- Nov 14, 2013
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Quite frankly, this is unfair. If a boxer gets taken down, and doesn't know how to ground fight, because all he's ever done is boxing, is that an indictment on his boxing gym?Sadly I was friends with a young lady (4th dan) and when I taught practical situations she would have been helpless. She knew all the forms, had good striking and kicking power, which is worthless if one doesn't know how to apply them. I taught grabs and not only she but other balck belts simply froze and did nothing. They "knew" the art but didn't know how to use it.
If you take someone who's training is in punches and kicks, and you grab them, it's not fair to criticize them for not knowing what to do in a situation they aren't trained for.
Taekwondo is, at its core, forms and kicks. Everything else you learn at a Taekwondo school is a plus.
I only hope that you used this as an opportunity to teach how to deal with that situation, instead of an opportunity to show them how much better you are because you know how to deal with the situation.