Combat Hapkido does not incorporate certain traditional Hapkido techniques which it deemed impractical for modern self-defense scenarios. Some of these techniques include but are not limited to acrobatic break falls, jump/spinning kicks, forms, meditation, along with the removal of some weapons such as swords and other weapons which would be impractical and not-typically carried in modern society.
Combat Hapkido’s strategy differs from traditional Hapkido because it includes adopting features from styles like Jeet Kune Do, Jujutsu, Western Boxing, and Kuntao Silat to enhance its core curriculum. For instance, some Traditional Hapkido practitioners have complained that Traditional Hapkido does not provide an extensive ground self-defense curriculum; Combat Hapkido attempts to address this by researching and incorporating grappling techniques from different styles.Another instance is the incorporation of derived-versions of Jeet Kune Do trapping and entering techniques to enhance transitions into Combat Hapkido’s core Joint Locking and Throwing techniques. Combat Hapkido’s core techniques rely heavily on the Traditional Hapkido techniques that the ICHF determined to have the most practical applications for their goal of modern self-defense. The core curriculum has been organized into 10 basic levels or ranks and extensive reference materials, including a complete video reference library, are provided to schools and individual students through the ICHF Headquarters in Arizona. All training in Combat Hapkido is reinforced with extensive training seminars, with most months containing multiple seminars located throughout the United States and the World. In addition to the core curriculum, the ICHF researches and develops “modules” that are compatible with the core curriculum and encourages students to explore them. Some examples of these such “modules” are “Stick and Knife Combatives”, “Ground Survival”, “Combat Throws”, “Anatomical Target Striking/Pressure Points”, “Trapping”, “Cane”, “Dan Bong”, and “Weapons Disarming”. New modules are supported by DVDs, seminars, and local instruction conducted by certified instructors of each course. ICHF students are required to know the core curriculum for promotion and are encouraged to study various optional modules as well. Instructors are encouraged to require and may require their students to learn some of these additional technique modules as well as the Core Curriculum to advance levels.