Unlike most martial arts, Hapkido is a complete system teaching kicks, punches, pressure point techniques, throws, joint locks, free fighting. Other martial arts emphasize tournaments, street fighting, and competitiveness. Hapkido emphasizes self-discipline and personal development.
Hapkido can be very effective. It’s a well-rounded martial art system that has many grab attacks, joint manipulations, arresting techniques, and throws, as well soft counters, circular motions, and a plethora of kicking and sweeping techniques.