So I had an interesting conversation
With this guy in a CVS store the other day. I was in there looking for some ointment (damn sparring incident) when he walked by. I was wearing my red instructor's jacket so when he saw it he walked back over.
Him: "Yeah I noticed your jacket. Is that Karate or something else?"
Me: "It's Taekwondo"
Him: "Karate, Taekwondo. What's the difference?"
Me: "Karate is a Japanese martial art whilst Taekwondo is Korean. Though early Taekwondo is said to be influenced by certain Karate styles in its origin."
Him: "Oh ok. So what do you learn how to do?"
Me: "It's known primarily as a kicking art, from simple to flashy."
Him: "So all Taekwondo does is kicks?"
Me: "No not entirely. We use other strikes like knees, elbows and punches. And hand techniques like blocks."
Him: "Ah alright. So you could take out a Boxer or something right?"
Me: 'Well, it would depend."
Him: "On what?
Me: "On the experience and talent of the fighter. A well trained Boxer could beat a Taekwondoist and vice versa."
Him: "But don't Boxers only use fists? You have kicks AND your fists."
Me: "True but that doesn't mean I can go and challenge Vladimir Klitchsko to a fight and expect to just dominate with roundhouse kicks."
Him: *laughs* "Yeah thats true. Are there any Taekwondo guys in the UFC?"
Me: "Yeah there's some. They may not use it as their primary striking art but there are different fighters that hold black belts in it. Not jsut UFC but other MMA leagues also. Cung Le has a black belt in it, but his striking style is mostly San Shou kickboxing."
Him: "Ok ok. Ever though about going to the UFC?"
Me: "Nah that's not for me. I love MMA and I have a lot of respect and admiration for fighters that compete but I don't think it's the path for me."
Him: "What about grappling? Does Taekwondo do any grappling?"
Me: "It really depends on the instructor and the school. There are some Taekwondo schools where all they do is kick and Olympic style sparring. Where as others have a more balanced art where they do all aspects of fighting. Not just strikes. Mine for example did teach us throws, submission locks and a little grappling. Some Taekwondo schools even burrow it from other arts."
Him: "What do you mean burrow?"
Me: "Well there's another Korean martial art called Hapkido that has some similarities to Taekwondo. Hapkido though employs a lot more joint locks, throws and submissions along with striking, then Taekwondo. It's also very big on weapon use and defense against weapons from knives to guns. Some Taekwondo schools use techniques from Hapkido as part of their teaching."
Me: "Not just Hapkido but arts like Judo or Jiu-jitsu."
Him: "Wow man that's cool. So do you teach?"
Me: "Yeah I do."
Him: "That's good man. Well keep at it then take care."
*he walks away*
Me: "....yeah you too"
I should have told him Steven Lopez could beat Arthur Abraham in a fight.