There are some fairly ill-informed generalisations and cliches in this thread, is all I am saying.
It's pretty easy to define what Taekwondo is not: it is not what people who don't practice it think it is
Alright, I thought I was familiar with everyone that has responded so far. Who here hasn't trained in TKD?
I think the question is irrelevant. It doesn't matter if the poster has no formal TKD training, or a few weeks training 20 years ago, or if they're a Big Shot in their organization.
Their experience (or lack thereof) will likely color their view, but they're still entitled to it and entitled to post about it, so long as they stay within the rules.
It's never the martial art. It's always the martial artist. I don't care what you train in, if you're better in your training than the other guy is in his, you have an advantage. Whether you can exploit that advantage or not is up to you.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.