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    Does Tae kwon do help in MMA?

    Would taking tae kwon do help im mma fights.

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    Not much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCS View Post
    Not much.
    I disagree. TKD foot work and kicks along with the ability to adapt other styles allows for very unorthodox approaches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RexLGlenn View Post
    Would taking tae kwon do help im mma fights.
    No not really. Not pure TKD as it is normally found in the US. There are some Freestyle TKD schools(associations) and some TKD Muk Do Kwon schools(and associations) that have full contact kickboxing as a focus and compete in American Kick Boxing. That might help some, but again their not pure TKD. In fact most of the fundamental movements you will be forced to practice will have no practical application in your sparring on kickboxing.

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    Anthony Pettis and a few other fighters on the UFC roster have managed to apply their TKD style kicking with great success. That being said, these are people who grew up doing TKD, switched to full on mma training and adopted some of the skills they brought over with them.

    Same could be said for Machida or Wonderboy Thompson with karate. Actually Gunnar Nelson as well, iirc he had great success against Tumenov in the stand up which surprised just about everyone watching.

    Point being if you've trained TKD and you're moving into mma, it's not a complete waste. If you're training mma, however, and want to add TKD... that's kind of a long and inefficient road, which adds a lot of bad habits for any kind of full contact fighting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Supreme View Post
    I disagree. TKD foot work and kicks along with the ability to adapt other styles allows for very unorthodox approaches.
    Only TKD guy on the way up in the UFC right now is Yair Rodriguez. Cruikshank is busy pretending to be Don Frye in Rizin, and Pettis is on the way to Bellator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RexLGlenn View Post
    Would taking tae kwon do help im mma fights.
    Your time might be better spent with styles that have a better history of producing fighters that have done well in MMA & Kick Boxing.
    Someone out there might be able to make TKD work well for them but that person is going to be a special person. Especially given the quality of TKD instruction is pretty hit or miss.
    For example, Serkan Yılmaz went 3-4 in K1 Its some of the best "TKD" seen in that sort of event.

    Of the single rapier fight between valiant men, having both skill, he that is the best wrestler, or if neither of them can wrestle, the strongest man most commonly kills the other, or leaves him at his mercy.
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    Also let me ask this if you want to learn something for MMA why not go to a school with a MMA curriculum?
    Of the single rapier fight between valiant men, having both skill, he that is the best wrestler, or if neither of them can wrestle, the strongest man most commonly kills the other, or leaves him at his mercy.
    –George Silver, Paradoxes of Defence

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodlun View Post
    Your time might be better spent with styles that have a better history of producing fighters that have done well in MMA & Kick Boxing.
    Someone out there might be able to make TKD work well for them but that person is going to be a special person. Especially given the quality of TKD instruction is pretty hit or miss.
    For example, Serkan Yılmaz went 3-4 in K1 Its some of the best "TKD" seen in that sort of event.

    That looks suspiciously like a kickboxer that just learned a lot of spinning ****.

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    Let me get this over with. I'm pretty sure you all know what I'm going to say:

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    ... Applicable in MMA, but for a relatively narrow context. Spinning kicks can be fucking devastating if they land and take your opponent completely off guard, but they're not exactly bread-and-butter techniques for most fighters.

    Seeing as how Taekwondo is already in your style field, may I ask what organization you train under? If it's ITF, you already have a leg up on other TKD dudes looking to transfer into MMA in terms of dealing with head punches (Although you'll definitely need to dedicate some time to boxing).

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