Thread: TKD and your misconceptions
9/16/2005 8:35pm, #1
TKD and your misconceptions
I'd first like to say that I've been practicing Tae Kwon Do for 7 years now. I'm a first degree blackbelt and have been for 2 years. I don't plan on getting my second degree any time soon.
TKD has been killed as far as effectiveness is concerned by the media. According to 90% of the schools out there, big flashy jumping kicks are apparently very good at defeating your opponents. Yes, we've all seen it. We've seen the continuous olympic style sparring, and the wussy practioners of the art. But I've seen some really bad ass guys as well.
I've also been teaching for almost 4 years now. What I teach my students are practical applications of TKD. It's not 2000 years old, it's like 50 something depending on who you like the most. It's not some ancient art. It's not some crap like that. It's somewhere between the fluidity of chinese arts and the linearness of japanese arts.
I teach them how to punch, palm, block, elbow, hook, ridge, knee and knife hand when they're in close and how to roundhouse, side-kick, leg kicks, mid-section and yes head kicks from range. I teach them how to use the hips for power and the balls of the feet for speed and how to find a good balance in between.
We teach to get points with the foot and to attack with the shin/foot. No, we don't teach a student that a 720* spinning kick is a real attack. But yes, I do teach spinning heel kicks, and therein I teach WHEN to use them.
That's really the problem with TKD are the dellusional people who think that those kinds of things work. They don't teach how to effectively or when to use things. There is not a superficial philosophy that I teach. I tell them try to stay out of fights, but if you have to go for it and good luck.
I have also been doing Muay thai for 3 years now. I competed regularly in smoker matches and did very well because of TKD training. The things that I learned, the footwork, the quickness combined with the extra techniques from MT gave me a good edge.
I enjoy Tae Kwon Do and am very glad I took it. Do I do flashy kicks? Yes in fact I do. I can do a whole bunch of really acrobatic things, but I do it for fun and to build attributes. Do I use flashy kicks? Yes, I do throw the occasional spinning heel kick and jumping turning back kick. But I know when to use them.
It's hard to find a good TKD school that teaches realistic things. But it's good when you do, you can learn a lot. The end. Any questions?
9/16/2005 8:46pm, #2
Dude you need to use the search function before posting this. Trust me this has been done to death but we appreciate your feed.
9/16/2005 8:57pm, #3
I used that "find similar post" thing before I posted. It didn't show anything. :shrug:
9/16/2005 9:10pm, #4
If you're so proud of your TKD, why not put it in your style field?
9/16/2005 9:21pm, #5
I did for a while, but then I wanted to be witty.
9/16/2005 9:24pm, #6
Didn't you see the part that told you to stop fucking around and not make lame attempts at wit?
9/16/2005 10:17pm, #7
if you like TKD so much, why don't you marry it. Yeah, you seem to have missed the part where it says "No smart ass crap like "gun fu teehee" I think phrost made a threat to close the accounts of people without a real style in the style field, which he hasn't seemed to do to people who don't troll, but I'd recommend doing it anyway.
9/16/2005 10:22pm, #8
Haha, you're such a bully =P
You seemed so nice and friendly at the throwdown!!!!!
Anyhow Sirc, just change your Style field to what you actually train in, it's one of the rules of these boards.It's only fun and games until somebody loses and eye. Then it's fun and games in two dimensions!
9/16/2005 10:23pm, #9Originally Posted by Osiris
I have a basic understanding and knowledge of it and trying to "perfect" those basics.
9/16/2005 10:29pm, #10Originally Posted by Luan
I don't mean to sound like a bully :(