I'm legitimately confused as to what these preconceived notions could be.
Originally Posted by Bodhi108
Are you talking about the almost-unnecessary splitting-of-hairs between street vs sport? The distinction is valid, but there isn't an ideological or practical gulf between the two, as most ppl seem to believe.
This is based on experiences of my own, of course. There really isn't such thing as a clean slate or naked public square... everyone operates from basic ideological notions.
WTF Taekwondo works perfectly in WTF Taekwondo competitions, just as
Originally Posted by blackmonk
Muay Thai works perfectly in Muay Thai competitions and
La Boxe Francaise-Savate works perfectly in La Boxe Francaise-Savate competitions.
And this is also the case with Judo in Judo competitions and BJJ in BJJ competitions.
The competition ruleset determence how the Combat Sport evolves.
If you are going to place a TKDka in a Muay Thai competition without training for that ruleset, gues what, the TKDka will lose, but that's also is true when you put a Muay Thaier in a TKD competition.
You can substitude TKD with Judo and Muay Thai with BJJ and the above statement will still be true.
So without knowing the ruleset that you have in mind on which you base your assumption, I can't really say if WTF Taekwondo (which is full-contact btw) is effective or not, yet if a TKDka would know this ruleset, you can be sure that he/she would crosstrain for that ruleset...just as the Muay Thaier, Savateur, Judoka and BJJer would do.
I'm not touching the "street vs sport" with a 50 foot pole.