I was just wondering for the people here who practice TKD, why do you take it? The reason I ask is because...well, people ask me all the time. I always say that TKD is THE martial art that will make you the toughest. After all the bashing you will get from other m.a.ist you have no choice but to grow a thick skin. It's not effective, are you crazy? why bother kicking that high, its for kids, its just karate but not as good, you guys don't know how to punch. Just some of the things I hear all the time. Don't get me wrong, i'm not ashamed of my art and I love it. I don't disagree with some of the statements I hear either. I just love tkd and it happen to be effective for me in a few situations. Might of been luck, don't know. So I always tell people the same thing. Its the art that fits me the best. I'm very comfortable kicking. I've taken it on and off since was 7. I love the martial arts side of it and I love the sports side of it. I enjoy forms and putting on the pads to try and knock my opponents head off...or run around my opponent because I'm about to get my head knocked off. Either way its the art I enjoy the most after trying a few others. Southern Praying Mantis, bjj(which is awesome by the way), judo(which I love almost as much as tkd) and krav maga. So just curious, why do you take tkd even when the bashing and critism seems neverending?