I’ve been involved in martial arts for many years in several different styles. I’ve been trained in karate, taekwondo, Brazilian jujitsu, Wing Chun kung fu and more. Mostly the karate, taekwondo and kung fu training I received were earlier on in my life. And then I was introduced to Brazilian jujitsu and after a few short weeks of that I no longer desire to train in karate or tae kwon do or kung fu anymore.
The reason is simple – once you’ve trained in Brazilian jujitsu there is really no comparison. And I have to say it depends on the quality of your instructor as there are a lot of low quality instructors out there that should not be teaching martial arts at all. Many of them are out there just for the money and they promote students to ranks that they do not qualify to be at.
I can tell you from a personal recent example that I know of a karate instructor that recently promoted several other students to black belts and I can tell you from watching them and knowing these individuals they cannot protect themselves effectively. You don’t give someone a black belt in any martial art that is extremely subpar and can’t defend themselves – but many taekwondo schools do.
Well anyway I trained for years in Brazilian jujitsu and I fought through competitions and largely through some underground fighting (as back then we didn’t have the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), WEC Wreckage and other organized fighting events). Back then it was all underground and it was all about gambling and it was dirty. Anything would go as there was no rules whatsoever.
And guess what? With my Brazilian jujitsu behind me I never lost a fight. It was never even close. It didn’t matter if someone had a 3rd, 5th, 6th or seventh degree black belt in tae kwon do, karate, kung fu, etc… Every flight always went to the ground and then it was just a matter of time before the other fighter made a mistake and they were either choked out, submitted or had their arm broken.
Now the title of my complaint was directed at tae kwon do and why it sucks. Well, it does suck and I’ll tell you why. No matter where you take it the dojos charge upwards of $100-$150 a month. And you are literally throwing that money away because your little fancy spin kicks are absolutely worthless in a real fight.
Now it may work in an open field with someone that has absolutely no experience fighting and is drunk. But in any other case you’re wasting your time and your money. This is because someone with just a fraction of training in Brazilian jujitsu will crush you. I can put a white belt in Brazilian jujitsu (with just 4 months of training) against a second degree black belt in tae kwon do from any instructor anywhere in the United States and they will win.
What spurred me to write this complaint against tae kwon do is what happened recently. I was taking my son to enroll him in school and I was talking to the assistant principal and telling them that my son was taking jujitsu. That was fine and dandy until this 25-year-old guy that apparently drives this van that picks up students and takes them to a local tae kwon do school piped in and said Brazilian jujitsu sucks.
I mean was this guy for real? He then proceeded to gloat and tell us how he was an extremely well-trained second degree black belt in taekwondo and won numerous trophies for competitions. At that I just had to let out a loud laugh. I then excuse myself and my son and we left. I actually felt sorry for the guy because the first time he ever gets in a fight and relies on his taekwondo he is sure to lose and that will greatly hurt his pride and he will then see that he has wasted a lot of money and time on useless training.
Taekwondo is an Olympic sport in my eyes and is no different than watching professional wrestling like the WWE. That’s all it is. It is just for show. And in a real fight I’m sorry but it’s going to go to the ground and the tae kwon do guy will be the first one to lose every time. Karate as a general rule has a little bit more preparedness for a closer battle and same with kung fu. As kung fu has their “sticky hands” training. But none of these can even come close to competing with Brazilian jujitsu which is designed for going to the ground and using your opponent’s energy against them.
I fell in love with Brazilian jujitsu because it enables someone of small stature or even a weaker composition to be able take on people twice their size literally. One of my favorite moves was always to jump on the person and wrap myself around them in such a way that they would fall to the ground in my guard. From here I exerted almost no energy whatsoever and there is basically not much they could do. And there is no defense in tae kwon do for this whatsoever.
There are some very minor positive aspects to taekwondo training (very limited, though), but it should come with a disclaimer similar to that of the scam online universities like University of Phoenix. At the end of the TV commercial for University of Phoenix and similar for profit online universities there’s this little blip disclaimer that says credits are unlikely to transfer (that’s because they will not transfer at all). Taekwondo should come with a similar disclaimer that says training in Taekwondo is unlikely to help in a real fight. Or a better disclaimer would be – Taekwondo sucks and participants regardless of rank earned are never prepared for a real fight.