its not only TKD. its the MMA fanboys hating on what they dont understand. its just as good as any martial art.
does it make sense to you? how can a martial art be better than the other? its the person training in it.
at the moment, brazillian jiu jitsu is popular, for example. here is a scenario:
the BJJ guy is really great at what he does and is a great and accomplished grappler. he trains every day.
the TKD guy trains every so often and when he feels like it. he isnt dedicated. whats gonna happen?
the TKD guy is going to get taken down and submitted, because he is slow, cant defend takedowns well, and is unskilled and possesses no power.
the same thing goes for the other way around
if the TKD guy is dedicated, and the BJJ guy is not, then the TKD guy will have the BJJ guy knocked oout before the BJJ guy can lay a hand on him.
currently martial arts are being branded on how effective they are in the UFC, which is just about as far from real fighting as you can get, but nonetheless, uneducated people beleive it is and they go online and talk about how Muay thai and BJJ are the only applicable martial arts on the planet. traditional martial arts like taekwondo, karate, ju jitsu (different from jiu jitsu), and kung fu etc. have been around for so long is because they work. they were not created for cage fighting. brazillian jiu jitsu was made for cage fighting. traditional martial arts were made for war, to kill your opponent.
average joe MMA fans dont have a clue about real fighing. they now just about as much about fighing as i know about singapore. i dont even know where singapore is.
how is MMA different from traditional martial arts? well there is no:
Eye gouging or biting
Spitting at an opponent
Groin attacks of any kind
Putting a finger into any orifice or any cut or laceration of an opponent
Small joint manipulation
Striking downward using the point of the elbow
Striking to the spine or the back of the head
Kicking to the kidney with a heel
Throat strikes of any kind, including a trachea grab
Clawing, pinching or twisting the flesh
Grabbing the clavicle
Kicking or kneeing the head of a grounded opponent
Stomping a grounded opponent
Holding the fence
Holding the shorts or gloves of an opponent
Using foul language (Words hurt sometimes more than punches)
Unsportsmanlike conduct that causes injury to an opponent
Throwing opponent out of ring
Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck
Applying any foreign substance to the hair or body to gain an advantage
and many more things that i do not feel like listing..
to get my point across, MMA is not real fighing, so when traditonal martial artists want to use every aspect of fighting, they are not allowed to. that is why you generally only see muay thai and BJJ in MMA.
more downsides would be:
- you do not learn defense against weapons (guns, knives, bats etc)
- you do not learn how to take on multiple attackers, armed or unarmed
- you do not learn street scenarios (gun to head, knife to throat)
bottom line is MMA is not for self defense. traditonal martial arts are. (TKD, karate etc.)
and if you are learning at a real TKD dojang (which is hard to find these days) then you should be learning all these things
6 years taekwondo (red belt after six years, i am 15) and MMA
ps. it is true that some places hand away belts for money and there are mcdojos. you have to look out for these things and stay away from them. if anyone in your class under the age of about 16 has a blackbelt i suggest you leave.