OlympicTKD said:A Badachagi is not all there is to Olympic Taekwondo. Apparently that is all he needed to use in order to beat you.
No one ever said he beat me. As a matter of fact, he couldn't stop me from hitting himn repeatedly. That was the point I was trying to figure out, without having to say that I whooped up on some guy that used very little technique.
We spar for sport, yes. But we also learn a great deal of self-defense. Sparring for me is not why I'm in TKD. I'm in it because it is a martail art and I had missed the martial arts in my life.
So now, I'm stuck here thinking that Olympic TKD is like watching a kickboxing match with different scoring areas and time limits.
Just because someone goes to tournaments doesn't mean its just a sport to them. Yes, it is sport if there is points involved and so on... but that's just a bonus thing. It is NOT the reason we do it. At least its not my reason.
We compete with poome-sae, weapons, and sparring. Some chose to spar, some just want to do forms, others just go for weapons. I do all three and have won State for my division in weapons and ranked 2nd in free sparring and forms.
The only thing I wanted to know what was envolved in Olympic style TKD. I wasn't trying to put one up against the other here... just compairing them to see the differences.... nothing more.