Why I Quit Tae Kwon Do (and Aikido)


Howdy! Ando again from Happy Life
Martial Arts. My first formal martial arts training was in Taekwondo– ITF if
you’re interested. I stayed long enough to earn my first black belt but I never
wore it. Instead I went out searching for a different art and since some people
have asked me why, today I thought I’d tell you. First off, if you clicked this
video hoping to hear me bash Taekwondo, no–that’s not gonna happen. The fact is I
learned many important lessons as a student of Taekwondo. At one point in my
life it was the perfect art for me. So, if you’re training in Taekwondo and it’s
the perfect art for you. Keep going. But for me, eventually there were two reasons
that convinced me to quit. One might sound a little silly, the other is more
serious. Let’s start with silly. Reason number one–fear of the future. Here’s the
thing, I wanted to find an art that I could still be pretty good at in my 60s
70s and dare I say beyond, but in Taekwondo, even in my physical prime, I
found myself spending more time stretching and conditioning than
actually practicing fighting skills, which is what I wanted to learn. Now
don’t get me wrong, I believe in staying in shape, but I don’t believe that I
should have to be able to do a full split to be at my best. And it wasn’t
just me whining about this, by the way– my instructors were always complaining
about how their backs hurt, or their legs were getting tighter, or how their bodies
were slowing down, and these guys were in their 30s. Their 30s!
Look, growing older is going to put limitations on everyone–I get that, but I
got the feeling that if I stayed in Taekwondo I would be facing more
limitations than students of other arts. Can you practice Taekwondo without all
the fancy high kicks? Of course you can, but I personally hated the idea of
devoting years of my life to developing skills that would only get
harder to do over time, not easier. I also didn’t like the idea of possibly needing
hip replacements. And yes I know there are 60 and 70 year old Taekwondo masters
out there who can still kick like they’re 20–good for them. I just wasn’t sure if I
could be one of them. Bottom line– my fears and insecurities were telling me
that if I stayed in Taekwondo by the time I hit 60, I’d be breaking my bones
instead of boards. The second reason I quit Taekwondo, in case you thought that
first reason was a little silly, is that Taekwondo was four arts in one. I don’t
know about your school, but in my Taekwondo school we practiced a lot of
forms. We also practiced free sparring. But wait there’s more!
We also practiced three steps and one steps. We also practiced self-defense
techniques for grabs and chokes and weapons. We also spent a lot of time
stretching and conditioning. We also broke boards. The way I saw it we were
being asked to improve four distinct sets of skills– forms, free sparring,
prearranged sparring, and self-defense. Now that wouldn’t be a problem if the
principles and movements were the same between each of the sets of skills, but
they weren’t. The principles and movements that we practiced in forms
were completely different from the principles and movements that we
practiced in sparring or self-defense. I mean completely different! Talk about
confusing. Should I stay on the balls of my feet and bounce around or stay low
and drive my heel into the floor? Boy, dropping to a knee with a spinning knife
hand sure looks cool when we do one steps. I wonder why no one does that in forms,
sparring, or self-defense? What’s up with wrist locks? They work
great with the rubber knives but I can’t grab anybody’s hand when we spar. Is that
even legal? Why does that black belt look so powerful when he does his forms but
keep getting kicked in the face when we spar? Why won’t they let me wear a red
uniform? Someday I will wear red! To be fair, my biggest gripe with Taekwondo was
not the art, it was how the art was being taught in my school. Ten minutes of this,
fifteen minutes of that, 20 minutes of something else. Just when I was making
progress in one set of skills we’d switch to a different set of skills. It
felt like TKD suffered from ADHD, which taught me an
important lesson as a student and then later as a teacher– sometimes the more
you learn, the less you learn. Maybe that’s why arts like Brazilian jiu-jitsu,
Muay Thai boxing, or the sport of MMA in general, have been growing in popularity.
It’s not that their techniques are necessarily more effective than any
other arts, it might just be because they offer a more focused training experience. A focused training experience leads to more consistent skill development, which
leads to more confidence, which leads to feeling great instead of confused and
frustrated. Let me give you an example– if you check out a typical BJJ class ,you’re
gonna practice the same moves the same way throughout the entire class. The
moves that you practice in warm-ups are the same moves you practice in drilling
and the moves you practice in drilling you’re going to use when you practice
rolling. And guess what? When you come back to the next class you’re gonna
practice those same moves the same way all over again.
Now, that sounds like such an obvious teaching methodology, doesn’t it?
Repetition. But not all arts do that. Many schools break up their art into jagged
pieces that don’t easily fit back together again. As a result, as a student
you can end up feeling like you’re making slow
progress or worse no progress. For the record, like BJJ, I found a very focused
training experience in Aikido. Sure, lots of people love to make fun of Aikido for
spending all of their time on a relatively small number of techniques. On
the other hand, they spend all of their time on a small number of techniques!
Even when we practiced with a jo or a sword, those movements were directly
related to the empty hand techniques. As a result, when I would walk out of an
Aikido class those techniques really stuck with me. Now unfortunately, where I
felt Taekwondo offered too many skills to master,
I felt that Aikido didn’t offer me enough, So I quit that art too, but are
you gonna hear me bash Aikido? No. The fact is I learned a lot of important
lessons there, too. So to be clear, I have nothing but respect for every style of
martial arts. Each one can teach you something or many things. I’m also not
saying that all traditional styles– Taekwondo, Karate, Kung Fu– suffer from
being four arts in one. Some schools are excellent at building connections
between forms and drills and sparring and self-defense, but years ago when I
was searching for a more focused Taekwondo school, I couldn’t find one.
Thankfully, I eventually found styles and more importantly teachers, who made me
happy. Which styles were those? It doesn’t matter! That’s my martial arts journey, not yours. I would prefer if you took a moment to
ask yourself, “Am I getting what I want out of my style, my school, and my teacher?” If you are then stay right there. Work as hard as you can for as long as you can.
But if you’re not getting what you want, hey– no hard feelings. Take a look around
and see if you can find a style or school that will help you meet your
goals. Just remember this– you don’t have to
hate where you are to be excited about where you’re going. Everything is worth
something. If you liked this video, thanks for subscribing to the channel and
sharing with a friend. Until next time, stay focused, my friend, and keep fighting
for a happy life.

100 Replies to “Why I Quit Tae Kwon Do (and Aikido)

  1. sir… aikido is a long way to learn, I practice aikido since 5 years ago, and let me tell you that aikido save my life against six bastards who trying to get my wallet and phone…
    it's not the lambo that make you a good driver, it's to drive every day to be better, so you must to respect other martial arts and don't call bullshit without basements.
    Ok?

  2. Too many things you're sharing here. I can dispute some and back the others. But generally I like your approach of thinking and searching. Personally I left Hapkido with black belt. To that time most my efforts were devoted to keep in memory 50+ formal complexes. Little room left for honing real self defense application and situation worsened with each consecutive grade. Aikido was almost perfect, as we worked on the few fundamental principles all the time. But aikido is scarce of my favorite leg techniques ( At the end, I suppose , any inquisitive martial artist inevitably comes to its own system that accumulates its rethinked lifetime training experience.

  3. The very best form of martial arts is the one that is good for you and I don't believe one is better than the other cos there all have something different to offer that each one lacks so no martial arts discipline is useless for there all complement each other to make for a singular complete art form of fighting.

  4. Let's face it If you get into an octagon? Then you will definitely know if you can handle yourself or not. Street or UFC is the same pressure. That settles all arguments.

  5. I did wado ryu karate for several years, then quit it pretty much for the same reason as you quit TKD. I then tried Wing Tsung a few months, thinking it would improve my self defense skills. It actually did, in the way that it made me move to a more mixed MA and so I went for Yoseikan Budo. That is a real mix of traditional arts: karate, judo, aikido, kendo, western boxing. After two years I quit that too, I was busy studying and had to move to another town. If I should do martial arts again, I would choose Japanese Ju Jitsu. What you said, about mastering deeply a few techniques you can use no matter which the case, I think that’s the true secret to effective martial art.

  6. Hello there Ando. Excellent presentation. Everyone will find their own Way. I hung up my belt, in my 60s now. However, still practicing with the Jo. I enjoy it immensely. Thanks for sharing. Peace b with u.

  7. I'm a boxer, or at least a former one (in my 50s), and I considered it great for conditioning and self-defense. Muy Thai is also one of the most effective. Do like ju jitsu, but only as a supplement to the other two. I don't think it's practical to take things to the floor in a real fight especially in an uncontrolled environment. I think the rule is: the floor is the last place you would want to be. Street fights don't last but seconds. The problem I have with MMA is that, and I can only speak about boxing, but I feel it might apply to other areas, it's more of a ground fighting game. If you take the best MMA fighter today and I am certain they are not the best in Muy Thai or Ju Jitsu, certainly not even close in boxing.

  8. If anyone thinks that martial arts (or styles) is about learning 'skills' or techniques, that would be a futile thing to attempt as there are near infinite ways to do things.
    Rather, one should understand that martial arts is about learning 'principles' through the techniques and forms. You cannot use the 'techniques' in real combat since each person is different size, speed, strength and you do not know what attack the opponent will use against you, and finally, you will most likely not be able to block kicks or punches because chasing hands and feet are futile due to the speed of the extremities… the extremities are VERY fast, faster than the eye…but the center is slow and always remains slow. And everything comes from the center.

    So if all actions start from the slow moving center, then it follows that you should learn the principles of those finite movements, positions, and postures… knowing these finite things vaporizes the need for being able to intercept/block all kicks and punches and throws. This is because you can neutralize those near infinite attacks by neutralizing their source.

    This is a hard thing to teach, so teachers have used forms, drills, techniques to first train the body to move in required manners…then afterwards in the advanced stages, as the student begins to understand the common principles illustrated by each drill, technique, and form, she can abandon the thought "I must do this technique or form like this or that way." And the student becomes free from the constraints of the form/technicalities and he is a living manifestation of the principles of the art itself. He will begin to move in daily life with those principles so that he minimizes his exposure to danger and thus won't find himself in disadvantaged situations, postures or positions.

    So in summary, the forms, techniques, and drills are likened to the finger pointing the way to the moon. And the principles that those forms illustrate are akin to the moon itself. And we ought not to mistaken the pointing finger for the moon itself. In my understanding, it matters not what art if you understand this view.

  9. Sir, thank you, blessed to listen have listen to this talk, more info. to share with our kids and my wife, and friends…. we are a TKD family…

  10. Hello , I just earned my black belt in taekwondo at the age of 55 . I understand what your saying about the high kicks and segmented training . I don’t think In 5 years I’d be able to do some of the kicks I’m doing now . I’m getting to the point where it’s a struggle and I don’t see myself advancing much further . I’m seriously considering taking classes for Krav Maga , from what I’ve seen it seems more practical for self defense.

  11. Interesting viewpoint.
    — I think of Martial arts like school. And in school you don't just learn Math. Reading, P.E., Science, Tech, History etc. are all important for different reasons.
    — Martial Arts is the same imo. Kata teaches control through discipline. Sparring teaches force control and agility. Self Defense teaches body mechanics and resistance. Grappling teaches coordination and body mechanics on the ground.
    — If you were to take any of that out, you'd lack a skill set. And I think most schools want well rounded students, not necessarily just the best fighters. Which is where the rub comes in, because most students just want to be the Action movie fighter.

  12. I've been practicing Muay Thai/KB since the 90s. I'm older now and my knees are getting weak from the shin kicks. I find Judo and BJJ suits me best now. It can be brutal as it is portrayed in MMA but also can be kind and gentle.

  13. Fear of the future! I am experiencing that now. At 58, 34 years of Tang Soo has just about crippled me! And being unable to perform to my standards is downright depressing. I love the kicks, practical or not, and if I could still practice and do it justice I would adhere to the methods I was taught. I was attracted to kicking because I wasn't confident with my punching ability, something very important. So I used my height and longer reach, learning how to control the range and kick folks. But I have turned into a puncher, and I have complete confidence with my ability to pound anybody, but kicking? On the bag, but way too slow for the TSD kicks I learned. And time is still a factor, so I can't devote time to all of the things TKD and TSD demanded. I think they consider it to be a holistic art but, as you say, too many jagged pieces. So I use what I can but my training looks more like Savate than any sort of karate based training.

    I heard an 'internet personality' bash the traditional arts, saying we dressed up like cosplay and couldn't fight. (Notice how I said 'we' even though I don't strictly adhere to any sort of TSD teachings. It shows that we are proud of our accomplishments and still part of a family!) And when we extol the virtues of discipline and personal development, it was claimed we don't have a monopoly on that, as any combative art required those skills or they would become mere fitness exercises. I don't doubt this, but here is one thing- I know there are bad instructors out there, who are using the arts for personal gain and not so much for your education. But I see few of them bashing BJJ or boxing. In fact, many consider it a good supplement after you have mastered your core art. When I go into a traditional studio I expect to hear about lineage. What good is that? Well, I can fact check and see what I am getting. And the time involved in getting a certificate under your master is a good indication you may be honest and have personal integrity and not be running a Mcdojo. But I see far too many guys with a little bit of boxing, some high school wrestling and a smattering of MMA try to make a buck off impressionable young people that see themselves as the next UFC superstar. In TSD all I wanted was to not look like a fool when sparring with my teacher, for example. Where would you go with TSD or TKD? Is winning a trophy at some podunk tournament anything but an energy drink for the ego? You have given me more food for thought. Thanks for the insights! Tang Soo!

  14. My thoughts, find a martial art that suits you and practice it at it's purest form and don't worry about all the nonsense involved with the overly ridiculous options that come with the school.

  15. Ah the journey to martial arts enlightenment, is like a finger pointing to the Moon…Slap… don't concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that Heavenly Glory!

  16. I trained ITF. I also loved ITF but I realized I could no longer kick as high or as flexible. I learned much from Tae Kwon Do but I move on to other arts for similar reasons.

  17. Boxing/Maui Thai/grappling/MMA kinda exposed TM and it's not practical in real street fighting. A person with boxing and wrestling background can kill a TM

  18. I've been training in TKD for just over 4 years, I'm 55 and have just achieved Red belt. This video is spot on really, although I have a fantastic committed teacher, it is so difficult to get really proficient in any of the TKD disciplines simply because there is so much to learn. But TKD is a journey, and every student must realise that the journey starts once you have achieved Black Belt. I am also afraid that my body will give up before I become proficient. It is such a tough physical sport.

  19. I can relate with your 2nd reason. What I did was that I solely focused on forms (and their practical applications) and self defense.

  20. Ok I just enrolled my 5 year old daughter for TKD classes atleast for self defense. Should I still keep her there or withdraw asap?

  21. ITF is an altered form of the original military style of Taekwondo and does not use a lot of the original strikes that include elbows and fist strikes. It was designed to be a sport with point scoring rather than a self defence.
    As to the high kicks, while great to watch they are not necessary as they are easier to avoid than a mid section strike.
    All martial arts and self defence need a certain level of fitness to be executed and as we get older our options are more limited. It is then a matter of choosing the techniques and combinations you can achieve without all of the fancy high kicks and jumping kicks a younger student may use.
    A punch to the throat and a simple sidekick may all be needed instead of 10 rounds on the street.

  22. There is a point here that nobody has mentioned. If you do kata and learn the wrong moves 10000 times, you will probably not do the right thing when you need it. Kata in TKD is absurd long way from reality.

  23. After 20 years of Tang Soo Do I had to quit and my 4th dan instructor had to quit due to our hips and back. The fancy kicks are pretty but almost useless. I really didn't learn how to fight in Tang Soo Do just discipline and motivation. I learned how to fight when I was kick boxing in IKF and boxing. I learned ground attacks from wrestling and some judo and strength from power lifting. As you can see in the UFC traditional martial arts are for the most part useless. Katas are just a pretty dance. Having a partner in karate that's just let's you throw him around and fake punches are a joke. And the biggest fail of traditional martial arts is no one really ever gets hit. I don't care if you are a 9th degree black belt if you have never been really hit by someone like a boxer, when you do your training will go out the window and you be wondering what just happened.

  24. What you said about bjj is not completely true. There is really a lot or techiques to learn. You need to pick your favorites and create your A-game according to what works for you in sparring. The reason you learn bjj rather quickly is that you're only taught things that work in sparring and you can 'feel' them as you train. There is no "beauty contest" it's all practical. About aikido… it is completely the opposite, nothing is tested in sparring and it's all about beatiful moves without any practical use anywhere. I'd like to say I respect everything but aikido is complete BS. A scam.

  25. I don’t blame you I quit TKD after my black belt too it’s lame as fuck now I’d rather learn mix martial arts or box to perfect fighting skills

  26. At an early stage, TKD was truly what it was promoted as, "Korean Karate." I learned TKD/Chung Do Kwan back in the late 60's. In those days, TKD was basically Shotokan karate with high kicks. The Forms I was taught were JAPANESE forms: Taikyoku 1-3, Pinan 1-5 and Tekki 1-3. In those days, most of those who taught this style were current or former military so the training was tough. There were no children and very few women. Within a decade or so, all that changed. The Japanese elements were eliminated and the training was made less military and more "family friendly" therefore more financially profitable. I switched to Japanese Kempo and later American Kenpo.

  27. That 4 arts is a legit waekness of most tkd schools …my teacher hated forms honestly…90's tkd was training to sparr and sparring to fight ..we did little else ..now that 1st corrupt judges and then electronic scorring has ruined tkd competition the only place I see those old school moves being used with bad intentions is in MMA oddly enough…

  28. Tae Kwon Do is kicking and that's it…it is a sport and it will keep you fit. At it's highest levels it is very acrobatic. For some that is enough. Some just concentrate on Katas and they enjoy it. Obviously if you want something else you go for something else. Those looking for a fighting art should consider Boxing, Jiu Jitsu/Wrestling, Muy Thai, or Kick Boxing. Or put them all together and go mma. But that is not for everyone. Actual fighting requires a mind set and does not come in a package. You are either a fighter or not. Nothing wrong with Tae Kwon Do as an art or sport.

  29. I started in Taekwondo when I was 7 till i was 21 in WTF, achieving 3rd Dan. I left mainly for the reason of life events , marriage children . But the BIG thing is that what i learnt never left me and helped me through many other aspects in my life. At the age of 43 I decided to go back this time I found a Traditional Taekwondo School in ITF based on General Choi Hong Hi teachings. I found a new lease on learning at the age of 43 and after 5 yrs of training hard I have achieved my 2nd Dan heading to my 3rd in 12 months. I train every week and have learnt so much more this time around. YES we do everything as explained in the video but we teach so much more and the transitioning from Patterns , sparring , self Defense and Step Sparring is focused on how you train in the Dojang is how you react in real life. Learning Tradition , philosophies and much more keeps me focused not just in the Dojang but in real life too. Enjoy your day and let the NEW YEAR bring to each of you your goals in life.

  30. Your video came across my youtube channel. I started in the Martial Arts in 1981. I stayed in the Korean Martial Arts Tae-kwon-do , Hapkido, and some judo until 1998 received my 3rd degree Blackbelt. My feelings is if you spend a lot of time at it 10 plus years you really should create your own style. You should know your strengths and weaknesses example when I did some wresting in Ohio I did not have a low center of gravity did okay at it but by the same token my legs were very strong and upper body strength so I would want to utilize those areas. I am not a great believer in high flying and spinning kicks yes I throw a few spinning left kick to keep a person honest but by the same token a low round house with over 1,000 pounds of pressure can do a lot of damage not fancy but effective. My thesis is if you spent a lot of time studying you really should learn to be a eagle utilize your strengths some people feel comfortable with the fancy spin kicks great some people feel great taking a person to the ground great but some people have a nasty left kick and punch that is what worked for me may not work for others but it took over 20 years to understand this

  31. Love it! In my Hapkido class we believe in principle based education. Meaning the techniques in the forms are the same used in drills and sparring. It makes it one cohesive experience and I love it!

  32. You're right, even in many wing Chun schools. They spend most of their time doing chi sao everyday all day. But dont know how to apply it in a pre contact situation. This video was very respectful to your old styles of tkd and aikido.

  33. It would be interesting to see what styles you chose?

    If your 40's+ and think about training seriously in BJJ, boxing, MuayThai then you will break just as well.

    Especially, if you got high mileage (old injuries) on your aging combat chassis.

    There are many old warriors with jacked up spinal cords, and dilapidated shoulders, hips and knees.

    You are right in that you have to ask yourself some serious practical questions concerning your training but you need to be realistic about aging and physical limitations and train accordingly.

  34. Love your no hate approach. You can very easily find “your thing” without bashing other people’s. Keep killing it Sensei! Awesome guidance

  35. Great video, I quit japanese kempo to do kickboxing because I wanted to FOCUS on simple and efficient techniques. If you re interested I did a docuementary about the youngest professionnal female kickboxer in Japan, is on my channel. Thank you.

  36. Interesting video. I got to Red belt in TKD & then left for other arts. (UWTA)… personally im Not a big fan of forms & 1 steps.

  37. Systema. Watched your videos on being in a systema class and I believe you should give it a try for a year. Systema makes you confront your Ego, fear, your whole spirituality and being. Nothing I have ever attempted made me face so many obstacles from one source.

  38. Tkd…here's the thing. The "art" is merely a derivative of the original…depending on who is teaching. It could even a chimera of many styles. Tang Soo do. Karate from all regions of whatever part of Japan.
    Also, tkd is damn near easy…as far as progressing. It's almost as if they give away promotion belts, and their "tournaments" are misleading. No fight ends where one hit is made lightly to the chest. That sets a stigma into the budding karateka that's how life works. I could go on, but as with any art or form…you shouldn't stop at just one. True mastery is when you incorporate that form Into yourself and make it your own…Jeet kun do.

  39. Just gonna our this out here as someone that has been practicing Taekwondo for the past 13 years and gone through the competition rout. Full splits is not needed at all. And the master that I’ve met that are older and can still move like they are 20 say the same thing. “Don’t get get super flexible” you need to stretch. But do it to much like a lot of sparring athletes do, and you body will quit on you.

  40. YES! You described me all along. I'm Brazilian, love bjj but now i'm just doing MMA especifics. 30 years and 4 different martial arts, no black belt in neither. All I hate the most is all those bulshit of philosophy, breathing, Chakara, Chi, bla bla bla …. I want to learn the fucking shit necessery to deffend myself. DONT CARE who was "shifu" this, "master" that and bulshit katas, kangeikos, etc…

  41. Great critique of TKD. I'm in Tang Soo Do, and everything you said is the same. I kind of think of forms as the martial art you do when you are too old or afraid to spar.

  42. “TKD suffered from ADHD” is the perfect description. I went through the same thing at my school too. Since then I’ve been looking up methods of training myself in the art. Just learning the techniques and figuring out how to apply them practically with other martial arts.

  43. Wow. Another right on video. I started Kajukenbo at 50 and made it to my brown belt. My Dojo was quite small, in a tiny town, although my instructor was the second-highest ranking in CA, WA, HA. Due to our small size, I represented our Dojo in several tournaments and although signed up in the 18 and over category, placed in every event I entered, which brought great pride to my instructor. And joy to me. I really am not a competitive person but I was pretty blown away with my wins. I come from a yoga/dance background and began Martial Arts for self-defense training and honestly to build my confidence. I was very codependent and broken when I started and owe much to the art. And then I had a serious wrist break and my Mom died and I went internal for a while. When I resumed practice at my Dojo, my instructor treated me horribly. I was rebuilding physically and had a rough re-entry. I guess I was not enough if I was not at the level I was pre-injury. For a while, I left every class on the verge of tears. And then I needed to move and found a place in a town an hour away. I admitted to myself that I had been hating going to class. I was hanging on as I was so close to my black belt. It was hard to let go of that but found an academy in my new town that has BJJ, kickboxing and Mov Nat, all things I have been yearning for. Still healing from the injury, but I let go. My thought is, who cares? It is not the black that is important, but my training and what is not only good for me, but fun. I love Martial Arts. Thanks for your videos. I love your teachings.

  44. I don't think it's fair to compare boxing, MMA, BJJ, muay thai to TKD and other traditional systems of martial arts training, their focuses are/were just too different.

    For example, an MMA coach feels like a success when his or her student wins lots of fights because of their training, whereas a traditional martial arts instructor feels like a success when his or her student gets better grades in school and makes better life decisions because of their training.

  45. Why is escrima rarely if ever mentioned in these MA forums? This art is pretty serious and meant for true self- preservation/defense. It offers empty hand, locks, throws, joint manipulations, breaks, traps, long/medium/short- range, stick and knife fighting, and disarms?

  46. Great video. I feel the same way. Been taking tkd for 9 years. I'm 46 and compete alot. Problem is I'm so sorry now I only do 2-4 tires of kicks to assure I get a point or don't open me up to counters

  47. If you are training for self preservation, learn, carry, and be willing to use the most superior weapons possible. Guns, sticks, and knives. If your laws don’t allow for this, learn to use improvised weapons. Finally learn to use your body. Never hit someone with a fist when you can use a rock, or other tool. Remember that the best defense is a good offense. If you are defending, you are at least one attack behind your attacker. Your success rate is severely diminished. Even the best fighters are at a disadvantage after being hit by their attacker. Block hit is too slow. Slipping a hit while gaining positional advantage is far superior.

  48. I think I need to quit taekwondo because all people are telling taekwondo is weak for closer range and not good for self defance against street fight and free fight my taekwondo that I practice is WTF.

  49. what you are said exactly every one have to accept, because it's hundred percent truth.
    i am taekwondo black belt player but now i am changed my opinion as like you , recently i joined in karate institute.
    for self defense purpose karate, Aikido, boxing kind of martial arts best.

  50. Oh, in away Tae Kwon Do is not my cup of tea, but l think it is also a deadly form of self defense, it depend's on what you want, and what does he wan't from Martial Art's, what is it that he want's to benefit from Martial Arts then?!

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