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Thoughts on Hapkido being a mixed artial art or an art unto its own?
Well it can be considered a mix martial art since even the highest master are mixing it up with other style. Such is the case of the so call DOJU of hapkido Chinil Chang.
Yes, it's an eclectic art by nature. There are some (like Daniel on this website) who mourn the way Hapkido has lost its character by becoming diluted with other arts. But from the very beginning Hapkido was a mashup of Japanese Jujitsu and Korean striking techniques. It's kind of all over the map. So I see no harm in incorporating techniques from other arts as well, as long as we remain true to the Hapkido principles of water, circularity and non-resistance.