April 24, 2007 2:06am CST
im a regular taekwondo practitioner and i also regularly join taekwondo competitions. its a kinda sad thing that taekwondo has now evolved to merely a sport and has lost the martial arts essence of it. i do train both the ITF and WTF curriculum and aside from that, i do train with military who knows taekwondo. they said that taekwondo now has really changed compared before and i could say it really did, though still, its a good sport. any taekwondo practitioners here?
• United States
27 Apr 07
First of all..if you truly care about your martial arts tuteledge, you should never call it a sport, even if that's what it is becoming where you study. To call something like Taekwondo or gongfu or wushu a sport is a disgrace to its roots. That would be like calling painting a sport, martial arts gets the arts part from the expression of the individual, not following a cirriculum, sure, you have to practice to perfect your ability to express, the same way a painter will doodle and go through certain strokes they learn, but it's still expression, your body, mind, and soul are the easel to the expression to the martial movement. On another note, though..it is very sad that moderen martial arts are turning into sports and losing what makes it pure. I fear that one day all martials arts will become this way if something is not done.
28 Jun 07
in your blood runs a martial artist, your an artist dont take too long mastering a single art you are just painting in black and white try different colors try different arts that is what a true martial arist is. be creative, be imaginative. create your own fighting techniques. i have fought masters& won.it is because i didnt make myself blind.
28 Jun 07
i use to be a practitioner of this art when i was a kid but i realized i was a looser specially when i noticed i have short limbs and a larger much built upper body and not too long legs i was imbalanced i could kick and punch hard and could knock sandbags out but couldn't reach anyone so i tried grappling or jiujitsu i loved it. it was more favorable for me then incorporated boxing not as a counterpuncher but a slugger like mike tyson similarly with small limbs..for me close range is the safest place for taekwondo its mid range..right???and practically even bruce lee said 85-90% of the fights end up in the ground.as a martial artist you should be an empty cup and you shouldn't stop learning learn more and see the difference&incorporate what is best.i am not a master of any art but i studied almost everythin including this art &i am competing against 2nd dan black belt taekwondo, a pro boxer and masters of judo. in my opinion you can use striking as a disruption but if you can take it to the ground as quick as possible then its done without a sweat at all, without blood, without any effort just technique and no brute strength at all.just make him tap out or pass out and leave him their disabled,crippled or asleep saying see you when you wake up,or catch me if you can walk or punch me if you can still strike..
26 Jun 07
hi there, i have been practicing taekwondo for the last 10 years (although i haven't been able to train lately because i finished school and work took up all my time). when i started, taekwondo was already on its way to becoming "commercialized," so our trainings were more geared towards competitive sparring. still, i believe that it really is up to the person to glean any and all learnings from it and apply it to his daily life. i guess that's the essence of any discipline, right? i know some people though, who are good in taekwondo in the athletic sense but they do not necessarily embody the tenets that being a tkd practitioner entails. Godspeed.