Well, I’ve only seen one place and it was the same old forms and non resistant drills as any other art practiced with the underlying notion that sparring is somehow innappropriate. It was one of those places where all the instructors were grossly out of shape and emphasis was placed on “killing” blows but no real hard contact.
That being said, one visit to one place cannot cover the entire spectum of hapkidio dojangs.
My two children were taking classes from a 5th Dan in Combat Hapkido. The master is in his fifties and is a bit over weight, but he has extensive knowledge in the martial arts, not just Hapkido. He also had two other 1st Dans that were both excellent.>
I have been to a combat hapkido seminar here in Colorado. For the most part it was very informative and I picked up some new techniques. The guy’s name was Grandmaster Pelligrini I think. It was also in correlation with CQC stuff so, but overall the techniques were effective. Like bamboo said, it depends upon where you go.>