Coming in late on this thread but can see the varieties of interpretation concerning hapkido. Anywhere hapkido is practiced in a dojang, it's the instructor who decides, of course, what path it will take. Some of this is due to the instructor's background and his/her actual strong and weak areas. I know some who emphasize throws and others who emphasize kicking & striking. My background is varied but hapkido (to me) is more like aikido than kickboxing or judo; "jujitsu" might even be a good analog. Point is, I never like telling others that they are not practicing "X" but rather "Z". Hapkido does certainly include kicking and striking but the soul of hapkido is circular movement and the famous locks and projections. As long as these two technical areas are a part of whatever is being taught, I can accept the changes.