Students practise their Hapkido skills
with light contact sparring which involves kicking, hand striking,
throwing, take-downs and techniques.
Fighting techniques (daerien sul) also form part
of Hapkido training; students learn a sparring type sequence
of moves for each grade.
Hapkido is not a competition style. Many Hapkido
moves would result in serious injury to the opponent if they
were used in competition. However, aspects of Hapkido are
similar to other styles and Hapkido students find that their
skills are very transferable to other competition systems.