Over the past few years, I have attended various TKD schools either as a guest (training) or as a visitor (sat in and watched classes). I have noticed the same thing that many of you already know.
TKD is seriously lacking in the usefulness for SD department. I cant help but wonder why this is. Is it because TKD has been commercialized so much that it has lost the "alive" training mentality that is needed for true SD usefulness?
Could it be because it never had SD applications to begin with? I cant believe this. ( I am reading the thread by TEA... http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=50936 , to get a better idea of the early history of TKD)
My school does ITF patterns. In some of the patterns, there are elbows, low kicks, and knees. There is even a wrist retention in Hwa-Rang (spelling?) I am just learning the 1st degree BB patterns, and have noticed the same things about them.
At my school, you are allowed to do CONTROLLED takedowns at BB level. (The problem with a CONTROLLED takedown is obvious, I dont want to get into that here)
Yet the takedowns are not actively taught or even encouraged.
I have had a small amount of Judo and BJJ training during my life, and while not an expert on takedowns, feel that I have some base in them. I wish to approach the school owner about adding a takedown attack and defense to the curriculum. I would also like to add, (as part of the takedown curriculum) some small amounts of ground defense (just , how to buck someone off, things like that) I am NOT teaching BJJ or Judo in ANYWAY, since I am not qualified to teach either.
There is a book by Staurt Anslow on this subject. I havent read it yet. If anyone else has, please feel free to chime in. There is someone on these boards claiming to be Anslow, wether he is or not I dont know.
My reasoning for adding this to the curriculum is two fold.
1. It will add some real value to the SD aspect of TKD (of course, added aliveness will also do this, but thats a different fight I have coming up, and I want to gradually add that to the curriculum)
2. It will help the TKD practitioners at my school, learn to go for the solid, high percenatge stuff (less high head kicks and spinning ****) and to be more aware of the consequences of lazy attacks on an opponent. (This is where I am hoping that "aliveness" will begin to flower on its own, and sneak in there)
Criticism and ideas are welcomed.