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This Is What The Kukkiwon And WTF Should Be Supporting

        If the leaders at the Kukkiwon were smart they would realize we live in a Kyeoktuki, or MMA, world and people want martial arts to work. Here is a Taekwondo world champion in Olympic Taekwondo, the WTF sport, who has entered MMA and has had some success and some losses as well. Point is, there was NO challenge for him or avenue for him after Olympic sport. What does a Taekwondo fighter do after he wins world championships? There is NO money in Taekwondo sparring competition. That is why Taekwondo sport is a sport for rich people who can afford all of the ridiculous prices for gear and special uniforms and other money making crap they charge everyone for. The poor and average middle class student cannot actually afford to do this or go to the Olympics in America. Even if they did have the cash, after they win it all or whatever the outcome is, there is no way to make money. Teaching sport? We live in an MMA world and people want martial arts to work in fights.

Check out Hong Young-Ki. A Korean, Taekwondo based fighter in Mixed Martial Arts.

Notice how he said the sport became boring. What will he do now? There is no professional level of Taekwondo. The only option is kickboxing or MMA. If the Kukkiwon got smart they would realize this should be the future of Korean Taekwondo. To support real fighters who can make Taekwondo respected more. The fact he is undertaking MMA is inspiring. The Kukkiwon or WTF should have a Kyeoktuki league for more serious combat sports. They need to have a Korean fight team that trains and has a camp in the Kukkiwon or Taekwondowon. Or just local dojangs. These are the types of fighters who will develop real Taekwondo to the next level. Ktigers and demo teams, and scorpion kicking sportists are regressing Taekwondo.

I think the Kukkiwon should capitalize on this and start promoting the serious nature of Taekwondo. Korean-cultural-kicking daycare centers around the world should not be the extend of Korea’s martial arts cultural export of Taekwondo, and should not be the end goal. Taekwondo fighting should. Accept challenges and fight. You can still promote the positive attitudes and character building of martial arts. MMA does not take away from the traditional aspects of Taekwondo and having someone from this traditional martial art doing more realistic combat sports should give major respect to Taekwondo as a whole. Uniforms, bowing, poomsae, and more. In actuality Ktigers and demo teams are ruining the traditional aspects of Taekwondo with their gangster-wannabe backwards hats and egotistical behavior on the dance stage.

Kukkiwon please support MMA!!! Join in or get left behind. This is reality and many people are realizing it, especially us waygukin (foreigners).