A korean modern
(ie last 200 years) martial
art created for military combat.
art has become so popular that it has suffered from a severe case of McDojos & huge increase of the sport
version over the traditional
art, 10 year old black-belts are far too common & the McDojos are everywhere. The sport
version is split into two branches
WTF & ITF where
the latter allows
boxing methods to be employed. Unfortunately
is nearly completely
useless for self-defence due to its point-system emphasising
high kicks over strategic attack, penalty on aggressiveness in combat & not allowing grappling/clinching which all other sport
-arts allow on some level + in WTFs scenario restarts after
There is then the even
worse branch ATA which is scam-artists
at its best, ATA isn't recognised by the Koreans as a real branch of Taekwondo
& ATA refuse to compete in ITF/WTF competitions alongside charging high prices for training.
is like any other art, a complete system in all aspects with grappling/locks/takedowns & strikes + weapon combat. Unfortunately
it is far & few between to come across, Taekwondo
is a prime example of what
can potentially happen when a martial
art is turned into a sport
, though this
hasn't been the case for many sport
-arts such as Judo which is a highly effective system adapted to many police forces.
: I started ITF Taekwondo, now if anybody
tries to beat me up i'll kick them in the face
Jack: You're aware
that the high kicks are in most cases NOT the best
option especially where you will most likely get attacked ie alleys & crowded clubs? Let alone Taekwondo doesn't prepare you for multiple attackers & the potential for weapons being involved OR escaping if your
kick is grappled.
Oh and they also
hand out belts like
candy in many cases. Do the sport if you want but don't fool yourself John
into thinking it will be reliable to use fully in a fight.