Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Nobody likes Tae Kwon Do (or everybody hates being kicked in the head)
Well, the commentator certainly found this kick "impresionante" but what I found interesting was that the guy was falling over and still had the presence of mind (or was it just an intense, drilled, fighting mind) to kick as he went down...
Incredibly shabby handwork! These guys were within hand striking distance but didn't even look like they'd be prepared to swat a passing fly, let alone hit each other with their hands. They didn't seem to block with their arms either. It has to be said though that I have trained with the University Tae Kwon Do squad and those guys are really sharp with their legs: rapid and strong so *if* you can get past their legs and through their leg guard you can be effective, if not you get thumped on the way in.
But you know what, I'm not going to churn out all the old chestnuts about Tae Kwon Do because it seems that many other martial artists look down upon it anyway, so I don't need to.
Surely though, all 'games' (or disciplines if you prefer) have rules? You wouldn't pick the ball up in football would you?
More on Aaron Cook, British Tae Kwon Do Olympic 2012 hopeful, here: