karate or taekwondo

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  1. outcastkid

    outcastkid Yellow Belt

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    hi guys recently just join college.and it has quite a few martial arts activity.i want to get u guys recommendations.i want to be a flexible fighter that cud kick fast yet poweful and do crazy stuff like jackie chan and bruce lee.i have choice either of taekwondo and karate.so which one shud i choose and WHY?if can,i want to be able to do crazy kicks asap.
     
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    If you're just looking for some crazy flying kicks, go with the TKD. What style of Karate are they teaching?
     
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    its either kyokushin or shotokan.those usual stuff
     
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    Well if you want the kicks TKD has got them. But in terms of fighting the kyokushin is probably better. You know if they have boxing, that and TKD could be a good combo as well. Are you doing this for fun or sport? If it s just for fun, just watch each one and do whatever look like more fun to you.
     
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    Karate - The Way Of The Empty Hand
    Tae Kwon Do - The Way of the Foot and Fist

    From my experience, flexibility and speed are both essential and core concepts in TKD. Power+speed+flex comes with Olympic style TKD.

    This doesn't mean TKD is better or worse than Karate. I just know what I train.

    Remember, the fighter makes the fight, not the style.
     
  6. outcastkid

    outcastkid Yellow Belt

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    i'm not doing it for fun.i want to improve my flexibilty and able to kick hard and do crazy kicks.
     
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    NinjaKilla187 Blue Belt

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    TKD then for sure. I started in traditional Karate and had a lot of fun but its not very practicle for fighting and there is lots of training time wasted on doing ancient folk dances.

    A good TKD gym will give you a better workout, better flexibility and more sparring and you will at least learn a couple of things that might work in a fight or competition. And I found TKD to be more fun than a lot of other TMA I tried.
     
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    I think it completely depends on the instructor. If your only purpose is to learn how to kick, the TKD is a clear answer. However, all things being equal, you will learn more about incorporating realistic kicks into an attack with Karate. Not to over-gerneralize, but most sparring I've done against TKD has been not too hard because they seem to train for a point sport and not follow-up (e.g. leaving their feet for me to catch, etc.). This is why I think it is all about the instructor and what they think they are training you for...
     
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    If your looking for tough MA. Kyokushin is really tough... but i suggest tkd as the best starting MMA.. it will develop your speed, flexibility, and kicks..which are hard to develop... then you cn decide if your gonna stay with TKD or go into other MA like Muay thai... but for start TKD and boxing will do..
     
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    If your looking for tough MA. Kyokushin is really tough... but i suggest tkd as the best starting MMA.. it will develop your speed, flexibility, and kicks..which are hard to develop... then you cn decide if your gonna stay with TKD or go into other MA like Muay thai... but for start TKD and boxing will do..
     
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    Kyokushinkai does also have a huge arsenal of wicked kicks....

    As the axe kick, wheel of thunder and other jumping kicks, spinning (back) kicks, lowkicks and punches only against the body and some knees only against the head but withouth clinching or holding your opponent so you have to jump your knee in !

    Also Kyokushinkai gives you a good base to kick and it's the strongest karate.

    I would even say some dojos have hard training regime, even THai-kickboxing is nothing to compare with !!!

    I would personally go with Karate Kyokushinkai !
     
  12. Mike MacDonald

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    KArate is better.
     
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    I love Karate, so call me biased, but I am very happy to say that you must not start karate in order to to "crazy kicks". If the karate school you're considering is anything close to legitimate, you'll only be frustrated if you want bullshit acrobatics. Jumping and spinning is a very small part of most karate-styles I know, and with good reason in opinion. Unless you want to do TKD as a sport of course.

    But again, considering what you're saying, you want TKD.
     
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    I'd go with TKD. It teaches both foot and hand techniques, makes you fast and flexible, and gives you a longer range in a fight. (legs are longer than arms) Besides, it just looks cool.
     
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    Please tell me this is a bullshit thread. No one with a serious desire would put "crazy kicks asap" in their post.
     
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    check out how good the trainers are, and where they got their BB's.
     
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    taekwondo =crazy kicks
     
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    do kuykoshin, you learn to fight and still learn flashy kicks
     
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    Tang Soo Do is the same thing as TKD, but with some self-defense stuff, etc.
     
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