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Old 08-21-2008, 06:11 AM   #1
Floyd Russell
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Anyone watching Taekwondo on the Olympics?

Here's the link to the USA Taekwondo main page. All the updates are there.

Unfortunately the sport isn't being televised this time around but it's available online.

Now I know most of us Americans have a bias towards Olympic TKD because of things that seem non-functional in a real-life situation.

Keep in mind that because of the rules in place, the martial art has evolved into a sport much akin to fencing and chess. If you watch the US fighters (Charlotte, Diana, Mark, and Steven) you'll see what how important foot work is in this sport.

Just one thing I would like to stress on is the fighters who just bounce up and down have horrible footwork and they are not a model TKD player.

Another thing I would like to clear up is the whole arms at the side thing is usually a tactic used to trap offencive fighters into attacking.

That's just some perspective for now if you choose to view the fights. I'll lay out an entire dissertation on the sport some other day but for now enjoy!

Link to USA Taekwondo:

http://www.usa-taekwondo.us/ (Work/Family safe)
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Old 08-21-2008, 06:53 AM   #2
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Re: Anyone watching Taekwondo on the Olympics?

I watched a few minutes and was like....what the heck? I saw exactly what you said- bouncing and a few kicks that were obviously just taps trying to score a point. Yawn.
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Old 08-21-2008, 11:42 AM   #3
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Re: Anyone watching Taekwondo on the Olympics?

I have a video of the olympic trials from 1990 or something. They are really aggressive in that video. They must have changed the rules.... I haven't kept track of the rules.
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Old 08-22-2008, 08:14 AM   #4
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Re: Anyone watching Taekwondo on the Olympics?

No offence, but their performances leave a little bit to be desired. To me it looks like a whole lot of bouncing and bobbing around. Also the fact that the people that are competing are called players rather than fighters (at least on the limited coverage I have seen) says a lot about it
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Old 08-22-2008, 10:25 AM   #5
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Re: Anyone watching Taekwondo on the Olympics?

The arms at the side has been used for a long time. It allows you to get fairly quick kicks in while defending your sides. I never liked it. Never used it other than in sparring. I always felt that I had my strongest kicks and defense with raised arms. I think some also keep them down to not wear themselves out.

A kick is only supposed to score if it stops the momentum, or moves the opponent. I've had clear contacts not be scored because I hadn't kicked hard enough.

Staying light on your feet like a boxer is important so you can do a fast kick, do switches, etc.
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Old 08-22-2008, 12:56 PM   #6
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Re: Anyone watching Taekwondo on the Olympics?

Is there a more "raw" version of TKD than that shown in the Olympics? Something that would fit into this analogy:

Olympic Boxing : Professional Boxing :: Olympic TKD : ????
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Old 08-22-2008, 01:36 PM   #7
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Re: Anyone watching Taekwondo on the Olympics?

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Is there a more "raw" version of TKD than that shown in the Olympics? Something that would fit into this analogy:

Olympic Boxing : Professional Boxing :: Olympic TKD : ????
Yes...traditional TKD. The TKD schools I grew up in more closely resembled kickboxing schools. I admire the skill the Olympic style TKD practitioners possess, but I believe TKD becoming an Olympic sport has for the most part ruined the art.
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Old 08-22-2008, 01:59 PM   #8
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Re: Anyone watching Taekwondo on the Olympics?

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No offence, but their performances leave a little bit to be desired. To me it looks like a whole lot of bouncing and bobbing around. Also the fact that the people that are competing are called players rather than fighters (at least on the limited coverage I have seen) says a lot about it
judokas are also called judo players. doesn't mean they're any less of a "fighter" by any means.
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Old 08-26-2008, 10:33 AM   #9
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Re: Anyone watching Taekwondo on the Olympics?

What about Cuban TKD players who kick refs in the face?
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:02 AM   #10
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What about Cuban TKD players who kick refs in the face?
....but the ref just stood there, with a small cut lip....sucker kicked in the face by an Olympic athlete, and he wasn't really damaged?
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