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Sorekara
2/06/2013 6:28pm,
I work at a place with a little over 100 people. I've found out there's 3 people there that took Taekwondo. On person too Hapkido. (which, I probably foolishly, aquaint with taekwondo). One guy tells me he's a 3rd degree BB, another tells me he has his BB and his hands are registered lethal weapons. My cousin started Taekwondo, and his sons started Taekwondo. Why is there so much interest in Taekwondo? I would add more, but for some reason my enter button doesn't work.

battlefields
2/06/2013 6:31pm,
It is an olympic sport, family friendly and purports to teach teh deadly self defence. What's not to like (if you're oblivious)?

Krijgsman
2/06/2013 6:43pm,
When I did TKD, I really enjoyed the part where we kicked each other in interesting and creative ways. Plus it feels very Martial Arts-y to learn forms and break boards and do spinning jump kicks.

I did quickly figure out that forms were mostly just good for practicing not falling over while kicking, and that sparring was the fun part.

Its like fighting lite - you get to learn "moves" but without any real risk of injury (assuming you don't get unlucky or fall over). Understandably appealing.

Vieux Normand
2/06/2013 7:02pm,
Why is there so much interest in Taekwondo?

Why is there so much interest in tennis? Rugby? Chocolate?

Is this a "why do people still do these sorts of MA?"-type question? (One hears this, from time to time, from individuals who think "these sorts of MA" should have been driven out of business after 1993.)

I don't know. The place where I currently practise Karate (old-school traditional) has just moved to a new location with twice the floor space of the previous place. Lots of newbs, as well as LEOs (and one bouncer who--full disclosure--also regularly crosstrains). More space was definitely needed. To many, this seems a counterintuitive development.

Why the continued success, despite "krotty"'s reputation? Dunno. No revolving-door here: people just tend to stay, and 1993 doesn't seem to have put much of a dent in matters.

Go figure.

slamdunc
2/06/2013 8:44pm,
I work at a place with a little over 100 people. I've found out there's 3 people there that took Taekwondo. On person too Hapkido. (which, I probably foolishly, aquaint with taekwondo).A bit of difference yet they are both Korean, so the glass is half full.

One guy tells me he's a 3rd degree BB, another tells me he has his BB and his hands are registered lethal weapons.Ask him where he registered his hands as weapons. Ask him to see the registration form; this could be fun.

Why is there so much interest in Taekwondo?It is a great sport, has structure and you can compete. It is kind of like bowling in an abstract sort of way.

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Cuddles
2/06/2013 9:19pm,
Well if they're younger, I'd assume it's for the same reasons my friend went to TKD; because it's quick and easy to get a black belt there, which in turn allows you to instruct with or without pay (i.e. volunteer hours) and looks somewhat decent on a college app. Of course, we're high school students. I have no idea why any adult would choose that art.

Volya
2/06/2013 10:44pm,
Because it's manlier than ballet...

Justin C
2/07/2013 12:44am,
The main reason has to have something to do with how many schools there are.TaeKwonDo is a marketing succes story.Every town has a school.Also as some one else answered it looks fun lots of jump kicks board breaking and sparring so padded up its hard to get hurt.

goodlun
2/07/2013 1:25am,
Cause it looks fucking awesome in movies. But hey now that the flying armbar is an obligatory move in every new fighting movie maybe all those places will start teaching that as well.

Permalost
2/07/2013 1:33am,
I think a big part of it is most TKD places aren't at all intimidating if you go in, quite the opposite in fact. Pretty much anyone can see people doing forms and slapping a kidney paddle and think "I can do that". A hard sparring striking dojo, or grappling dojo, can be offputting to a lot of people at first glance, or at first liver shot.

mrbigglesworth
2/07/2013 6:29am,
I agree that most taekowndo dojangs are a very family friendly atmosphere... And that can be a good thing, or an extremely bad thing. It can be a good thing because it is inviting to adult newcomers to the martial arts due to the somewhat gentle and little to no contact method of training. It can be great for speed and flexibility, and it works extremely well as an after school children's activity (ie:daycare)... Now on to the bad, at least in my opinion... Generally a lot of students, meaning instruction can be unbalanced. A false sense of self protection and street fighting ability. Contracts that end up a roping you in for at least a year which is okay if it is a good school, but unfortunately there are many with instructors that give themselves higher ranks then charge you what a premium school charges... So why Taekwondo? Because the marketing is amazing, and most people who are non martial artists don't know any better. It looks cool, and the sales pitch is convincing. That's more than enough to entice someone... For an outside of the box perspective and documentary on Taekwondo, watch the foot fist way! Lol ;-)

DerAuslander
2/07/2013 8:20am,
Why is there so much interest in Taekwondo?

Someone start posting pictures of Hyori so this dude gets it.

DerAuslander
2/07/2013 8:22am,
little to no contact method of training.

Little to no contact method of training...

Wonder how I ended up with a retrograde concussion, multiple broken ribs, a dislocated hip, a nose broken thrice, and broken fingers...

erezb
2/07/2013 8:42am,
Dislocated hip....jeeeeeessssuss ****, i though my shoulder is a bad injury.

Anywho, i think that a place that competes regularly can give you good striking tools.
I sparred/trained a lot with a national team TKD player and his kicks and tactics are fucking good. I don't get the automatic disrespect from some people. Go spar a competitive TKD guy (striking) and you will see that their spinning back kicks are lethal .

SmH
2/07/2013 10:21am,
Because it's manlier than ballet...

I think it was Van Damme who one stated that "the average ballet dancer makes the average kickboxer look like a clown".

Azatdawn
2/07/2013 10:37am,
Little to no contact method of training...

Wonder how I ended up with a retrograde concussion, multiple broken ribs, a dislocated hip, a nose broken thrice, and broken fingers...

You fell down the escalator at the mall?