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dapunisher

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I've noticed an increasing amount of TKD practioners on the forumn so I kind of want this thread to be a check in point for the TKD guys so we all know who each other are and what not. So we can discuss or send some pm on the subject.

No bashing please, I've heard every reason under the sun why tkd sucks and i still think their all bullshit.
 
TKD was actually the first art I really focused on and it has developed my kicks to be perfectly honest. Of course when you start training muay thai, you'll have to learn how to kick muay thai style but just as a judoka would quickly pick up BJJ, I think a TKD practitioner would quickly pick up kickboxing as well
 
TKD was one of the first MA's I did. I cought onto the kicking techniques very quickly and I've been working to perfect my roundhouses for the past 3 years. After the first year, I took up boxing to make up for the abysmal punching in TKD. Now I do Muay Thai in addition, and my experiance in TKD has helped me a huge amount with MT kicks.
 
TKD to start out and fav to compete in.

But i haven't trained in it for about a year now. I generally focus on my boxing and MT now.

and like the others i made the transition fairly easy, my tkd club wasn't strict TKD and mixed other styles into our own, the first 2/3 of our rounds was much like a MT round. We preached power over speed. So even crossing over i still had one of the strongest kicks in the club.
 
actually i just recently left my tkd school, to focus more on chaquan/san shou(and the school's a little too belt oriented).

i still practice tkd on my own though and have some good tkd sparring partners to work with. and tkd's a real fun sport to compete in, and excellent overlooked style.

hell ending in my sport jj match last week was flying sidekick to the chest- followed by spinning hook kick which missed, and the tkd style roundkick to the head-end of the fight with my opponent laying on the ground bloodied and paramedics coming over.
 
add another tkd guy. I think whatever you do you have to keep an open mind.
 
Hey guys good to see all the feedback, and props to K.O. kid on fighting at the otc. I spent this last saturday negotiating a 4 hour drive down to Ohio in order to train with Master Boles And Master Larry Lucas I had a great time and have nothing but repect for both of them.

Personally I belive TKD helps develop many skills that would greatly benefit MMA fighters that do not necessarily involve actual striking techniques.

For example ring management is a huge factor in any type of fight, and I notice that many fighters seem to neglect this aspect of the game.

Also: Footwork, I believe 100 percent that TKD fighters especially the olympic level ones have the best footwork and economy of movement in the world.
 
yes tkd has great footwork but point sparrers have better footwork imo. i was watching some of the continious point sparring at the tiger balm and i was pretty impressed by there footwork. constantly circling and moving in at the right time, eventhough point sparrers dont tend to have anything else(no power/presise target strikes, follow up). some boxer i've seen who was spares in a small ring also uses that type of foot work and he's good. chaquan also uses that kinda constant circling foot work and sudden lunge/flying strikes with more followup/precise power/ set up

tkd's got real good evasive foot work but don't move around in general as well.

then again i would hesitate to say any style's the best at anything.
 
Footwork is only good if it facilitates powerful striking. If you want to move fast, turn around and run.
 
i actually trained tang soo do for my first art where tkd is derived from
 
if there's one thing that tkd really impresses me is the footwork on how you can quickly setup a roundhouse kick and lose in on the distance, etc. It has helped me when I train in MT or kickboxing since I still get to use those footwork fundamentals I've learned.
 
I'm in TKD and it's A.I.M.A.A. TKD and I think TKD helps your skills in many ways.
 
Originally posted by dapunisher
Hey guys good to see all the feedback, and props to K.O. kid on fighting at the otc. I spent this last saturday negotiating a 4 hour drive down to Ohio in order to train with Master Boles And Master Larry Lucas I had a great time and have nothing but repect for both of them.

Personally I belive TKD helps develop many skills that would greatly benefit MMA fighters that do not necessarily involve actual striking techniques.

For example ring management is a huge factor in any type of fight, and I notice that many fighters seem to neglect this aspect of the game.

Also: Footwork, I believe 100 percent that TKD fighters especially the olympic level ones have the best footwork and economy of movement in the world.
thanks for the props i go back in three weeks.........but i also belive tkd can help develop many skills....and you are right olympic tkders do have the best footwork , the way that we can move in and out of attacking range without getting hit, the way we set up are combos, and so on....but we have yet to see an olympic style tkder in MMA let alone K-1....it would be great to see what would happen if a good olympic style tkder went up against muay thai or kyokushin...but again something would have to be changed about the tkders style he would have to learn to punch to the head and low kick....i personally think that olympic style tkd footwork would most help out kyokushin style fighting
 
actually i don't think it's neccessary to punch high/kick low to be successful in those competitions. just look how often guys like mirko kick high, and there are quite a few body shot specialists. body shots followed by high kick rules. what's important however, is learning to defend head punches/low kicks.

it's kinda funny when i spare some good thai boxers, they always seem to get more leg kicks, while i always manage to sneak in some clean head kicks.

i personally don't kick low too often, and rarly punch to the head(ironically), but use more hammerfists/backfists to the head.
 
TKD is good stuff - I incorporate several of it's kick into my Muay Thai and it's been very effective, especially against Thai's who only fight very basic.
 
I did ITF TKD for 8 years. Really enjoyed it alot! But stopped to oursue a career in wrestling which is a better suited combat sport for me. Anyways I did not do TKF for the fitness or for flexibilty or any mess like that (although I got both of those with it) I did it to learn to fight, which I did! My TKD teacher was a very great instructor who even got muay Thai kick boxers to come to our psarring classes to fight us. He made sure we could handle our selfs wether it be in the ring or street.
 

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