Tae Kwon Do


The nice thing about Taekwondo is that it is a very modern martial art. Kung fu, and other arts are great in their own right, but in Taekwondo we do not focus on flips, and unneeded moves like Capoeria or Wushu (both of these arts are awesome but for a self defense situation they are not exactly the best to go with.) It is straight to the point. Fast and powerful strikes. We also learn knife defense, gun defense, along with grappling, and throws. Yes Taekwondo is weak when it comes to grappling, but you really should not end up in that situation in a real fight anyway. Grappling is more dangerous than a fist fight especially when the guy attacking you is bigger, and stronger. We are taught how to avoid getting into that situation, but we learn how to get out of it should it happen. I have lots of respect for other arts, but there is a reason why Taekwondo is the world's most practiced martial art.

Tae kwon do is ok but not useful for real life situations its great until a curtain point but suddenly you start having to fight with nunchuks and all that crap. I mean the odds of you finding a nunchuk when fighting are very VERY slim

I love Tae Kwon Do but I think it's far from being at the top spot. The sport would be more effective if it were used in real time combat situations...or at least sparring without the pads.

Taekwondo is awesome because you learn how to defend in every situation and you learn a lot in sparring and there are seminars where you can learn a little of other martial arts

I've been in Tae-Kwon-Do since I was just a little girl and I find it very useful if I were to ever need to use self defense. It's a great way of exercise, discipline, and fun. It's cool to know how to defend yourself just by using your hands and feet.

I do tae-kwon-do and I would be trust me this self defense martial art is not a five mile run and still keeps u fit. It will take about three to four years to get your black belt. But u can't get a full black belt until your 16 but u can still be a joiner black belt at any age.

I love taking Tae Kwon Do but I do have to admit that it's a very vulnerable martial art. Although, it is a useful one. If you want to take multiple martial arts, I would highly suggest this one as a starter. You'll learn a lot of great kicking moves which become useful in the future. It's also much more easy to take than others and will get you ready for more sophisticated styles such as Kung Fu and Muay Thai. - Mcgillacuddy

Have been practicing itf taekwondo for many years me and my children. We love it. Also it's give you confidence. Had many fight on the street, never lost one yet. Because always ready to face any situation. Keep you fit, and your body get conditions as long as regular training continue. If you make taekwondo passion then it is the best according to me.

I am a Second Degree Black Belt in TKD. I started when I was 6 years old and was in and out of it for years. Once I really got back in it, I've kept with it for 4 years straight. It truly is a grate sport but more than that it is a way of life. I agree with the statement that you learn more than to just kick and punch. I myself have learned some grappling ( wrestling), joint manipulations, throws, also my school is starting to get into weapons but those are not our main focus. TKD depending on the style and how it is taught can be a very useful form of self defense. I take traditional TKD and I find that this style is very piratical for self defense. It is not flashy and is based on good techniques, speed, and power.

Taekwondo is best for its self defense and also calm self esteem.. When ever a attacker comes you don't need to worry you can block and do your thing.

You are right ATA is the BEST it might not be the best for self defense but has so much diversity it's great for beginners and if you choose to go further I am sure the current grand master would give Bruce Lee a good go (he wouldn't win) but whoever says Tae Kwon Do isn't hard at a higher level hasn't got there yet

Taekwondo is really just a "sport" made to take money away from American parents because really, how can a 7 year old be a black belt already? I would really beat that kid without learning anything at all

Taekwondo is a martial art which is the strongest start of kicks to punches. A force to the collapse. I am now a green belt

Yes taekwondo surely is the best. Is also the most entertaining sport! Being taekwondo kid myself, I know how great it and you can only judge if you are a part of this art!

Taekwondo teaches you how to kick, block, strick and self defense and to defend yourself quickly and to get out of the area to be safe I agree that this is the best martial you could do!

I do Tae Kwon Do, and I have to say straight up that there is no best martial arts out there. Martial Arts each are their own thing, not just something you can compare like guns or tanks. - KrizChin

TAEKWONDO is amazing. A lot of people think it is just punching, but you are learning self defense too. It also gives confidence and teaches respect.

I started learning Tae Kwon Do from 6 years old and I already learnt it for 4 years. I learnt many things along the way. This is a great martial art.

Taekwondo is not just foolishness maybe you should look at some of the things we martial artists do before you assume that it is stupid or anything like that we can do lots of different things. I've learned kicks and punches that is never have thought to use in my entire life. Now I'm a state level 2nd degree blackbelt. One of my best choices

Very versatile, has many powerful attacks, and it is also about economics of space and movement in your attacks.

I really enjoy Tae Kwon Do and have been doing it for about 4years. And it is great to know that other people enjoy it to. Thanks everyone!

I have personally accepted this choice of violent combat without exceptionally talking without sense.

I'm currently taking Tae Kwon Do right now and at the place I go to I am currently at the blue belt ranking. - Anonymousxcxc

I totally agree. Tae Kwon Do is probably one of the most widely-known martial arts, and it is very fun. I was in Hapkido for 7 or 8 years and moved to a different school where they teach Tae Kwon Do. I have been in that school for about 2 years now and I love it. - username34

Traditional Taekwondo is a very well rounded art - and builds not only skills, but also honor, respect, physical fitness, confidence (and on and on).