rupert Atkinson's Hapkido Introduction

( http://www.angelfire.com/mac/aikido/index.html )

Korean Connections : After World War II many Koreans returned from Japan. One man, Choi Yong-sul, claimed to have learned Daito-ryu directly from Takeda Sokaku.
Although there is no official evidence in Daito-ryu records that this was true,
it is evident that he learned something in Japan and, from what I have gleaned from others, and seen with my own eyes from watching the few who stick to his original teachings, it certainly resembles Daito-ryu.
Choi Yong-sul was successful in passing on his art, which at various times had names such as Kido, Yusool, Yawara ... but it was his students who changed the name to Hapkido, which uses the same Chinese characters as Aikido (apparently against his advice), and added other techniques, such as high kicks.
Another twist is that many modern Hapkido teachers do not know their own Hapkido history.
They have erased Choi Yong-sul and prefer to assert that the art they do has existed in Korea for 2000 years.
There are, however, a few people still practicing exactly what Choi Yong-sul taught and - more are becoming interested.

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