Posted On:2/17/2010 7:18pm
Style: Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido
To give everyone an update I recently quit training in TKD. The WTF rules are just too restrictive and counter intuitive for me. I have come to the realization that being stocky is a deficit in points fighting. WTF sparring resembles an acrobatic game of foot tag, and Iím not an acrobat. I am now trying out some local schools and trying to decide if I want to return to my old martial art, Muay Thai or if I want to give judo a try. Anyways guys thanks for all of the advice.
Posted On:2/18/2010 7:02am
why not do both? Judo and muay thai go great together
.. and thank god you have seen the light lol
Posted On:2/21/2010 7:20am
Style: tae kwon do
yes, i quit competing in sparring cause of point system, in my school (TKD) i use kickboxing as a part of our sparring regimen..
Posted On:5/03/2010 7:24pm
when I started tkd I was pretty stocky too, what my teacher said was to conserve my energy was to slowly step forward with my front foot and slide my back foot ( kind of like stalking my opponent) because the lighter guys bounce and switch stances and can kick fast and move out, this way they would always have to gauge their distance and I would also use a punch kick combo: punch punch front kick, slide out to Left/Right punch punch round house...
Posted On:5/13/2010 9:00am
Style: Wrestling, boxing, TKD
I see that you've quit but this is for all the other stocky fighters who may be reading this for advice. This is also good for if you return to TKD.
As a pretty stocky 5' 8" 175 pound TKD fighter, I remember my strategy was to constantly circle the opponent at a fast pace while moving in.
I would do this and when I got in range of their counter, it was generally a linear kick such as a side kick or a back kick and the circling helped me dodge easily along with a quick step forward.
Once you're in, punch hard to create some space then you start round house kicking the body and head.
If you body clinch, make a little pocket of space then crescent kick to the head.
If you're not flexible enough for that, push and do a roundhouse while jumping back a step.
ALWAYS stay in your range. NEVER give them breathing space. As a stocky guy, you have to make sure you have the cardio to do this so you better start running.
Hope this helped!
Last edited by Greed; 5/13/2010 9:03am at .
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Posted On:5/13/2010 9:40am
Did any of you people fight at anything more than just a local level?
Posted On:5/13/2010 10:04am
I recently competed in the NC State Championships and compete regularly at several regional tournaments. Though They might be small ones we do get people from all around.
Posted On:5/13/2010 2:29pm
I was at several local/regional tournaments, but that's still fighting at a local level.
But even though it was local, my city was pretty big and had a diverse group of people. I fared pretty well with a 2 or 3 golds 2 or 3 silvers and 1 bronze medal.
Posted On:5/13/2010 2:50pm
So after both of those posts the answer is no?
Posted On:5/14/2010 1:09pm
Style: The Way of Hand and Foot
Only tournaments I've fought in weren't good experiences. First one was the state championships back as a blue belt. I did not score a single point. Match ended 3-0. Second one was the same tournament this time I was a red belt. However, there was no one in my age division big enough to spar me so instead I had to have an exhibition match with my friend (also a red belt). Being that we spar each other every day and it wasn't for real we didn't take it serious and only went about a quarter of our abilities.
Bastards promised me a gold medal too. Never got it. :(
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