This Taekwondo exhibition is nothing short of jaw-dropping (Video)

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  • Der Freischütz

    I wanna see the 'after' photos of their arms…

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  • knotmee

    This is an exhibition, not a tournament. And Taekwondo's emphasis on breaking boards has become an embarrassment, not a thing of achievement as in the last 20 years or so Taekwondo has been completely debunked as a fighting martial art. Its a side show trick now.

    • yellowbandit

      It all depends who trains you and where, it's not really fair to glaze over the entire martial art like that. Some of these feats definitely need decades of training to accomplish.

    • Becca

      Coming from someone who used to train Tae Kwon Do, you are absolutely correct. Yes, there are some "old school" martial artists out there who practice it for more than side-show tricks, but try taking the skills and the rigid rules of tkd on the street, and look forward to getting your ass kicked.

      BJJ and Muay Thai. That's where it's at.

      • michael

        pretty sure these "tae kwon do dudes could whoop ass on the streets! That being said… I love muay thai

        • Idk

          There are a lot of flaws in tkd. It wouldn't take more than an experienced street fighter to give these black belts a real challenge. In tkd you aren't aloud to throw hand strikes to the face and there's no way you're going to get a person to stand still and let you run up to do your kicks. There is no thought given to the ground game and throwing kicks just increases the likelyhood of a fight ending up on the ground where the majority of fights end up. There's a reason why most mma fighters don't rely on their tkd even if they a black belts like Anthony Pettis and Ben Henderson. Sure they can throw in something like the "showtime kick" but for the most part it's a debunked impratical martial art.

          • Karmabit

            Well a serious flaw to the "ground game" in a street fight is that most fights happen with associates of either combatant waiting for someone to go to the ground. You end up on your back with a 200 pound guy and 4 of his cronies near by, and you're likely to catch a dozen boots to the face. Then there is the off chance that it is a one on one. Anyone that's ever had their adrenal gland kick in during a fight will tell you that connecting every punch where you aim is out of the question. Just wait till you have some dudes jaw lined up and his head shifts left or right, say hello to a fractured wrist or broken knuckles. Boxing, judo, wing chun, and muay tai are all very good for street fights. Krav maga takes a little from all these with an emphasis on staying on your feet no matter what. Best real world training puts the focus on cardio and getting hit, a lot. I have studied Sayoc Kali, wing chun, and Krav maga, not seriously but enough to protect myself and family, and the best drill is a 5 minute 5 vs. 1 at the end of the session. Attackers get full gear, you get brain, arms and legs.

          • truth hurts

            just to let you know, no one has read all of that..

            • lat297

              I did, and I thought it was awesome. Your comment was quicker to read, but all I learnt was that you are a douche.

            • kryvian

              what lat297 said.

          • Olympic Sport

            I think you guys are missing the point of tae kwon do in its current guise. You're trying to explain how TKD fits in a real-world street fight, or an MMA match, without first understanding why TKD is the way it is right now. TKD has become a purely Olympic sport. Read that again: it's an Olympic sport. For TKD to become that way, it had to develop certain rules of sporting conduct. Hence, having your arms at your side to block kicks, instead of up like you would in an actual fight. The way TKD is taught now, it's geared specifically to these TKD-only tournaments (Olympics). So no kidding TKD doesn't work in an MMA match. Try to understand it first before kicking it to the curb.

            • anti-MMA

              I agree to that too much TKD is geared toward the Olympic style but there are still "old-school" practitioners that practice a martial art (as opposed to a martial sport). These artists do not teach for a MMA match – they recognize that most fights are over in under 30 seconds and teach their students to respond to an assault accordingly. If necessary, engage quickly, strike hard, and get out – not dance around a ring for money.

              • Cornrow Wallace

                @ knotmee

                As someone who's done taekwondo for 20 years, I agree that other martial arts such as muay thai or BJJ may be more "useful" in a street fight.

                However, to disregard taekwondo as a martial art is an overstatement. There are a lot of things that you learn in olympic taekwondo such as timing, distance, striking technique that CAN be relevant in a fight. I guarantee that a black belt from a reputable school could take care of themselves just fine in "the real world". Yes it doesn't quite work on it's own in MMA but this isn't 1995 where you could get by with one style.

                • videologic

                  right. Someone who has trained tkd for many years is going to be much more dangerous than someone who has done nothing.

      • bob

        Unfortunately, BJJ is nowhere near as exciting as this even though these TKD Tricks aren’t as impressive as they once were. The average dude's reaction to a gi bjj match is " WTF, Why are these dudes aggressively spooning in pajamas?" I'm a huge fan of bjj, train it 4 days a week and I realize that it will never get to the Olympics but I'm OK with that. Rant done.

  • Mr Impoortant

    this is the equivalent of those guys that used to come to your school tearing up phonebooks. awesome.

    • Dan

      I remember That

      • Reese

        The PowerTeam

  • HipHopAnonymous

    well that escalated quickly

  • Dakota

    All I can think of when I see this is breaking bricks on sidekicks

  • Someone

    I see where koreans get all their anger from

  • michael

    I honestly didn't think it was actually going to be "jaw dropping"

    • Victoria, BC Chiver

      it jaw dropped laughing so hard, trying to transpose all those "war screams" into funny moments..
      moment 1: insert TKD war scream when Hermione punched Draco in the gut in HP3
      moment 2: insert TKD war scream when Sherlock blitzed that guy at the beginning of Sherlock Holmes (2009 film)
      moment 3: transpose TKD war screams over the Na`vi war screams in Avatar..
      moment 4: insert TKD during any one of the orgasm scenes in any American Pie movie..
      lol..still laughing..^__^

  • Revlis1

    I was really looking forward to some actual draw dropping. A bit let down. TKD as it exists in its mass marketed form especially here in the states is much closer to Gymnastics or Ballet class with better better outfits than any sort of legitimate martial art. Excellent for keeping in shape, and if it gets one more fat little kid off the streets I'm in, but there are a lot of deluded TKD black-belts running round America.

    • Cornrow Wallace

      What makes something a legitimate martial art?

      In my opinion, the school makes all the difference in the world. There are many deluded TKD black belts as there are many deluded shotokan, jiujitsu, judo black belts. If you train with the right people/instructor at the right school, I'm sure that you'll find the "legitimate martial art" that you're looking for.

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  • WCReinhart

    Yeah, OK North Korea, you practice that while us in the South keep on winning golds for marksmanship.

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  • 0331

    Oh big whoop! I can hold a board and break a stick on someone. What's so impressive about that?

  • Rebecca Schreiber

    Man, they must really hate cement blocks.

    • Muadieb

      I wonder how much their janitor hates them with cleaning up broken up cement all the time…

  • tazz__99

    Humanity is safe from any attacks of 1" x 12" pine boards..i know i will sleep easier tonight!!!

  • Thomsss

    Being myself a TKD student I can assure you these attacks can make a grown man cry… once he wakes up. Demonstration mostly shows the impressive kicks but there are a lot of grabs and really close combat stuff in TKD. I am in a Corean Dojang and the philosophy is more like "why break knees, elbows and limbs when you can just knock the guy out with a good kick to the face?". That's very different from "sadistics" martials from south Asia (I'm looking at you Viet Vo Dao :p ) imo.

    • Anonymous

      I seriously hope that "Corean Dojang" is some person's name and you didn't mean "Korean"

  • chris

    i hate these guys on the construction site.

  • LKS93

    The Dane Cook of martial arts…

  • howie

    Very good, but brick ….not hit back!

  • Tally

    Catered by Home Depot

  • kmac

    The older guy at 3:14 never gets hit with the sledge hammer. He breaks the bricks as its coming down. Still impressive, but not as cool as it could have been.

  • Postman Joe

    I don't speak the language but I'm guessing the guy at the end is saying "Come to this Teakwondo school where we'll teach you to smash the shit out of stuff and your fellow classmates!!"

  • misschris

    Sounded like a Van Damme movie

  • jae_rex

    I agree with the some of the comments said here. I studied traditional TKD for 11 years and used it as an intro in the other martial arts (muay thai and kali). Having the TKD base has definitely helped in the other disciplines. It is a great confidence builder for people and a way of discipline. The "new school" way TKD is taught is definitely is NOT considered "martial art" but more sport.

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