I am starting to believe that the only real unique Taekwondo is "Kukki"-Taekwondo:angel:. Our sparring style is totally unique and everyone can recognize it as Taekwondo. Because of our way of sparring, we now have totally unique kicking techniques, and you won't see our style of sparring in any other martial arts schools. Poomsae training is good for those who like that kind of thing, and I think that poomsae competitions have changed Taekwondo for the better. And as a result, I can see students' technical levels greatly improving. But people never want to talk about poomsae's usefulness in real-life situations. Well, I think that poomsae training has very little to do with self defense. What about ITF-Taekwondo. Well, I like to watch their sparring, but I don't think their sparring style is unique at all. Sometimes you don't see much difference between Karate or ITF-Taekwondo fights. Now, notice I didn't say anything bad about ITF sparring! Any Comments? /Markku P.