TKD/Marital arts thread

Any TKD practitioners here? Also, martial arts thread. High brown belt in TKD btw.

  1. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    im black so ill never look cool doing martial arts

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      I'm literally black as well - OP

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        im black so ill never look cool doing martial arts

        you can’t do boxing?

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          No sir.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        HOLY SHIT it's kanye west.

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          😉

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        yo wtf it's actually kanye

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      What kind of mental illness is this? I've never seen it before

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Au contraire

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      bro teddy reiner is the greatest hw judoka of all time. That Lanklet can’t be stopped
      Ewertin texeria won the iko kyukhusin karate and was among the top 10 k1 fighters
      Ernesto hoost best k1 fighter
      Boxing mma nuff said

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Teddy Reiner is the greatest hw of all time
        >Played with timid rules and no leg grabs for more than half of his career
        >Played in a time where most heavyweights were literally whos
        >The good judokas he did best were on their way to retirement
        He is usually almost a foot taller than his competition, you can’t train height. But with all that said he would probably still be a top 10 judoka if there were still leg grabs. I personally wouldn’t put him above even Hitoshi Saito

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      What the fuck are you talking about?

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      If you're talking about traditional martial arts then google Kung Fu Blaxploitation films. Present times, every time I go to a kickboxing gym there's always the one jacked former Tae Kwon Do anime bro effortlessly jumping around doing all sorts of flashy spinning kicks.

  2. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    You get taught in a ITF or WTF school?

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      This is the school I go to, not sure if WTF or ITF, I never went to tournaments but might start:

      https://www.yunstkd.com/

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        >https://www.yunstkd.com/

        It's ITF. Hand techniques to the head are allowed, which is as it should be.

  3. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've actually been considering joining a TKD dojo for the past few years, I vacationed in South Korea and saw some public displays where guys were whirling around jumping in gravity defying ways while they kicked boards and it looked rad. Not as a martial art, more like a really cool dance. Seems fun.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      You should do it, I think. It is really fun and I think you'll be proud once you see results.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Not as a martial art, more like a really cool dance. Seems fun.
      Give it a shot, you have the right mentality. I do a variety of martial arts, and it's far more realistic to go into them as a sort of health/fitness/body control thing than to delude yourself into believing they will make you a killing machine.

      Case in point, I really like the more athletic version of kung fu (like the performance stuff), but it's solidly more in the gymnastics territory than anything else. I can swing a sword around in really cool ways, but there's never gonna be a situation where I'mma need to use that to cut someone. That said, it's a REALLY good workout, and I like to think I look cool doing it.

      You'll get better, keep trying. Do you practice after class?

      >Do you practice after class?
      I recommend this, but it depends on what you're good/bad at.

      If you have difficulty remembering forms/choreo/whatever they call it, make it a daily practice for a while. Case in point, I have hard-as-balls forms I'm working on for a competition involving all sorts of aerial jumps, and I practice those near-daily because it helps develop obvious confidence in the movement.

      On the other hand, if you have a hard time being athletic, then just go on runs and up your gym sessions. Lots of Muay Thai guys go on daily runs - probably overkill, but the principle is good.

      More broadly, early on, drill punches and kicks a lot. It gives a solid foundation that will pay dividends. I think that probably especially applies to TKD, which is super kick-y.

      I don't, I usually have a class before class with the teacher and a few other guys
      Thought about getting a dummy but should practice some solo drills at home

      >I usually have a class before class with the teacher and a few other guys
      This is super smart and often the best way to fast track your learning - show up early/stay late with other passionate people.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        Myau Thai guys run apparently 3-5 miles a day, its not much when split into 2.5 miles two times a day since they don't try to build up their legs with muscle.

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          Yeah.

          I have heard that running is the best way to get dense shin bones. I don't know if that is why MT guys run, but that is a good way to make your legs harder.

          https://i.imgur.com/38AUlro.jpg

          How old is too old to learn martial arts
          >t. did TKD as a kid but wanted to learn another martial art at 26

          Why does everyone think there is an age cap for martial arts?

          How long do I have to train Muay Thai before I am fairly competent in it? I've been training for about 2 months and am barely better than a beginner

          Maybe 6 months? I don't know. I feel like I am always improving in little steps and I have been doing martial arts for 5 years, MT for 1.5

          Help me, bros. Do I:
          A) fulfill an old promise I made to myself, go back to training Kenpo Karate after a break of many years, and obtain my Black Belt (only even got up to Brown) or
          B) ignore doing a martial art which isn't super useful in an actual fight, and pick up Muay Thai or MMA, starting basically from scratch and even having to re-learn some stuff?

          Can you do both?

          If you switched over to MT you probably wouldn't be "starting from scratch". Also, if you go to a MT gym and train MT, there isn't anything stopping you from doing karate moves. I go to a gym with a MT class, and I like practicing karate stuff at home, and I just bring karate stuff into MT sparring.

          Do they spar in your karate program?

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        >believing they will make you a killing machine.
        You don't get to become a killing machine until you get to the level where they teach you hapkido

  4. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I'm a white, almost blue, belt in BJJ and I feel like a white with no stripes, my back hurts and I suck, got no grip, nor IQ. I though I would be good given I can fight standing or so I thought...

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      You'll get better, keep trying. Do you practice after class?

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        I don't, I usually have a class before class with the teacher and a few other guys
        Thought about getting a dummy but should practice some solo drills at home

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          Practice after class, I think that would help a lot. Do you have any vids of you fighting? Might help. discord?

          • 4 months ago
            Anonymous

            None of that

            >Not as a martial art, more like a really cool dance. Seems fun.
            Give it a shot, you have the right mentality. I do a variety of martial arts, and it's far more realistic to go into them as a sort of health/fitness/body control thing than to delude yourself into believing they will make you a killing machine.

            Case in point, I really like the more athletic version of kung fu (like the performance stuff), but it's solidly more in the gymnastics territory than anything else. I can swing a sword around in really cool ways, but there's never gonna be a situation where I'mma need to use that to cut someone. That said, it's a REALLY good workout, and I like to think I look cool doing it.

            [...]
            >Do you practice after class?
            I recommend this, but it depends on what you're good/bad at.

            If you have difficulty remembering forms/choreo/whatever they call it, make it a daily practice for a while. Case in point, I have hard-as-balls forms I'm working on for a competition involving all sorts of aerial jumps, and I practice those near-daily because it helps develop obvious confidence in the movement.

            On the other hand, if you have a hard time being athletic, then just go on runs and up your gym sessions. Lots of Muay Thai guys go on daily runs - probably overkill, but the principle is good.

            More broadly, early on, drill punches and kicks a lot. It gives a solid foundation that will pay dividends. I think that probably especially applies to TKD, which is super kick-y.

            [...]
            >I usually have a class before class with the teacher and a few other guys
            This is super smart and often the best way to fast track your learning - show up early/stay late with other passionate people.

            yeah, it's a gift

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Purple belt here. Literally everyone sucks at bjj when they first start.
      >my back hurts and I suck, got no grip
      kettlebells

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        I-I have 4 stripes... Shouldn't I be better by now?

        I say that, until you're purple, just shut the fuck up, show up, and work hard. You're not supposed to feel good at BJJ until then

        fuck

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      I say that, until you're purple, just shut the fuck up, show up, and work hard. You're not supposed to feel good at BJJ until then

  5. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Pro tip, practice running, box jumps and jump rope for sparring as well as leg flexibility. Speed and explosiveness in TKD is strength.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Thank you, I never got medals while my older brother did. He practiced after class and was less shy than me. I want to surpass him. I'm fairly short, but my brother is two inches shorter and still better than me, lol. I'm 5'7 and he is 5'5.

  6. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    TKD is garbage. I did it as a kid. One belt away from black.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      How is it garbage? Any recommendations? I want to lose weight and learn discipline.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        it's not, he was forced to take tkd as a kid and now hates it, if you go with the right mindset it is really fun and of course it'll help you lose weight and stay focused

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          It is. If you want to do spinny shit, tricking or gymnastics are superior. If you want cardio swimming is superior. If you want something actually effective muay thai is superior. There is literally no context in which tkd is the correct answer

  7. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I want to do judo and wrestling, trouble is that one wrestling club only does a class a week on saturday and the other one has two of their three weekly lessons on the same day as the judo.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Three weekly sessions is better than one, go with Wrestling also lift weights.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        I could alternate between the two weekly?

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          No point, consistency is key in learning in physical disciplines.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      what are your goals? Training for mma? For fun? To compete in one or both?

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        I just want to be a pretty good grappler, I really like the look of both martial arts.

  8. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Did ITF style tkd for fifteen years, made fourth dan and was an instructor. Quit after I realized how no matter the school money comes first

  9. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I got my black in TKD as a kid way back in 1993. Gave it up not long after. Then my wife got into watching Cobra Kai so I started showing her some basics I remembered, then after covid I tracked down my old master and found he is still teaching. Started training with him again and just passed 1st dan last week. Funny never see TKD mentioned on here

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Mostly because the meme sport McDojos they produce, its basically leg fencing with acrobatics.

  10. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I was looking for a sport to complement with my lifting as a way to regain some motivation and started bjj this past week and it was great until i remembered my back is shit , i tried to go for a guillotine from a closed guard last friday and was in pain the whole weekend so i dont think is the right sport for me.

    Now i am unsure of what to do i wouldnt do boxing sports because of the brain damage and TKD has alot of larping aspects im not attracted to. I cant think of any other sport that appeals to me. Any advise?

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Go with HEMA, full on LARP but a based one at that, especially if you got full contact armor larp group, shit's solid.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        fuck that would be great, but fencing kendo or hema are first world privileges not available to me

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          wrasslin

  11. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I used to do tkd in middle school. Stopped after I got to "junior black" and realised there was three more levels of "junior black" for $120 each I had to pass to qualify for blackbelt advancement.
    Didn't learn anything new in those juniors either, just reviewed what you already learned three belts ago

  12. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    How long do I have to train Muay Thai before I am fairly competent in it? I've been training for about 2 months and am barely better than a beginner

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      >2 months
      You're not better than a beginner, you are a beginner

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Practice more than the average beginner and you will be better. Also, go to the gym. I would say 6 months and you will notice change.

  13. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    How old is too old to learn martial arts
    >t. did TKD as a kid but wanted to learn another martial art at 26

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      You're never too old, the older people in my class were waay better than me. I started at 14.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      When u die, as long as you can kinda move you can kinda learn.

  14. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    im not a gay

  15. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I'm 34, i did 4 years of judo when i was in university, what's a martial art i could pick up without high risk of injuries?

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      bjj, its less takedown

  16. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Currently working to get my split back after a lazyish summer

  17. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Help me, bros. Do I:
    A) fulfill an old promise I made to myself, go back to training Kenpo Karate after a break of many years, and obtain my Black Belt (only even got up to Brown) or
    B) ignore doing a martial art which isn't super useful in an actual fight, and pick up Muay Thai or MMA, starting basically from scratch and even having to re-learn some stuff?

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      get the black belt then go on to whatever else you want. karate isn't totally worthless and you'll see a lot of the same strikes blocks and kicks when you go to mma or whatever else you're interested in.

  18. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    >start doing tkd this year
    >out of shape friends be like uhhhh anon muscle isn't enough bro you gonna seee its all about technique bro is not about being the biggest dude
    >kick really hard
    >kick even harder
    > ":o"
    >"anon you have talent wanna compete with us?"
    i dont even have good mobility i just make the loudest kicks was it all about that? im scared

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      I think its just that TKD kicking is not a very good for fighting.

      Spinning takes too long and people see it coming. Kicks have to either be very fast, directly to the target and without telegraph, OR they have to be set up in a combo. Otherwise opponents see them coming and avoid them.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        wheel kicks and spin back kicks are great if they're circling into it or you can set it up with a lead hook or roundhouse

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          Also very true

          >be southpaw
          >lead foot dominance battle
          >people usually try to circle on the left
          >spin hook kick as they do so

          So much fun

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        moron setting up big strikes is true for literally any strike. If try to yolo a rear hook you'll get your shit rocked too

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          I don't know if that is really true.

          Human reaction time is what it is. If you can strike faster than reaction time, then opponents really cannot react fast enough to do anything about getting hit.

          Kicks are bigger and slower and so they are easier to react to. Punches from the pocket really are so close that opponents cannot react. Once you are in the pocket your only option is to bawl it out. To swang and bang.

          • 4 months ago
            Anonymous

            you have no idea what you're talking about

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        This is why you throw them as a counter, if you walk into a spinning back kick you are going to get hurt.

        Add being the bigger guy (hey, no weight classes in a fight) and it will fuck ppl up:

        Bonus clip: being familiar with spinning tech allows you to learn and go for spinning elbows and back fists (illegal in tkd but again is a fight) very effectively

        Real problems are:
        1 zero takedown defence
        2 zero face punch defence
        3 bladed stance only

        Can’t be your main style you will need some boxing but when I moved to mma I kept landing spin shit on the regular

        • 4 months ago
          Anonymous

          Most reaction time has to do with being in and recognizing similar situations from the past. Spinning strikes aren't common in all martial arts so they can catch people by surprise if they aren't experienced.

          • 4 months ago
            Anonymous

            Also this, people can’t defend head kicks in general for the same reason in my gym
            Question marks kicks, I even get away with inside crescent kicks being a southpaw.
            Wouldn’t do it in a real fight probably for the risk reward ratio but imho TKD is legit even for the streets with some adjustments

  19. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Tkd is a waste of time.
    t. 4th dan who competed internationally and now does muay thai

  20. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I’m a black belt in tkd. I highly recommend this sports/martial arts to kids and teenagers.

    Pros:
    1) develop your cores/legs/hip muscles and stabilizing muscles really well
    2) improve your agility, jumps, balancing

    Cons:
    It’s a piece of garbage in actual fight. Trust me, I had several tkd rule fights quite seriously until I went to high school where I dropped tkd and started rowing and rugby

    It is a wonderful martial arts for kids who are developing their muscles since these leg dominant martial arts help you developing legs/core/hips/stabilizer really really well. This helped me for playing rugby/football/other agility sports.
    But when you are older than 18, it’s time to gain actual muscles from weight lifting. So make your kids do tkd until they go to middle/high school; then they will choose other chad sports with better starting point then other kids.

  21. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    tkd is a little cringe but tkd moves in full contact striking is very based. Spin hook kicks will always be badass.

  22. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    TKD is a meme
    it won't any shit in actual MMA fight

  23. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I did TKD for 15 years ama

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Are you strong?

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        I stopped doing it three years ago or so and I'm really out of shape. Getting back into shape now. I still have sick legs relative to my fitness level though.

  24. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I got to 2nd-kun before quitting at 14
    My mom didn't want me competing with head shots, and competing was the fun part of it for me. At that point I was an instructor.
    I'm glad she didn't want me getting kicked in the head. I've already had a couple of concussions, and brain damage is no joke. Unless your lifes purpose is becoming the best fighter, and you plan to do what it takes to make a living, dont take risks like that

  25. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I always wanted to get into martial arts, but I have hyper mobility in my ankles so it's just too strenuous on my joints.

    Also, I'd rather not get my face fucked up with welts and bruises. I've got a handsome babyface and I'd prefer to keep it that way

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Find a gym that does boxing workout without real fighting, better tha nothing.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      I have hyper mobility in all my joints and I am half man half hard brace when i go to train. Stop being a pussy.

  26. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    so I have had 26 sessions of judo (3 per week) and I know jack shit about sports and stuff. I am soon to get a yellow belt. can someone give me some information about judo or martial arts in general?

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      -Don't stress too much about the wishy washy stuff.

      -Kuzushi is pretty the main thing you need to understand along with getting used to relaxing with your ukemi.

      -Uchimata is bettter than seoi nage.

  27. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Tard kwon DO

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