Comic Relief; Taekwondo Knockouts!

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: Humor
28 Jun 2014

2 Responses to “Comic Relief; Taekwondo Knockouts!”

  1. Dr. J Says:

    I have a black belt in a Korean style (before it became TKD) as well as Kenpo. My Korean instructor was a formidable fighter! My Kenpo instructor had a background in Kang Duk Won. He is in the Tracy’s Black Belt Hall of Fame! I imagine both of them would be quite disappointed, as you are John, as to what TKD has become.

    When I go to Youtube and watch Tang Soo Do, I think that is much closer to what I was lucky enough to learn.

    Hey, curling is in the Olympics, lol!

  2. Zara Says:

    Obviously sparring or competition that favours high kicking and disallows punches to the head is highly unrealistic. What I don’t get though is why they don’t even bother to keep their hands close to their face to protect against kicks. Kyokushin karate has the same flaw: no hand strikes to the head allowed so they stay in punching range trading kicks and punches to the body. At least when they do it they don’t wear much protection.

    The first rule of fighting is to always keep your hands up (once while I was training kicks I let my hands drop and my teacher threw a kicking shield into my face to make a point, I was actually grateful for the reminder as in sparring I would have eaten his fist), if this isn’t necessary it’s not real fighting. The way these people go at it you’d think both their arms were paralyzed.

    The reason why this made it to the Olympics is probably a) it’s visually attractive (at least to the uneducated) and b) it’s perfectly harmless most of the times unlike full-contact sports that are based on punching like boxing or kickboxing.

    I agree with your assesment: this is a joke and more aking to acrobatics or dance than anything else. It was funny to see how some of them actually fell down after hitting the other guy.