I just got back from watching my daughter's Tae Kwon Do class. She's taking the black belt class in preparation to test for hers in October. The instructor was speaking to the black belts about some "changes" in the school. She went over a few minor time changes and other things, then she said, "We'll also be adding some groundfighting drills and techniques to our regular classes for all belts." WTF? My ears perked up at hearing this, and my daughter glanced at me and smiled. I'm not sure how to take this news. There's several outcomes: This TKD school is a major McDojo, with many "franchises" around the country. Perhaps the Masters at the top realized that they just can't get by by flailing arms and legs into the air anymore? Good. Hopefully, they'll teach some solid techniques geared more towards self-defense than sport - and I hope they spar alot. I have no idea who will teach this. Will they bring in some BJJ guys, or just send some high-ranking black belts to a weekend crash-course seminar? Then they come back and teach their new magical skills to everyone else? Perhaps, "ground fighting" isn't grappling at all. Maybe it's the same as TKD stand-up, but only the kicks/punches/blocks will be directed upwards? Uggh. I hope they don't make forms (katas) out of this... I didn't have a chance to ask anyone afterwards, but I will find out soon. My daughter's 12, and I tolerate her taking TKD classes because she loves it so much. I don't bash it in front of her, but I have explained to her that she needs to learn grappling, and I'm starting to ease her into it. I plan on taking her to a BJJ club that I just joined in a couple of months. There's a girl there she could learn a lot from. So, had anyone ever heard of TKD teaching grappling? Of course, I've trained in BJJ off-hours at places that were TKD schools, but never heard of it being incorporated into TKD itself. Opinions?