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    Olympic Taekwondo Training?

    I've done a lot of pussy strip-mall Tang Soo Do in my day, so I'm pretty sure I have a good understanding of how Taekwondo is trained at the common "kiddie karate" level. It's comically soft, with little combat or exercise value; against an untrained opponent of equal or slightly lighter size, the Taekwondo practitioner will typically have zero advantage and may even be worse off than if he studied nothing at all.

    My automatic assumption is that Olympic-level What The Fuck Taekwondo training is better than this. From what I've seen and heard, Olympic competitors are usually athletic monsters even if they practice an ostensibly pussy sport like race walking; when you're competing against the entire world, it obviously pays to work really fucking hard. The question is, how does the intensity of top tier Olympic TKD training stack up against other combat sports such as wrestling, Judo, or boxing? I've seen high-level Taekwondo competitors get their asses kicked in K-1 and MMA, but that has more to do with the technical failings of the style when put in an environment where they can actually get punched in the face and taken down. What I'm asking is, what passes for "hard work" in the Olympic Taekwondo world?



    Also, how big is the talent pool for international Taekwondo competition?

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    Originally posted by youtube
    This video contains content from the International Olympic Committee, who has blocked it from display on this website.
    That's different. It is usually a reference to general websites remote viewing or whatever ... not specific a "on this website"

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      #3
      Originally posted by BackFistMonkey View Post
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      That's different. It is usually a reference to general websites remote viewing or whatever ... not specific a "on this website"
      I guess they know how much I've been saying their style is for pussies.

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        #4
        AFAIK, it's still point fighting, but they have to land a pretty solid blow to count, Something like "a shivering strike" is the quote I remember.

        I saw a British loudmouth who was dissing Olympic TKD get called out by a smallish woman competitor. She quickly put him on the ground with a body kick. Still not something I'd recommend, but it's a long way from the strip mall.

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          #5
          Originally posted by ermghoti View Post
          AFAIK, it's still point fighting, but they have to land a pretty solid blow to count, Something like "a shivering strike" is the quote I remember.

          I saw a British loudmouth who was dissing Olympic TKD get called out by a smallish woman competitor. She quickly put him on the ground with a body kick. Still not something I'd recommend, but it's a long way from the strip mall.
          I would've knocked her ass out.

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            #6
            Naturally. But you're not a completely sedentary TV personality in your 50s.

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              #7
              There should be an Olympics where muay thai gets to challenge taekwondo for their Olympic slot.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Permalost View Post
                  There should be an Olympics where muay thai gets to challenge taekwondo for their Olympic slot.
                  I thought Thailand does field a TKD team every time.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by ermghoti View Post
                    AFAIK, it's still point fighting, but they have to land a pretty solid blow to count, Something like "a shivering strike" is the quote I remember.
                    Is not point fighting, but taking no risks and playing for points is somewhat encouraged.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Permalost View Post
                      There should be an Olympics where muay thai gets to challenge taekwondo for their Olympic slot.
                      TKD is probably an Olympic sport precisely because it sucks. People consider it to be more family friendly and less brutal than MT. I'd rather people weren't such pussies.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Jim Giant View Post
                        TKD is probably an Olympic sport precisely because it sucks. People consider it to be more family friendly and less brutal than MT. I'd rather people weren't such pussies.
                        I wouldn't, if less people were pussies then I would have to train harder. I prefer they stay soft and useless so I am at a higher level.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Jim Giant View Post
                          TKD is probably an Olympic sport precisely because it sucks. People consider it to be more family friendly and less brutal than MT. I'd rather people weren't such pussies.
                          TKD is an Olympic Sport because of the huge income potential to the IOC...

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                            #14
                            Are there any instances of top tier MMA gyms bringing in Olympic Taekwondo coaches to supplement their fighters' kicking games?

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Holy Moment View Post
                              Are there any instances of top tier MMA gyms bringing in Olympic Taekwondo coaches to supplement their fighters' kicking games?
                              Don't know about coaches but MVP is doing pretty well with his TKD background. 10 - 0 record, 9 wins in the first round. He's certainly got other skills but he makes good use of his kicks.

                              I'm looking forward to seeing how he performs when he fights higher level opponents.

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