Thread: Why do you no longer train TKD?
12/27/2007 4:45pm, #11Originally Posted by Omega Scrooged Me
1. The guy got pissed that you didn't acknowledge his head kick? What a douche. Strikes above the head followed by smugness are lame as hell. It would have been more awesome if he actually kicked you in your iron skull, and you still didn't acknowledge his kick.
2. After you jud0wned a black belt, the instructor pulled you aside and questioned your black belt?
12/27/2007 8:54pm, #12
I started in TKD in January of 2000, was in it for about 2 years. During that time I was the epitomy of the martial arts noob, sinking further into Bruce Lee mythology and thinking that old kung fu movies were the textbooks of real fighting. I'd buy up every book I could get my hands on from used book stores, on topics ranging from ninjitsu, to weapons, to even chi kung.
I'd go to class 5 days a week, training my ass off. One day at high school, I get with this guy who trained in Kung Fu - who I heard was a pretty tough guy, having competed in San Shou tournaments and such. We started a school club for martial arts, inviting all styles to come together and spar/train.
This is where I learned I knew **** about fighting. At best, I was stuck practicing a sport. Sure it had some benefits, and some techniques that did work, but for the most part, what I was training and how it was trained wasn't cutting it. I sparred practitioners of MT, kung fu, and also got a taste of grappling, all which owned me pretty hard.
I got caught up in delusions of grandeur, about how I'd change TKD to work, and how me and my assistant instructor would combat all forms of bullshido in TKD. But after a while, I just got in touch with reality and quit once I got to college.
This is a great thread. I'd be willing to bet there's a ton of people who quit TKD who don't venture into this style forum... maybe we could move this to YMAS?
12/27/2007 9:37pm, #13
I don't know, I'd rather not turn it into a joke thread.
12/28/2007 8:47am, #14
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- Dec 2005
Hence the reason I didn't start in in YMAS.
12/28/2007 9:11am, #15
12/28/2007 2:44pm, #16
Some excellent posts here. Thanks to Ronin74 and Omega and all....
One can only do so much. I've had problems with various arts. My last attempt was to askl Prof Buell of Universal Kempo about his rule against grabbing (limbs or gi) during sparring - I was polite, but nevertheless coming from KK and other karate styles where grabbing was allowed, I know that the grabless stylists get grabbed by ME and don't have a clue of how to prevent it, just like the karate/grapplers I spar who do takedowns make candy out of standup fighters who've never had to face a shoot.
Local TKD instructor is OK, but yells. A lot. Ex-military trained in Korea. Some Koreans (USU students and such) have trained here with him. He's pretty good, but the "drop and give me twenty" attitude gets real old.
12/28/2007 4:56pm, #17
I stopped training after I trained with the national team in korea for a few days and realized my school didn't cater to people who wanted to learn taekwondo, and it was just too embarressing to continue training there.Tough is not how you act, tough is how you train.
1/27/2008 10:23am, #18
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- Jan 2007
though it's not exactly why i "quit TKD"...
i knew these young (20-30 yrs old) TKD assitant instructors through friends. They were like "yeah drop by our dojang anytime and let's train together".
during my vacations, i decided (to save $) to not travel anywhere and just stay in town. So decided to give it a shot at TKD... (had trained as a kid).
i knew that i didn't want to be a full TKD guy, but just the idea of training at a new school to see how they train/warm up/drill/spar was interesting for me, and i was ready to pay on a class per class basis. i was even ready to practice kata and just oblige to other TMA stuff.
i go to the school (took me about an hour by bus and ****) and watched the kiddies train with the usual bullshity stance punches. but they still do look adorable and cute, so whatever.
i began to talk with the Sabum (not the younger assistants). He obviously wants me to join fulltime. He asks about my background and i mention BJJ (still a white belt now...).
His whole attitude changes. He turns his back on me as the kiddies class is over and the adults begin to warm up and stuff. i get excited to see my potentially future classmates. i wait politely at the counter... i wait and wait. then it became clear that he doesn't want me to train there. so i tell him that i'm leaving and go back home...
and that's how i didn't get to train TKD.
2/04/2008 12:23pm, #19
I quit after I got my second degree. Why? I was bored out of my skull. All I really ended up doing was teach teach teach for the school owner and not get any training for myself.SEANBABY:
"The seventh law of thermodynamics is that every time a fat person gets near a trapdoor, they fall in. Itís the closest thing we have to scientific proof of God."
2/14/2008 3:47pm, #20
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- Aug 2006
Dojang politics, when your instructor is the same rank as you and teaches BS and you call it you dont seem welcomed any more. so now i stopped training TKD and moved onto to judo
and im being taught by some very good instructors Sensei Hiram Cruz and Sensei John Fiege