- Mar 30, 2016
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what is the is the difference between taekwondo and karate?
Also Tae Kwon Do tends to focus more on kicking techniques while Karate focuses more on hand strikes
TKD is one of those martial arts that we should specify if we are talking about the sports version or the self-defense version. Same with karate.
The techniques in sport versions can be modified to be more effective for self defense and vice versa although whether a school teaches a sport version or a self defense version does make a difference. Although some schools teach both.TKD is one of those martial arts that we should specify if we are talking about the sports version or the self-defense version. Same with karate.
They're quite similar and Tae Kwon Do is sometimes in fact referred to as Korean Karate but some of the main differences would be how you stand. With Tae Kwon Do, the kind I've trained in, you stand more sideways with your kicking leg forward whereas with Karate you stand more squared off against your opponent with your stronger leg behind. Also Tae Kwon Do tends to focus more on kicking techniques while Karate focuses more on hand strikes and in Tae Kwon Do they put more of an emphases on high kicking and on ariel techniques.
It's quite simple, you are incorrect. Disagree as much as you like but you are confused. Karate btw is a generic name, perhaps you would like to actually specify which type of karate you think just focuses on hand techniques? I can tell you it's not mine Wado Ryu, we do everything equally, we like to be well rounded as does Shotokan. All the TKD I've seen outside the Olympic stuff also does techniques equally.
Karate is a generic term and often used to refer to all sorts of martial arts that are primarily striking
The main style I've trained in, Shito-Ryu Karate, is about half/half in terms of hand techniques vs kicking techniques or at least in my dojo that's how its done,
So if you're going to respond to my post by saying no perhaps you should explain why. To just say no without an explanation you probably won't be taken seriously.
So why are you saying 'karate' focuses mostly on hand techniques then if it's 50/50?
By the general public.
Bowing to sibbum at start of class etc.
That's a narrow definition.Tae Kwon do:
Sparring focuses on landing kicks
No, you don't get to do that. This is a martial arts site with martial artists, you don't get to cite the general public as experts. Even the general public can tell the difference between arts such as Judo and karate.
We have kicks in our kata so all karate doesn't focus on hand techniques. Our second kata onwards has kicks in it. The TKD equivalent has many hand techniques if you are going to regard kata as the sole component to judge a style by which of course it's not, many styles don't use kata at all.
I have actually graded in TKD, not a high grade but I train with a friend of mine every so often just for fun and of course he's an invaluable source of information if I need to know anything about TKD. I spar with his students, they use as many hand techniques as I do, I use as many kicks ( if not more actually my style has a wide repertoire of kicks) as they do.
Karate classes bow to the instructor at the start of class,
not at the one i go to....
i get u know.. someone said in karate schools we bow down to our instructor in the beginnning but i was saying @ d 1 i go 2 we dont do tht.