Through the years we've of course had numerous threads on TKD and self defense i.e. TKD is great for self defense or TKD sucks for self defense or TKD was never designed for self-defense etc. What I'd like to look at is the 'why' for a person's perspective on TKD. If 'you' feel that TKD is great for self-defense...what do you base that perspective on? If you feel it isn't good for self defense, same question...what do you base your perspective on? Do you have the qualifications and/or experience with real world self defense to make a determination? Was your instructor well versed in what qualifies as solid self-defense and then passed it on to you? If so, what was his qualifications?