Three main reasons that TKD got so much bad press according to me are:
- Desire to promote the Martial Arts aggressively, especially at the beginning (It's called Aggressive Marketing) in that perspective it created the "Airplane Promotion". (never heard of that expression but that's accurate, thanks pugpaws2) Even my beloved ITF TKD made that as well at the beginning.
- Lure of money (McDojo)
- Became an Olympic game. At first it shouldn’t be a bad thing look at Judo for instance, nobody will say that it’s bad per see. But at least Judo is using most of the techniques they learn in their Dojo at the opposite to TKD that uses only feet. However, since it became Olympic many people of other styles started to become envious of that fact and in there it’s easy to imagine what happens…
I’m rather sad that our Martial Art has such a bad name but I realized it was more an American problem than a world wide one. In other countries where you can’t make much money out of being a teacher or school owner it’s not as bad. Actually the vast majority of best people in ITF Taekwon-do students are from those countries. I can’t speak for WTF and won’t waste my time with Americanized TKD spin-off.
But what people don’t realize is that Karate was a great victim as well. Now it’s better because you get the TKD with spotlights on them and it’s not as popular as TKD but at the time Karate had their huge share of McDojo, especially in the ’70 and ’80.
ITF Black belt holder for many years
· 1 decade ago