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Part of the issue is there is no one governing body for Hapkido and so many people have taken what they learned and 'created' their own style (calling it something different). I've never fully understood the real differences amongst styles as so many people will share a technique and then claim it was a hidden or secret technique for years. I think we can all agree that Hapkido is eclectic and a living art. Thus, it can be practiced for a lifetime because the fundamental principles are there. I went to a Tae Kwon Do school once that claimed to teach Hapkido (and the instructor was even a 4th Dan). He told me that once I learned the 50 Hapkido techniques, I'd get bored and that is why it was merged in with the Tae Kwon Do syllabus. The problem I had with this is that I already knew way more than 50 techniques and I wasn't even including breath control exercises, the strikes and kicks, positions of disadvantage, multiple attacker responses. But, today there is another Hapkido school out there and the story continues. For me, regardless of the technique, I really focus the student in on the principles and in practice looking for options as we all know what we think is supposed to happen doesn't always ;-)
Hapkido is easy prey for this type of nonsense in large part because it is very rare for one Korean to call another out on anything, let alone fraudulent rank or training. As such, people can claim whatever they want and call it blah blah Hapkido, because no one will openly come out and say "no way".
As long as people cling to the fantasy that Hapkido was created by committee, or is 3000 years old, or had mystical characters involved that cannot be traced to living people, this dross will continue.
That's interesting, I was not aware of the role that Korean culture played in this. Is this equally true of Japanese or Chinese, do you know?
I have never seen it to such an extent as it is described to me by other Koreans that claim that culturally they are far less likely to call out another Korean, even if they know there is falsehood involved!