Both martial arts are based on a Korean system. Taekwondo is known for its dynamic kicking techniques and defenses. Taekwondo is an excellent well-rounded art that not only teaches practical self-defense but also provides great cardio and toning of the body, as well as clarity of the mind.
Hapkido also uses kicks and strikes; however, more hand, wrist and joint manipulation is used in this art to control attackers.
A TYPICAL CLASS
Students bow in and show proper respect to their instructors. Each class then begins with a brief period of meditation. During this time, students are challenged to clear their minds and focus on their breathing. Following meditation, students begin warm-up exercises which are followed by stretching. Once warmed up and ready to begin, skills learned in previous classes may be reviewed and students will participate in a number of kicking and punching drills. After previous skills are reinforced, new skills and techniques and forms may be addressed. Some of the skills covered in classes may include poomsae (prearranged patterns of movement/forms), self-defense techniques, or controlled sparring. Class generally concludes with a cool down period and a final few minutes of meditation before the students bow out.